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Windows XP User account login redirected to empty set of documents and settings folders

Question: Windows XP User account login redirected to empty set of documents and settings folders

Hi sorry to be one of those guys whos first post is one asking for help but here I am, so I appreciate any and all help and hope one day I can reciprocate the favor I also havent seen this problem described anywhere else online and thought people may find it fascinating as well.

When logging into the Primary user with admin privaledges account the desktop no longer has files and icons it used to have, and the start menu no longer shows the list of dfault or frequently opened programs (some programs but not all are also missing from the start menu programs section) If I open my documents from the start menu it takes me to an empty folder (not even my music or my pictures default folders inside)

I also have restricted permissions and cannot change any of the folder view options (such as show hidden files and folders)

When examing the Documents and settings folder I found a new folder called "TEMP" inside are the standard user account folders (application data, local settings ,documents ,desktop, etc) these folders now contained whatever I put in the my documents folder or on the desktop. The actual user name being logged into still has its folder located in the documents and settings folder and still has its files and folders intact.

It seems that the login however now has these new TEMP folders associated with it and a scan of Malware bytes has revealed nothing more then an ask.com adware toolbar. (but I believe the virus may have been removed prior to me having the computer in my possesion) So is there a way to undo this login redirect or should I just create a new user account and move the files into it?
Edit: more info, in the event log is this is event;

source: userenv
Event ID: 1505
Type: Error

Description: Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system

DETAIL - Access is denied.
Steps I have taken so far:
ran CHKDSK to automaticaly fix filesystem errors (only minor inconsistencies were found like 1000 unused index entries)
Had to set static network ip information to connect to the internet
certain windows folders (like windows/registration had no permissions for administrators or system)
Edit 2: looks like I have found a solution and its possible that this profile issue was simply a coincidence but this KB article has fixed the issue by changing the profile registry key maybe someone else will find it usefull http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215

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Answer: Windows XP User account login redirected to empty set of documents and settings folders

Welcome aboard Let's see, if we can recover your missing features.Download and run UnHideThen....Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList last 10 Event Viewer logList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan. * When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. * Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. * When completed, a log will open in Notepad. * Post the log back here.Be sure to restart the computer.The log can also be found here:C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txtOr at C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt=============================================================================Please download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:Main Mirror
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Hi, I recently repaired an XP Professional installation and now i no longer have the option to login to the old profile, just a default profile with admin rights. The profile still has its documents and settings folder with everything intact, and all programs from the original profile seem to be in program files. The user also does not appear in local users and groups. I have even been able to move over the application data and open a program which remained authorized and had access to previous presets.
I also made a new profile and in the registry changed the profile image path to that of the old profiles folder, I'm not sure why, it just seemed important to see the old desktop again, which i do but all the paths for the programs or at least most of them are set to "I:\" changing the path to "C:\" worked on some programs, anyway i digress, what am i missing here? am I able to regain the previous access?
 

Answer:user has no login at windows start up but has documents and settings folder

If anyone could just point me in the right direction, i'll take it from there but i just dont know where to go from here.
is it a registry problem?
 

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Can anyone explain to me why I have five "user" folders in C:Documents and Settings ? They are "Administrator", "Owner", "All Users", "Default User", and "Administrator+computer name". Under User Accts. in Control Panel, there is only "Owner(computer administrator)" and "Guest(account off)". The first five seem to make Explorer very bloated and confusing to me. Do I really need all five folders and if so what purpose do they serve?
Thanks

Answer:Why are there so many "user" folders in C:Documents and Settings?

Hello and welcome,

Each one of those folders represents a user on that system. The amount of folders varies due to how many users and what software is using the computer. Windows XP and Vista don't show these accounts in the user accounts section of the control panel without editing the registry. I would leave the accounts on the system for now.

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I had a registry problem, in that when I booted up my laptop, it said a hive file for the SOFTWARE key was damaged. I fixed this by going into recovery console and restoring the registry backup. So now Windows starts again and everything is good. All of my files are still in tact. However, my settings are all gone. Even though my files are on the hard drive, the appearance of everything is as if Windows has just been installed. In Documents and Settings, the reason is revealed. My user folder in there was 'Jon'. 'Jon' is still there, and Windows says I'm logged in as 'Jon', but in the Documents and Settings folder, there is a Jon.JONSLAPTOP folder, and I am assuming Windows loaded with the settings from THAT folder, which I assume was created when recovery console fixed the registry hive file.

