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Windows 7: Deleting Domain User Accounts, Profiles, and Files


12 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
How to Delete Domain User Accounts, Profiles, and Files

Iím a new user of Windows 7, just turned it on for the first time a few days ago, but Iím pretty familiar with the setup since Iíve used Vista for over a year now. This Windows 7 machine that I just turned on a few days ago is a new work machine for another employee here at my place of work. Iíve gone ahead and already added it to our domain, and Iíve signed onto it using multiple user accounts that were created in our Active Directory. My question is, how can I go about deleting those Domain User Accounts, Profiles, and Files off of this Windows 7 computer? Iíve already made the mistake of deleting the user folder in the C:\Users folder, just to find out that if I deleted a user and tried to sign back on as that user (thinking it would create a new profile folder in C:\Users), it created a temporary profile.

In the past when using XP all I would normally have to do is delete the user profile folder in C:\Documents and Settings and I was able to sign back in as that user and have a new profile created.

I hope this makes sense!

Thanks

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20 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Come on, there has to be an answer to this, or does it simply not make sense!?!
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27 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
Recreating Domain Profile in Windows 7

Uh, better late than never ...

Recreating Domain Profile in Windows 7
IT Knowledge Base Ľ Recreating Domain Profile in Windows 7

"In Windows XP you could simply login as administrator and rename the profile folder. As soon as logged back in as this user everything was recreated. In Windows 7 and Vista it doesnít work like this anymore. If you just delete or rename the profile folder and you try to log back in it is going to create you a temporary profile. To avoid that you need to open the registry."

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Search there for the profile you renamed or deleted and delete the folder. Reboot the computer and it should work again."
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27 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7; Server 08; Window Home Server; Vista; XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmiman22 View Post
I’m a new user of Windows 7, just turned it on for the first time a few days ago, but I’m pretty familiar with the setup since I’ve used Vista for over a year now. This Windows 7 machine that I just turned on a few days ago is a new work machine for another employee here at my place of work. I’ve gone ahead and already added it to our domain, and I’ve signed onto it using multiple user accounts that were created in our Active Directory. My question is, how can I go about deleting those Domain User Accounts, Profiles, and Files off of this Windows 7 computer? I’ve already made the mistake of deleting the user folder in the C:\Users folder, just to find out that if I deleted a user and tried to sign back on as that user (thinking it would create a new profile folder in C:\Users), it created a temporary profile.

In the past when using XP all I would normally have to do is delete the user profile folder in C:\Documents and Settings and I was able to sign back in as that user and have a new profile created.

I hope this makes sense!

Thanks
Open control panel and double click the system icon. On the left side click Advanced System Settings. On the dialog box that pops up right in the middle of the Advanced Tab is user profiles. Click the settings button. From here you can high light the profiles you would like to delete.

Now to fix the temp. profile issue.

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile - Vista Forums

The instructions are the same for Vista and Windows 7
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27 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
back up user data...

Reminder: Regardless of the method you use to delete and/or regenerate a user profile, be sure to backup the user data from the original (corrupt?) profile so the user will still have access to their data.
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