Then all may not be lost, although I'm surprised any folders are left after you have deleted an account. Be that as it may, this may just be a question of Taking Ownership;
But beware, if others here say that to recover those files you need to stop writing to the hard disk and start using recovery utilities, then you may be writing to the disk in the meantime.
Big problem, if anyone can help.
in tweaking around w/ the user accounts, using start-run-"control userpasswords2", I deleted an account, forgetting that it was on that account that I had valuable files (1) on the desktop, and (2) in the emails and favorites. maybe other things as well that I'm just not thinking of right now.
any ideas whether / how it's possible to retrieve?
(even when I'm logged in as administrator now, and I try to click on the old user account's directory in windows explorer, it tells me that access is denied).