This is a weird one. A boss asked me to take a laptop that used to be a work laptop and was now being used by a daughter for school and "make it safe." In other words, remove the VPN, our software and anything else that would be bad if it fell into the wrong hands. I say no problem, and get to work uninstalling stuff. I look at the user folder and see a familiar name and that gets me curious, so i am checking the identity of the laptop and i see that it is still technically on our Domain, even though it is not actively connected to the network. so i figure, I'll remove it just to be safe. I put it on a generic workgroup and made sure to blank the local user account password to make it easy. Little did i know, the child was using a renamed domain account. when i disconnected it, the user folder remained, but all of the documents (term papers, homework assignments, all of it) just disappeared. Now i have gone from the guy who did the boss a solid to the a--hole who may have deleted the only copy of this child's academic history. i tried restoring deleted files. they weren't among the restorable files, it was just the usual internet temp files. So i figure, they are still on the computer, windows just will not let me see the locations. i've tried manually typing in the folder location, windows says it doesn't exist. I tried "restore previous versions" of the user folder, it said there were none. i even connected to the company wifi and rejoined the domain. then i found a very old version of one of the folders in question, but it was left on the file server from the last time the laptop had been connected to the domain. it was not the local version still nothing current. does anyone have any suggestions or should i just reconcile myself to never getting another promotion ever again?