1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

User account deleted > recoverable?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bhaive_01, Feb 12, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    My sister’s husband accidentally deleted her account and so she just created a new account assuming all her files and pictures will be back to normal = NOPE

    Is there anyway to retrieve all her files, mp3, and photos?

    OS: Windows XP Pro / SP2
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2002
    Messages:
    22,468
    You can try going to the location of the old account to see if they are still there and accessible.
     
  3. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    She went to user accounts and it is no longer there. Just the administrator account, Support account etc... Her lost account is no longer there.

    or are you referring to something else?
     
  4. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2006
    Messages:
    9,126
    If there are still there but not accessible (access denied error), here is how to take ownership of the files and folders: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

    What happens if you try to recreate the account with the same name?
     
  5. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    ok, thanks.

    Hey, would a system restore to an earlier bring her account back?
     
  6. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    he,he she tried that and it didnt work.
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2002
    Messages:
    22,468
    You don't look in the user accounts to log in with.

    You need to look in the location on the hard drive under Documents and Settings where hopefully her old files are still located.
     
  8. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2006
    Messages:
    9,126
    When she tried to create an account with the same name was there an error saying the account cannot be created because it already exists?
     
  9. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2002
    Messages:
    22,468
    Yes. That is because there is still a directory with her old account in it.

    So again, can you can try going to the location of the old account to see if they are still there and accessible.
     
  10. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    Ok, I made a checklist so when I get to her house I have some ideas. Just in case, what would you guys recommend for a good data recovery software if all else fails.
     
  11. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    here is her original message.


    There's a little problem with my computer. My husband accidentally deleted my user name from the computer and now I can't see any of my files or pictures.. etc. How do i get it to normal again? I tried playing with by going into the users/passwords section of the control panel but it's asking me for an admin user and p.w. and i tried to get in, but no luck... HELP!!!!
     
  12. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2006
    Messages:
    9,126
    Is there still a folder in "C:\Documents and Settings\[deleted_username]" that contains the files you are looking for? Are they accessible, or access denied?

    I am trying to find out if the account was actually deleted, or only disabled.
     
  13. Bhaive_01

    Bhaive_01 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 16, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    folder is not there:(
     
  14. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    24,388
    There are hundreds of threads here on data recovery. If you do a search, you'll find lots of recommendations.
     
  15. bernardus

    bernardus

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Messages:
    538
  16. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/543559

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice