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Windows 7: abandoned user folders

21 Jun 2011   #1

win 7 64 bit
 
 
abandoned user folders

I have a laptop that had the user accounts modified such that
a previous user profile was deleted by the administrator.
I can still see the user name on a folder under the Users folder
on the hard drive. The properties show that there is 121 MB if data
but when I open the folders they are all empty. The info I need is
in the desktop folder for this user.
I have explorer configured to show all hidden files and folders
Any suggestions

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21 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

If you're not the administrator, there's not much you can do. Have the admin move the files and assign ownership to you.
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22 Jun 2011   #3

win 7 64 bit
 
 

I logon as administrator
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22 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Try using the built-in administrator account, which is currently hidden. This account will let you run with full privileges.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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22 Jun 2011   #5

win 7 64 bit
 
 

I am logged in as admin.
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22 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oldshep View Post
I am logged in as admin.
Yes, I realise that, but the hidden account I mention will give you full privileges and should enable access to the files you're after.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/
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22 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oldshep View Post
I have a laptop that had the user accounts modified such that a previous user profile was deleted by the administrator.
Talking about yourself in third person confused me.

Take ownership of the folder then move/copy it to where ever you want. Preferably, that would be under your account. If these are Desktop files, don't move it to your Desktop folder; move/copy to a temp-folder and work from there.

It might be possible to restore the files from the Recycle Bin if that hasn't been cleared.
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