My question is, is there a quick fix to getting my settings back? Can I just copy everything from 'Jon' into 'Jon.JONSLAPTOP' and then rename it 'Jon' and delete the other 'Jon'? Or are there settings in this new Jon.JONSLAPTOP folder that I need to make Windows bootup now? Anyone?
 

Answer:User Folders in Documents and Settings

Oh, and also, I've noticed, some programs give me a "this action is only valid for products that are currently installed" error message, and I think it's saying that because when said programs were installed, this 'Jon.JONSLAPTOP' folder didn't exist, and therefore that user didn't get privleges to use it. Which still doesn't make sense because XP says I'm still logged in as 'Jon', the same user from before, but using settings I assume from 'Jon.JONSLAPTOP' instead of 'Jon'.

If anyone can help me with this I'd appreciate it. If not I'm gonna format my hard drive tomorrow.
 

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I have an administrator user account but there is no folder showing up in C:\Documents and Settings. All of of my documents are in a folder called "User" instead of "Nettie". How can I change the "User" account to be "Nettie" or move EVERYTHING over to my name?

Answer:User account not in XP Documents & settings folder

Are all of your documents, photos, videos, and such still on your computer?If so, then you could just create a new user account and move all of your media to the new account.

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Guys,

I need some help accessing user folders in Documents & Settings in XP. I have to back up the some data from hard drive for a client so I can do a fresh install of XP. I cannot currently boot from that drive so i plugged it into my PC so i can do a full backup. Unfortunately, i can neighter copy nor access user folders, i get the Access Denied message when trying to open or copy one of the folders. Those folders correspond to multiple accounts in XP for which you have to enter a password when logging into XP but even knowing those passwords doesnt help me. Anyone know how to do this?
 

Answer:Problem Accessing Documents & Settings User Folders

just need to take ownership of the folders then grant yourself full permissions
 

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XP HOME SP2
Following a crash, I put in a new hard drive, reinstalled Windows, re-created the User accounts. Well some of that I had help with!
I made three User accounts and the folders appeared in Documents & Settings, no problems.

A few weeks later I decided to add another User account. The account was created successfully but its folder never appeared in Documents & Settings. That was about a
month ago and it's just never shown up. The account itself works fine, as far as I know. This morning I created a second User account for this person, to see if it would place a folder in Docs & Settings. It still didn't.

Before the crash, I had all four people with four separate accounts, so having four User accounts has not been a problem previously. It's not a reboot issue, as I've rebooted numerous times since creating the person's first account.
Is there a way to force the User account folder to appear in Documents & Settings since XP won't place it there automatically?

Edited to add:
When reinstalling HD, it had to be named "F," not "C."
That didn't affect creating the original three User accounts, though, so I don't know what to think about that. Also no problem with downloading programs, it always defaults to the correct location. Just thought this might be important.

AHHH..., nevermind, I figured it out. User accounts must first be logged into before the folders appear in Documents & ... Read more

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I usually try to fix these things myself but I don't even know where to begin searching on Google...

I was playing Mass Effect 2 (game) last night and the nvidia4 driver crashed (second time it's happened overall from this game...). I closed as many apps as I could, then told Windows to reboot. On rebooting, disk check ran and decided to delete about 12 files (it might have done other things, not sure). When I got back into Windows, all my preferences were gone and I realized that a new set of "Documents and Settings" files were created (called "Owner.MASTRPC", mastrpc is the name of the computer on my network) and even though Windows automatically logs in as "Owner" as usual, it points to that new folder instead of the usual "Owner" folder.

So basically all my preferences, shortcuts and passwords are gone, everything looks like a fresh install, and there are a ton of other inconveniences. Thankfully, the files from my Owner account are still on my hard drive. I think I need to point Windows to the correct Documents and Settings folder (Owner instead of Owner.MASTRPC).

Also, a second new account (ASP.NET) was created, which I've since deleted. But now I think that might have been from Windows Update awhile back. Not exactly sure what that's for.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
 

Answer:Solved: User Account pointing to wrong Documents and Settings folder!

