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Windows 7: Can't Access "Default User" folder in Users Folder

15 Apr 2010   #31
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

I know, I don't blame anyone on this matter but myself. Is the fix given by Ed (the post I put in quotes above) a solution to the problem, you think?


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15 Apr 2010   #32
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
Boy, do I seriously wish on the first page notsograymatter's post came AFTER logicearth's, because logicearth's post is what told me I should even go near what I did...and notsograymatter's post told me how to take access of something I SHOULDN'T have tried getting access to, no offense to NSGM, just saying.
Well... this is a volunteer forum, nobody gets trained or paid for the advice they offer here... Even worse we are divorced from the problem; that is, we're not sitting at the computer where we can really see what's going on... We're all going to be right sometimes and wrong others. The best we can do is offer you choices and opinions so the old saying applies: Caveat Emptor.

Just do bear in mind that ALL of us have sincerely tried to help you with your problem... I didn't see anyone attempting to misguide you or hassle you.
A very good, thoughtful and diplomatic response. Unfortunately, the system won't let me rep you...
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15 Apr 2010   #33
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
I know, I don't blame anyone on this matter but myself. Is the fix given by Ed (the post I put in quotes above) a solution to the problem, you think?
Ok, I'll cut to the chase for you...

1) Get a backup of all your pictures, documents, financials etc... BUY a backup drive if you have to.

2) Do a total cold start on your system... delete and recreate partitions, format everything, clean install, restore your data, sorting it as you go.

3) Use your computer.

4) When it ain't broke... don't fix it.
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15 Apr 2010   #34
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

Well I'll do a start up repair, then repair install, then clean install if neither of the previous two will work.

I've backed up everything.

And it's broke. It's not letting me even create new user accounts.

Also I was just wondering if the suggestion by Ed was something you happened to agree with...just asking about that in particular.
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15 Apr 2010   #35
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Sorry I haven't posted in here for a while Wandering Flame. I have been lurking to try and not overload the thread with posts. I see people suggesting the same thing. Try the Startup Repair, and then Repair Install. I hope it works. If it doesn't, then do a clean install. You could try Ed's advice (but I don't have enough info on it) if the repair install doesn't fix it. Since you would have to do a full re-install anyway.

As CommonTator stated, good advice is to back all of your data to an external drive. I would do this any way with or without problems. This is definitely worth the cost of an External Hard Drive. They are fairly cheap and a good 500G HD is plenty of space for regular users. Unless you are copying every movie you watch to it, then I would go for a 1 Terabyte HD.
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15 Apr 2010   #36
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
Well I'll do a start up repair, then repair install, then clean install if neither of the previous two will work.

I've backed up everything.

And it's broke. It's not letting me even create new user accounts.

Also I was just wondering if the suggestion by Ed was something you happened to agree with...just asking about that in particular.
No I don't... it's more fooling around that's just going to stand between you and the eventual solution...

I'm a little presceint about stuff like this (pisses my family off to no end) and I won't pull punches with you... You are about to keep trying to fix this, you will try thing after thing after thing... because your pride says you have to fix it or admit defeat. In the end you will admit defeat and hopefully you will realize there's no pride here; just a broken machine that is soaking up significant amounts of about 20 people's time. So as I see it you have your choices... mess with this for 3 months or fix it in 2 hours... It's up to your pride, I guess.

(No flames... just the thing as I see it)
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15 Apr 2010   #37
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

Thorsen, thanks for that. I was willing to try out Ed's advice before the Repair Install, which I will do before a clean install, if repair install fails. I am going to do Startup repair before Ed's advice also.

CT, dude there's no pride here in fact, I have been very depressed over this (to the point anyone without OCD would think I'm easily affected by small things in life) my goal is to try the easiest solution first...that is why I asked you if you thought Ed's advice (who I quoted over from Vista forums) would work. His solution was as easy as typing in an address and copying some text from a file he sent me! That is MUCH easier than a repair install...and a clean install.

And I was just asking some questions, my goal was not to annoy anybody...I am just impatient with answers especially since I've been already waiting for a LONG time to get my lists of things to do finished (since early February) so if I've pissed off anyone with my cries of help, I apologize...next step: Start-up repair most likely.
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15 Apr 2010   #38
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
Thorsen, thanks for that. I was willing to try out Ed's advice before the Repair Install, which I will do before a clean install, if repair install fails. I am going to do Startup repair before Ed's advice also.

CT, dude there's no pride here in fact, I have been very depressed over this (to the point anyone without OCD would think I'm easily affected by small things in life) my goal is to try the easiest solution first...that is why I asked you if you thought Ed's advice (who I quoted over from Vista forums) would work. His solution was as easy as typing in an address and copying some text from a file he sent me! That is MUCH easier than a repair install...and a clean install.

And I was just asking some questions, my goal was not to annoy anybody...I am just impatient with answers especially since I've been already waiting for a LONG time to get my lists of things to do finished (since early February) so if I've pissed off anyone with my cries of help, I apologize...next step: Start-up repair most likely.
I don't see anyone getting pissed off... heck, if you were here you would have heard me chuckling that evil little grunt of mine as I was typing....

To boil the whole thing down to an anecdote...
I once knew a guy who had a leak in his roof. He went off to get shingles, nails, buy a ladder, get a tar pot, tools etc. While he was out getting all this stuff, his son climbed up a tree, found the hole and brushed a little tar over it and came back down. An hour later daddy comes back with a truck load of stuff and everyone's sitting in the back yard having just finished a barbeque supper...

The moral of the story? Sometimes the quickest fixes get you the best burgers...
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16 Apr 2010   #39
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

Well I went with the a factory restore...dell guy helped me out on the dell site. Just a little dissapointed at how the menu options were changed for the factory restore than what they used to look like for their machines, but that shouldn't be an issue really.
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17 Apr 2010   #40
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

Oh and about the above, I found it kind of sad that half of Dell reps weren't aware of their own factory restore menu options that they recently updated.

Anyway, came here to ask if Brink or someone else created a tutorial on how to do a factory restore on Windows 7.
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