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Windows 7: New Profile Overrode Main Profile and All Data - Need to Retrieve Data

07 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64 Profesional
New Profile Overrode Main Profile and All Data - Need to Retrieve Data

Windows 7 Professional

New user account overridden main user account. NEED to get main account files back.

  1. I was having Windows issues and Windows logged me in to a temporary user account as a result.
  2. Via regedit I went to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion -> ProfileList", removed to '.bak' from my main profile listing that had been added when the temporary profile was created, and renamed the temporary profile.
  3. Restarted and tried logging in but with no luck. (Could login in Safety Mode and see my files but could not login in Normal Mode)
  4. I renamed this account.
  5. (Now the big mistake) I set up a new account hoping to move the files over to it BUT set it up with my main original profile name. So Windows has set up a new account structure with the same name and of course, it overwrote the old main account structure so now I can not access all of my files. When I changed the temporary account name, it had not change the account file structure.
Now the hard drive looks like it has a lot of free space as it has made my files available to be overridden.

Failed Solutions
  1. I do not have a resent backup to wind back to.
  2. I tried just winding back the system files 1 day but that does not effect the account structure.
I'm thinking that I may have to access the hard drive via Ubuntu or something and see if I can access the files some how.

Does anyone have a better idea on how to get my files back, or how to retrieve them using Ubuntu?

These are very important files. And yes, I should have sorted out my backup issues before I had this problem.

Thanks in anticipation.

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