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#1 gailee


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:13 PM

Have a Dell Optiplex 330 running windows xp pro. Window would not start and did not boot safe mode (was able to get to diag & setup. Still under warranty w/ Dell and was instructed by them to do a re-install of windows, which I did. (A tech said it was a video prob) I contacted Dell again when there was no network adapter installed.

This computer is connected to a work domain. I created a new user to connect to the domain but it does not have admin privileges, ugh. Now I see I have these folders under Docs & Settings: Administrator (6/3/08)[purchase date of system], Default User, User, Administrator.ipswich (6/13/08), All Users (7/23/10), Rich (10/17/2010), Allusers.windows, rich.ipswich, Defaultuser.windows, administrator.rich (1/21/2010 - the day of reinstalling windows).

The user Rich has all the desktop shortcuts and files under it and I am assuming this the original logon user which I need to get back to. When I reinstalled windows, I did not realize nor did Dell tell me, that the user would still be there.
How can I get back to the original login (rich)? Will just deleting the new folders that were created on the windows re-install work?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:25 PM

I guess that I don't understand...what's preventing you from creating a proper account with Admin privileges...regardless of what name the user is provided?

Once any user account has admin privileges...it can take ownership of any of those files/folders under Docs & Settings.

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

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151


#3 gailee

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:28 PM

Thanks for responding. I think I have this info printed to check out tomorrow. I think what happened is that I created a user account after I reinstalled windows and I didn't need to; the old one was already there - I just didn't realize it since the system did not ask me to logon. So I went in somehow to make a way to log on to the domain buy copying setup from another user on the doamin. I was just wondering if I could delete the folders (Allusers.windows, rich.ipswich, Defaultuser.windows, administrator.rich) that were created when I reinstalled windows on 1/21/11. I want to go back to using the rich (10/17/2010) user which has the boss's desktop shortcuts and favorites setup.

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