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Hello,

I started my desktop computer and the desktop was blank. All my files from the desktop and from my user folder have been moved to C:\Users\DH (DH is the name of my account). All the settings in my account are deleted. For example I can't access to my Outlook and so on.

It seems that the computer somehow destroyed my account (account settings) and moved my data from user folders (Documents, Downloads etc.) to C:\Users\DH.

Is there any way how to get back to my normal account? Right now I am in my account, but the account just simply is not there.

Answer:My account settings removed. My data in user folders moved toC:\Users\

poaaad said:

Hello,

I started my desktop computer and the desktop was blank. All my files from the desktop and from my user folder have been moved to C:\Users\DH (DH is the name of my account). All the settings in my account are deleted. For example I can't access to my Outlook and so on.

It seems that the computer somehow destroyed my account (account settings) and moved my data from user folders (Documents, Downloads etc.) to C:\Users\DH.

Is there any way how to get back to my normal account? Right now I am in my account, but the account just simply is not there.



Hi poaaad and welcome to TenForums.

Can you use a system restore point to get things back?
If not, can you create a new user account and move your data to it?

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Hello,

I started my desktop computer and the desktop was blank. All my files from the desktop and from my user folder have been moved to C:\Users\DH (DH is the name of my account). All the settings in my account are deleted. For example I can't access to my Outlook and so on.

It seems that the computer somehow destroyed my account (account settings) and moved my data from user folders (Documents, Downloads etc.) to C:\Users\DH.

Is there any way how to get back to my normal account? Right now I am in my account, but the account just simply is not there.

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Answer:Accesing user folders in "Documents & Settings"

If you're logged into the PC as "Adminsitrator" you should be able to access everything.
 

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A while ago i was having severe problems with windows xp, so I did a repair installation(i think). Whatever it was, it essentially deleted the winxp system files and reinstalled it. I created my user account using the same name as last time, but ran into a problem: because windows detected a folder with that username on it already, it created a new one with the format of username.computername. This is created numerous problems, including but not limited to me not being able to upload things via ftp from my my documents folder because the directory path gives the ftp programs a heart attack. Does anyone know how i could change what directory windows looks at for my files?
 

Answer:Windows xp account documents and settings folder

To change the path to my documents:

just right click on the my documents folder, the path is listed as an option..
 

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I logged into Windows and found that all of my user settings had been changed back to default. All the files that were in My Documents had been moved to Documents and Settings in C. I moved them back to My Documents and changed my settings back to the way I had them before. While surfing the internet a few minutes later, the system became unresponsive. I restarted the computer and logged in, but now I find that My Documents has completely disappeared. I can't even find my files in Documents and Settings. I had about 35 GB of music, so I hope I didn't just lose it all. Please help!

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during startup i get a pop-up displaying message Windows cannot find C:\Documents and Settings\user\give.exe.

in addition when sutting down, it says end program-sylePromotion.exe,
which then shows the program is not responding.I have to choose End Now
for pc to continue shutdown.

The pc is not connecting to the internet and is becoming very slow. Am i virus infected? have scanned with AVG 9.0 but nothing is found.

can anyone please help?

thanx

DB

Answer:Windows cannot find C:\Documents and Settings\user\giv.exe

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
Quote:




Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps




link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

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Download the tools needed to a flash drive or other removable media, and transfer them to the infected computer, if you don't have access to internet.

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

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Hi, i recently today accidentally deleted 'user' account as there was another 'user' acount that was temp, I cannot get to all my documents but when i try prog windelete it finds them but i then have to purchase the programm to restore them. can you help please?

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Try a restore point.If you only deleted the user and the files are still there then you may also be able to access it a different way.In a real sense, you can't recreate a user exactly. The way MS finally fixed it to help secure the os is they used a timer clock the used high precision. You can't guess what that clock was set at so you can't recreate the account.

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Over the years I've tried to save all my documents. This means that they have been copied from folder to folder and computer to computer (whatever was before Windows 95) probably mostly through external storage. However, some of these were saved directly to the 2nd internal hard drive D:\ of Windows 8 may be included, but I'm not certain.

I believe all of the folders are present, most of which are identified by date. However, many of the folders are completely empty. I cannot see a pattern as to which folders. This seems to involve mostly older folders, (and this may mean that it is more likely that they have been through a USB device) but not all of the older folders are empty. More recent ones are also empty. Otherwise, I cannot identify any specific documents, only that large numbers of folders are empty.

I doubt it is possible to recover anything but I would like to prevent this from happening in the future.

Any advice or comments will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Empty folders with vanishing files, Mostly documents.

On the odd chance, open one of the folders and click the View tab, do you have a check mark in show Hidden files.

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I have a problem with a computer. When I log on, the desktop is blank, only the shortcuts that where created for all users are visible. But every custom shortcut is gone.

When I go into c:\Documents and Settings I see my user name "user" as well as another folder called "user.mycoimputername". And I happen to now log in as "user.mycomputername". But why is that? And how do I log in with the other user setting folder, I clearly see it in the Documents and Settings folder.

A while back I believe I knew of the solution, but I cannot remember how to fix it.

If anyone could help that would be great!
Thanks!
 

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Hello

When I booted up my Acer netbook yesterday, I saw two user icons shown on the Windows login screen instead of one. Aside from my own, the other user name was 'spcnywicl' - not a good sign.

I logged into my own account and removed the user in the 'User Accounts' section of Control Panel. Unfortunately it keeps coming back.

I ran regedit and did a search for the above username. It cropped up in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows Search/CrawlScopeManager/Windows/SystemIndex/DefaultRules/7/

The bottom entry was

Name Type Data
URL REG_SZ file:///C:\Users\spcnywicl\Appdata\*


Any thoughts on what to do next?

I currently have Eset Smart Security 6, by the way.

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My daugher has a HP Mini and recently encounterd problems with login on her user account. I need to reset password I guess but do not now how to as it asks me for a usb memory stick. Can anyone give me tips on what I need to do to get it to work? Thanks in advance











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Answer:Can't login to windows - how do I reset user account?

The Above steps should take care of the issue.. however if you face any problem... please feel free to post here or PM me.... i'm off for the day.. Have a great time ahead... cyaa

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The other day, a freind of mine was on my computer checking his email, but he didnt check them all, so whenever I log on or off the login screen says I have 13 unread messages (on his hotmail account)
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Answer:Windows user account login screen.

Download TweakUi from microsoft, there is a option to diasble this

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I got my son a Dell 2 in 1 laptop and set myself up as Administrator and set up an account for him.
It worked fine for a few days. But now he can't login to his account.
The password is correct, but it gives the error
"Windows can not connect to the Group Policy client Service."

I am able to login to the Administrator account. I know the laptop is still able to reach the internet. So, I don't know what the problem is here. The error gives no info on how to resolve it.

Any insights would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Answer:Windows 10 User account login issue...

RWard said:

I got my son a Dell 2 in 1 laptop and set myself up as Administrator and set up an account for him.
It worked fine for a few days. But now he can't login to his account.
The password is correct, but it gives the error
"Windows can not connect to the Group Policy client Service."

I am able to login to the Administrator account. I know the laptop is still able to reach the internet. So, I don't know what the problem is here. The error gives no info on how to resolve it.

Any insights would be appreciated.

Thank you,



Hi,

i just had had this same issue occur, I solved it by doing the following:

1) in the search bar bottom left type - command - left click the found "command prompt" and select run as administrator
2) in the command window type - sfc /scannow - then hit return
3) this may take some time to run but it does report its progress
4) once finished reboot

you should now be able to log back in as non admin.

details are here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

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Hi.
I'm the only user who use my PC, that means there's only one user account on my Windows XP pro,i don't use password. Now, here's the problem, it's very annoying that i have to click on my name to get into Windows everytime i start up my PC.

I didn't happen before when i use only one user account, i don't know what i did wrong this time when i reinstall my windows. Can anyone tell me how to set windows to automatically log myself in without clicking on my name, please?

