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User Account re-enable and file recovery

by janstey / June 15, 2007 12:22 AM PDT

Hi, I deleted a user account on my home PC running XP Media Edition. When I originally deleted the account, I chose the "do not delete user files" selection. I have added the user account back into the PC, but now cannot find the original files. Looking for some help on the recovery of these files. Thanks!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 12:24 AM PDT

Pull it out, toss it into another machine as a slave and try PC FILE INSPECTOR and (free demo there.)

If you are running that hard disk, the longer you wait to shut it down the more remote the chances of getting files back.

And yes, they were supposed to vanish given the scenario you provided. NOT A BUG.


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Do not delete files??
by janstey / June 15, 2007 12:32 AM PDT

Then why does the OS ask you if you do/do not want to delete files when you delete a user account if it removes files either way?

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Because it does.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 1:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Do not delete files??

When you create the account this is where I see Windows (almost all versions) clean it out.

The lesson here is not what happened but our choices about backup.


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Look in...
by John.Wilkinson / June 15, 2007 3:30 AM PDT

Windows XP doesn't automatically reassociate the files and settings with the new account because it has the same name as the old one, but I don't believe it's a matter of file recovery at this point either. Go into C:\Documents and Settings and look for a folder containing all of the documents and settings from the old account you removed. Most likely the folder will be named as the username. (If the username was John, usually the old account will use John as the folder name whereas the new John, if the old John's files were kept, will be in a folder named John1.) Once found, you can copy-and-paste the files where you want them, in the new account's folder.

Hope this helps,

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