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Restore removed WinXP accounts?

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#1 Guest_Daghead_*


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Posted 02 February 2010 - 02:03 PM

When in 'User Accounts' an account is deleted with the option to keep the user's files (there is no option simply to temporarily disable an account), the account's folder in 'Documents and Settings' is not removed. And yet the process of creating a new account in the same name creates a new stupid folder in Documents and Settings. In order to avoid the hassle of reconfiguring an equivalent new account, is there any way to restore one whose files still rest in Documents and Settings?

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 02:16 PM

You might try taking ownership of the old folders, then deleting them.

I don't believe you can "restore" a deleted profile, since there doesn't seem to be any documentation on such.

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:39 PM

Deleted accounts are simply that.... deleted. Each account is assigned as unique SID number and when you delete the account it goes with it. Files cannot be reassociated except by moving them into the new profile. If you want to disable an account to avoid this problem right click my computer, manage, users and computers, users, double click the user and check the box that says "this account is disabled". It will remain that way until re-enabled and no access using that account will be possible. To enable the account again go the same place and uncheck the account is disabled box.

Edited by Baltboy, 02 February 2010 - 03:40 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:26 PM

Well that SUCKS. But thanks for those very helpful tips!

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