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XP not deleting user accounts

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mykidsdaddy, Dec 25, 2010.

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  1. mykidsdaddy

    mykidsdaddy Thread Starter

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    Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

    I am only an hour away from needing to have this computer under the tree! I thought it would be a piece of cake...NOT!!!
    I am giving my son a homebuilt XP machine that I built and we have been using. I thought it would be nice to take all of our user names and files off it and leave it blank (except for mine). Anyway...when I am going through the motions of deleting an account...it accepts the keyboard input...asks whether I want to keep or delete that users files..........and then it sits there! When I finally lose patience...I "X" it out and Windows is giving me the Un-Responsive Program box. It happened to me on a computer I worked on a few weeks ago and I ended up doing a clean install.

    Well...I didn't have as much time as I thought! My boy just walked through the front door! :eek: :confused: :rolleyes:
    I will explain it away but I still need to know what XP is doing here so I can fix it!

    Thanks to all!;)
     
  2. Saga Lout

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    More patience is required, I'm afraid - I've known that process hang for an hour but it does compete in the end. Perhaps Safe Mode as Administrator can do it more quickly.


    EDIT - Use Task Manager>Applications to end that attempt if it remains unresponsive.
     
  3. mykidsdaddy

    mykidsdaddy Thread Starter

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    So...I can just click to delete and wait it out??? Hmmm! Does anyone know where I can download some patience??? I musta caught a virus and had patience wiped from my software...I just keep getting "Unable to Locate" ;)
     
  4. Saga Lout

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    Well if it's still running after three days, it's time to power off and on and deal with those files in the normal way - Documents and Settings>{username} and start deleting in bite size pieces. You'll need to open up th esystem to show all the files, even the hidden ones.
     
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