Thanks
 

Answer:Windows user account is not auto login

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Hi everyone,

Lately I've been noticing empty folders with random names following two templates (examples "_555781_" and "2c11f319d99f7d82361282acaa") getting created in the My Documents folder every day. This is bothersome because I have all my main data under My Documents, and having so many randomly named folders in between makes it hard to find stuff, and so I've been deleting them daily for the past few days, which is becoming annoying. Such folders also appear under c:\, where they additionally also take names such as "MSI8990.tmp". On this PC, I've defined My Documents to be the root of my second partition (D:\).

The only change I can think of that coincided with this problem is that the day before it started, I'd installed iDrive and configured it to do daily cloud back-ups. However their techies say their app is definitely not the one creating those folders.

A much more likely candidate is, in fact, Windows Update. Thinking about it, a while ago I did use to see a couple of these folders (but no so many!) appear under My Documents every once in a while - but crucially, not every day! I am 99% sure this has to do with Windows Update, but I don't know why their creation frequency is now daily.

My PC is running Windows XP SP3 and (should that be relevant) has Office 2010 installed. Another forum message with a similar problem suspected a link with opening Word documents, which I wasnt able to reproduce here.

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Answer:Empty folders with random names created daily under My Documents (WinXP_SP3)

Can you open the folders? Are there any files in the folders? If so what are they of?

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Hi everyone,

Lately I've been noticing empty folders with random names following two templates (examples "_555781_" and "2c11f319d99f7d82361282acaa") getting created in the My Documents folder every day. This is bothersome because I have all my main data under My Documents, and having so many randomly named folders in between makes it hard to find stuff, and so I've been deleting them daily for the past few days, which is becoming annoying. Such folders also appear under c:\, where they additionally also take names such as "MSI8990.tmp". On this PC, I've defined My Documents to be the root of my second partition (D:\).

The only change I can think of that coincided with this problem is that the day before it started, I'd installed iDrive and configured it to do daily cloud back-ups. However their techies say their app is definitely not the one creating those folders.

A much more likely candidate is, in fact, Windows Update. Thinking about it, a while ago I did use to see a couple of these folders (but no so many!) appear under My Documents every once in a while - but crucially, not every day! I am 99% sure this has to do with Windows Update, but I don't know why their creation frequency is now daily.

My PC is running Windows XP SP3 and (should that be relevant) has Office 2010 installed. Another forum message with a similar problem suspected a link with opening Word documents, which I wasnt able to reproduce here.

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Answer:Empty folders with random names created daily under My Documents (WinXP_SP3)

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I had only Microsoft Administrative Account. Had deleted Local Account for some reason some time back. Instead of creating Local Administrative Account I edited my Microsoft Administrative Account. So I went back into command run, netplswiz and edited user name, password. Now there is no user in User Accounts. I am afraid to touch anything now.

Where do I go from here?

I want a Local Standard Account, as well as a Microsoft Admin Account.

PLEASE HELP ME!
Thanks in advance...

Answer:How do I get user name back for Win 10? User Account empty

You should be able to go to settings, accounts, family and other users, and add a new user account there.

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Hello,

so today i start my computer, and yesterday night i shuted it down holding the start botton long enough. So today i start it and that black screen saying start windows with safe mode and other options shows up, i cant really remember what i selected cause i was pretty sleepy. But the thing is that when i look back to my desktop my background was gone, all the preferences i made were gone (sidebar shows up, top bar shows up). Also some go check my documents folder where i have really important files, and it says its empty and that was created today (... ?) . I freak out thinking i lost all my files. So i go check my disk space and its the same as always so i calm down and think well maybe its not all gone but i just cant access it. I already tried system restore, show hidden folders, nothing worked.

Please help me!! my programs are still there but i cant access my user folders, it says they are empty... my background is gone and it looks like i just bought the computer cause i get hp background and folders say they were created today.

Hope someone can help me, and someone can understand what im talking about lol.

help!!!

Here some screenshots for you guys to get the picture. Also my browsing history its gone.

Answer:HELP!!! User folders are empty!!!!

Welcome
Donwload Shadow Explorer and you will have access to all the lost documents
ShadowExplorer.com - Downloads

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Hi:

My friends computer appears to have gotten a mean virus or spyware. Windows will not successfully start. I removed the drive and set it up as an external drive and scanned it with SuperAntiSpyWare, AVG and MalWarebytes Antimalware. All found some trojans and viruses, apparently removing them all. However, I still cannot access his profile or the administrator profile--all report access denied.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Tom

Answer:Windows continually restarts/Documents & Settings user profile access denied

Hi:

I also tried booting up with an Ubuntu boot cd and I still couldn't access either the administrator or the user profile. Any ideas?

