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Windows User Accounts

by jonnibravo / September 9, 2008 9:23 PM PDT


My partner tried to create three accounts on her computer but lost all here icons, files and folders. We had to log off press ctrl-Alt_del twice to restore the (Original)admin account and delete the other user accounts created to restore her files.

How can we create a other accounts without this happening again.

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That's proper. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2008 9:29 PM PDT
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Because with no other accounts they are using the sole Administrator account. Next time learn about how to copy profiles first. Sorry but no one teaches this or warns people. Here's a starter article on copying a profile ->

And no, we don't care about the article's title. We use the method given to copy the profile.

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Tell us more.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 9, 2008 9:42 PM PDT
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When you create a new account, it has it's own Desktop, shortcut icons, My Documents folder, etc. It does not display these from any other account.

There are two types of User Account, Administrator, and Limited. The Administrator account has full powers to make changes to the system, including downloading and installing software, change system settings, and access all other accounts' files.

A Limited account cannot do these things.


When the computer running Windows XP is first set up out of the box, it will have a System Administrator account already setup. This has to be so, otherwise no-one could use the computer. But it is always recommended that a new Admin Account is created straight away, and that this new account is used.

When that new Admin Account is created, the "System Administrator" account disappears from the Welcome Screen and is hidden from view. This is by design to protect that account from being used and from possible corruption.

That System Administrator account has not been deleted, and can be accessed by booting the computer up into Safe Mode.

When a new Admin Account is created, the user can still access all the folders and files created in the hidden System Administrator account through My Computer, and navigating to C:\Documents and Settings where it is called Administrator.

Where did your method go wrong?


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User Accounts
by jonnibravo / September 10, 2008 12:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Tell us more.

The computer will not allow access to the adminstrator folder so the files are locked in there. We have even tried to copy the files onto the c drive and create a account after but it wont copy the files.

is the link below the method I should use;;en-us;811151

Or can I simply copy the desktop and my docs and everything work.

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Of course I can get access. Here's how I solved it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 1:34 AM PDT
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I typed XP TAKE OWNERSHIP at and I'm in.

Then again this could be a sign we need to talk about backup.

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