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How do I access/remove old user accounts?

by XPhelp12 / December 11, 2012 9:59 PM PST

I had to perform a PC System Recovery and now I was asked to create new user accounts. When I try to access the previous user accounts I am told "access denied".

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Re: user account
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 11, 2012 10:03 PM PST

Two good ways.
1. Take ownership of those folders. Google XP TAKE OWNERSHIP and do what you learn.
2. Boot from an Ubuntu disk and delete those foldes from their file manager.


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I've used both methods.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2012 11:28 PM PST
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I want to add that use of Ubuntu does not involve installing that as I use the LiveCD (there's a LiveUSB too) and since we can click around the windows there is no big learning curve here.

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If You've Used A FULL System Recovery-Formatting The Drive..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 8:53 AM PST

...then those user accounts probably don't exist any more. They've been wiped from the drive.. When the C drive is formatted and everything is reinstalled back to its factory condition, then there will be no user accounts available.. You'll need to create new ones and use any backups from DVD/external drive that you should have made before the recovery.

Hope this helps.


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