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Windows 7: How do I restore "deleted" user profile (can find the file in Users)

21 Aug 2015   #1
Harrzack

Windows 7 Ultimate x 64
 
 
How do I restore "deleted" user profile (can find the file in Users)

Ok - first off - please no spankings!! I stepped on my wilie and I know it! And worse - I knew better...

This is about a fundamentally ok and up-to-date Windows 7 Ultimate system with plenty of resources and no virus or malware problems. Just a user prob...

I had (and still do) an 86 GIG user profile (like I said - no spankings!!). I've been making attempts to "fix" this and resize to something reasonable for some time now. Today I (foolishly) thought System Restore would cover me, set a restore point, and ran a script to 'clean up' the profile. Well - it sure did - now every thing is "new".... And of course the system restore fails with the dreaded 0x0800700xx error code. Have tried all the restore-fixes and nothing works. Now I don't even have the old restore files!

I'd like to get back to the old humongous profile - and IT STILL IS THERE! However it doesn't show up in "Local Users and Groups".

One repair I tried (which only sorta worked) was to log in as an Admin, and copy all the files in "AVR" (the lost one) to the new one "AVR.GBXBOX". I took several hours to copy all the files over (no spanking!!) and when I restarted, the "AVR.GFXBOX" is still the current user but only behaves somewhat like the original. But still isn't quite right: Outlook thinks it hasn't run and I had 6 email accounts I rather not have to rebuild. And other similar probs...

So with all that sad whining - my big question is:

How can I make the old user profile titled "AVR" become an active and recognized profile? Would this need to be some sort of registry edit? It sets in a User directory, but will not be listed an any system utility...

Once I get this repaired I'll do a proper backup and restore disk... (Macrium) - but would sure like to get back to my old, nasty bloated user profile. And - after all that - the new user (with a smallish profile) really doesn't boot any faster!

Just hoping somebody may have been thru such a debacle and have found a way to re-activate that old user.


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21 Aug 2015   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Can you go to Start / Control Panel / User Accounts / Manage another account ? (the 'old user' account?)
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21 Aug 2015   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You might see if this tutorial works: System Restore - Undo
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21 Aug 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Once you delete a user you can't use the old user folder as it will have a different security ID (SID) even if you create a new user with the same name.

Is it so hard to just re-do Outlook? Would this help/ Outlook 2010 - Copy Existing PST Folders to New PST (I am not using Outlook so don't have much experience with it). Rest would be copy pasting to the corresponding folders on the new profile.
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21 Aug 2015   #5
Harrzack

Windows 7 Ultimate x 64
 
 
Outlook is just the start...

I only mentioned that Outlook had lost its settings as an indication that many previously installed programs now think the are being run for the first time... Big PITA. Have also had to endure the umpteenth re-install of MS Office updates - all which have been done a LONG time ago.

Paying one's "dumb tax" is never fun...
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22 Aug 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you tried copying AppData to AppData as well? This folder is normally hidden and directly under your user profile folder (i.e., AVR\AppData).

MS Office updates shouldn't be user specific but I have not used it for a long time.
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