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How to delete orphan User remnants from Documents & Settings?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by zapp22, Jul 28, 2010.

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  1. zapp22

    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    not sure what causes this but I have seen it before.

    the sys is Windows XP SP3

    I had one machine that has gone out on loan during repairs and it now has several orphaned User folders under Documents & Settings, which did not have security set on them, have been emptied, but I would like to cleanup the mess. Logged in as Administrator and in safe mode I cannot delete these. I think this is one of those naming issues where the real name is not what's showing?? something like that.

    how do I ditch these? I figure i might could slave it to a Win7 system, take over the files, then delete. that's a lotta work so if there's a quick way, that's better
     
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    Have you gone into User Accounts in the Control Panel and deleted the unneeded user names, including all files and folders that are associated with them?

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    Give Unlocker 1.9.0 a try and see if it helps you get rid of that debris.

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    Have you tried taking ownership of the root user folder while in safe mode and then deleting it?
     
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    i confess ignorance: i thought if I logged in as Administrator in Win XP Pro, I have ownership... like master keys.
    how do I 'take ownership' in XP? Security tab?

    I had a similar thing going on with a hard drive redo, XP Pro also, on a laptop early this a.m. These were not user accounts per se but mystery files that I needed to ditch. couldn't write/read ddue to ownership issue. tried to take charge via the Security tab but that failed also.
     
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    I always delete user profiles by, logging in as the local admin, then right click on "my computer" then go to "properties" then "advanced" tab, then user profiles settings then select profile and "delete".
     
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