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Accidental Xp User Acct. Overwrite

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#1 mcbad1


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Posted 28 August 2007 - 07:13 PM

i have xp, i was trying to add another user, i did so, the new user was also a "computer administrator" (although not the same login name), and now i can't find the original files, documents, pictures, music, NOTHING! is that stuff gone? help!!!!! (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)

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#2 WinCrazy


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Posted 28 August 2007 - 09:58 PM

Hi mcbad1. You probably haven't lost anything. When a new user account is created, unless you specify otherwise XP will give the new account Administrator privileges. The new user was given a new login name and no other user (or the "Administrator" login account, either) account was affected.

Weren't you using a different user account all along ? Now that there are more than 1 user accounts XP will automatically stop at the Welcome screen and show you the list of user accounts to choos to log on to.

When logged into your new account you must change some settings to be allowed to view the files using Explorer that are in any other user account:

Open Explorer > Tools button in the toolbar > Folders Options > View tab > Uncheck the checkbox "Hide protected operating system files". It's highly recommended to also uncheck the checkbox "Hide extensions for known file types".

Browse to C:\Documents and Settings
You should see multiple folders there, among which are "All Users", "Default User", "LocalService" and "NetworkService". All other folders belong to the user accounts. You should recognize the folder names as the user account names. Your old account files are in the folder titled with your original user account name:

C:\Documents and Settings\{account name}\My Documents\

You should find all your files there.

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