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Windows 7: Delete old user account that's maybe corrupt

5 Days Ago   #1
T R Finlay

Windows 7 Professional Premium 64 bit
 
 
Delete old user account that's maybe corrupt

Win 7. PC. How do I delete an old user account that I cannot delete from the User Accounts page. I tried removing it using the User Accounts option, but many of the files remain. This account does not appear in the Add or Remove User Accounts page? I've already moved all the data files to another account.


The folder for this old User Account and the remaining files appear in the tree view using Windows Explorer under C: Users. I need all files (that won't crash the PC) removed and the folder for this user name deleted. It does not seem like a good idea to just delete the remaining files, and some can't be deleted anyway because of some permissions issue.


Thanks for any help!


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5 Days Ago   #2
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

We have a tutorial for permission issues. Ignore #3. That's for registry keys.
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
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4 Days Ago   #3
T R Finlay

Windows 7 Professional Premium 64 bit
 
 

I need to add one thing that may be a key to this: The 'old' user I'm trying to remove was a user name I had before having to reinstall Win 7, due to a possible malware or other virus issue. I have an HP machine, and it has a 'D' partition for reinstalling Windows. So I used the process of reinstalling that involves that 'D' partition. (Have full backup on an external drive, fortunately.)


After this reinstall, this previous 'user' and some files remained visible in the Windows Explorer file tree. Not as a user in that view.
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8 Hours Ago   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Once you determine which folders and which files can be safely removed, you can boot any puppy linux dvd or usb, tree climb...and delete those folders and files. Make sure you a restorable OS partition full image just in case.
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7 Hours Ago   #5
T R Finlay

Windows 7 Professional Premium 64 bit
 
 

" Once you determine which folders and which files can be safely removed, you can boot any puppy linux dvd or usb, tree climb...and delete those folders and files. Make sure you a restorable OS partition full image just in case."


Unfortunately I do not have the knowledge or skills to do what you suggest, or to understand some of the terms you list. No idea what a 'puppy linux' might be (although I do believe that I know what Linux is - a freeware OS), 'tree climb' and 'restorable OS partition full image' are beyond my experience. Nor would I know how to determine which folders or files could be safely removed.


My goal is to clean up my system before installing Win 10. Maybe I'm in a place here where my limited technical knowledge does not belong.


Thanks for the suggestions, though.
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6 Hours Ago   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, I am on an android tablet w/o keyboard, have to TerseOneStylusType. If we need to approach stuff that I terse-typed, I can use home-based windows laptop with full keyboard.
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