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Windows 7: Moving/Copying the AppData folder

22 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Moving/Copying the AppData folder

Hello all,

It's my first time posting, I apologize if I am posting under the wrong category.

I made a really dumb mistake last night while setting up a VPN. Long story short I deleted my user account. Now, I did not lose any data at all (the account's folder still exists, untouched, in the /Users folder), it is just the user account picture and log in information that are gone. I have no way (that I know of) of re-referencing it so that it appears on my log-in screen again.

My issue is that I effectively lost some programs and all configuration files that were exclusively associated with that account. Which is years of config data that I would HATE to have to do again. My questions are as follows (which are two sides of the same coin really).

Is there some way to re-reference this user account so it shows up and loads up like normal on windows login once again? (The system displays it as "User Unknown")

If not, is there something that I can do with the /AppData folders of the new (recently created) and old ("deleted") accounts to make my new account be just like the old one?

A thousand Internets to whoever helps me with this! I have been cursing aloud all day long.

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22 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have you tried a system restore to a point in time before you deleted your user account?
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22 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thank you for replying!
Not yet, I was trying to avoid that option as my past experiences with SR have not been too good... Any alternatives more related to what I originally posted?
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22 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Problem fixed! System Restore came through for me!

I looked all over and found no problems (no duplicated folders/programs nothing)! Only thing is I need to re-install a couple of Windows updates, but I knew that was going to happen. Computer back to normal! Ya-hoo!
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22 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I would like to point out; however, that I believe this to be a rather large oversight on part of M$, if I were to delete my user account via the conventional way (Control Panel > Users > etc) the system would do a lot to make sure I knew what I was about to do. Yet, through the VPN Setup (Properties > Users > Delete), I was only given a rather ambiguous "are you sure" dialog and that was it; the system never gave me that Administrator Confirm dialog - Nothing. Moreover, I was configuring a VPN! I would have never ever expected it to be in any way related or even have that kind of access as to allow me to easily delete user accounts for good!

Sorry but my whole day was wasted on this issue, I needed to vent. /Rant.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

No, I'm afraid not.

I realise you're keen on trying a system restore, but you might want to check out this tutorial.

System Restore

Edit: seems you beat me to it.

It's nice to have a rant, but it's a bit pointless on here because we're not affiliated to Microsoft in any way - best to have a go at the Redmond mob direct really.
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