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SUPAMNEO

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Ok i was messing with some settings in a debug user account group... my main user. And i changed something in the registry and had to suddenly shut down. So i start up again and could not get in at all. Any hints? I am currently using my admin account... but all my important folders are on that user!! How can i get them back??

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What do you mean by you can't get in? Is it asking for a password to log in? :confused:

Unless someone else has a easy solution to your problem, you may be forced to reinstall the operating system and risk losing everything. :(

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It says you have been locked out of your account. Contact your system administrator. Fortunately i never used my admin xp account.. till now but everything important is saved on that user. That user is a member of the debug group on group policies.

well this is one way to learn for my 70-270 MCSA exam. *sighs*
 

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Be patient and let's see if someone else replies with an easy solution.

I know nothing about debug user account groups, so I'm of no help to you.

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can't you just use windows explorer to navigate to the files and copy them over? As admin, you should be able to take ownership of the files from that profile, and then do what you wish with them.

and the 70-270 is a snap. It's the 293 you gotta look out for. ;)
 

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well.. am i able to take ownership of the files? because i tried to access them from the admin account and was denied access repeatedly. And if i reset the password do i Lose My documents or the just the encrypted stuff?? (i know i learnt something like that in class but cannot quite remember)
 

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nope. Take ownership of the files while logged in as admin account. Once you do that, you can grant yourself (the admin) full control, and copy them over.

You should just be able to copy them anyhow. Have you tried copying via the command prompt? Far less picky.
 

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Hi, ok i took ownership of the USER account but for some reason it won't allow me to do anything when it comes to my documents. Any ideas? I really need to get this stuff its got some C# stuff i was working on and all my other crap i have not yet backed up.
 

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can't you just copy it over? Or burn it to disk then copy it from disk? Or put it on a thumb drive or something?
 

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Ok i recovered everything...:D. Now what do i do about that locked out account?
 

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create another one is the easiest thing and do NOT delete that old one, as you may still find data there you want.
 

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nope. Not unless you undid what you did to lock it.

I'd just create a new user account and copy your data into there. Shouldn't be that hard. Be sure to boot into safe mode to copy ntuser.dat and ntuser.bak.
 

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valis:

Thanks for jumping in and resolving the problem. :)

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