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removing a user from xp

by jlaw97 / October 26, 2008 1:11 AM PDT

if i remove a user profile from XP what happens to the files-pictures etc that were on his side. I ask this because my sister just lost her husband and she would like to remove his sign on but is afraid she will lose family pictures on his side

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Yes, those MIGHT go away.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2008 1:16 AM PDT

While the user account manager may ask if the files should be deleted, I can't count how many claim it deleted them anyway.

-> You also trip over the other issue. Why would we worry about these files since we would BACKUP what we can't lose?

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What you should do BEFORE removing the account is ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 26, 2008 4:30 AM PDT

log in with an ADMIN account and take ownership of the files in the husband's profile (C:\Documents and Settings\username_here )

After taking ownership look through them for any that you want to keep and move or copy them to her (the wife's) profile.

Now you can safely remove the user.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

This would also be workable - just skip creati8ng the new account as you will be using hers -
How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP

Now you have choices ...

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