Tom

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How do I copy documents from my main user account to my second user account on my home computer?
 

Answer:How do copy documents from my main user account to my second account

Read this for instructions.
 

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Hello,
So far, this has happened to me twice in the last 6 months. I logon to Windows 2000 using my normal user account and password, and the OS comes up as though I am a new user. My original documents and setting folders are all still there, but the OS has created a new set of folders named <user name>.<computer name>. To my knowledge, no one has logged on any differently or changed anything.

I eventually can get everything back by brute force; usually copying local setting folders into the new folders and annoying things like that. I would love to know:

- Why it happens (and how to prevent it)
- How to easily point the user settings back to the original folder structure.

Help!

Thanks

Peter
 

Answer:Windows User account forgets its settings

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Does anyone know how to do this? I guess I could use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard to export all the settings and then import them to the other User's account, but that seems inefficient. What I'm trying to do is set up a user with their own account, who is currently using the Administrator login. I'd like to let them retain their Windows settings, files, programs etc. but using their own login and with restricted access to make changes to the OS. Any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Windows XP - Migrate settings from one user account to another

this tutorial should work for you,
http://www.petri.co.il/copy_user_profiles_in_windows_xp.htm

then reduce that account to normal user rights.
 

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When you enter the login screen, one of the user account options is pre-highlighted so that if you simply press "enter" instead of selecting one with the mouse or arrow keys, it'll attempt to log you into that account. I've the need recently to create a standard user account, which for some incredibly frustrating reason is always pre-selected instead of my administrator account (the one I use). I have no idea how to change this so that the administrator account is the one pre-selected.

Yea this is a stupid thing to complain about. But I've gotten used to logging in one way, and it's super annoying every time I forget and try the old way. Especially if I'm not in the best state of mind lol.

Oh, and for some reason creating a Guest account doesn't do this. Admin keeps priority. But Standard users are evidently more important than the admin >.>

Answer:Changing the automatically selected user account on login screen - Windows 7

Does my description of the problem not make sense, or is there just not a solution?

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Hi

I have a unit i want to have 4 user accounts on and one of them should auto login.

How do i change to one of my other 3 accounts?
Change user doesnt work, just auto login.

Im running Windows embedded standard 7

Best regards
Alexander

Answer:Multiple user accounts, 1 auto login , how to login to another account

Can you log off the user that was automatically logged on?

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I got a new computer about a week ago, running Windows XP home and student edition, and have been using the admin account since. That is only true because when ever i go to make a new user profile, like one you select when you want to log in, it dosent transfer Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or One point. I have no idea why, but it dosent. Please help

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP user account settings problems

You will have to reinstall those programs for each user. I believe that there is an option when installing Office to install on all user accounts on the computer, so once you have all user accounts set up, try that.

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

Answer:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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When I started up it says Win.ini corrupt. Then it starts
up as a new user losing track of Favorites and Start Menu
and Desktop Icons, Display and Folder attributes. Under
Documents and Settings it has added Dave.U5R2D5 in
addition to Dave which still has all the information. I tried
switching the 2 Filenames to get back to what it used to be but
gave an error message and didn't do it and started another new file.
Is there some way to use the old Dave file?
 

Answer:Lost settings, New user made in Documents and Settings

Hiya asd123321.

It sounds like you`ve re-installed the system from CD over the top of an existing system, giving you a fresh `Dave`. Have you recently run a repair or indeed, done a clean install ?

As a work-around, can you take the documents & favourites from the old `Dave` and put them in the new `Dave` so at least you`re back up and running again.

Jenny
 

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Hi, This is joel, i'm using windows 10 from last 1month.I added a user account for others but when tried to login it says "user account couldn't loaded. Except admin account, other user account couldn't be accessed.

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I need help reorganizing my files, and I'd appreciate some guidance so I don't screw up. I have Windows XP. I changed the name of some files as I was trying to neaten my filing, and I messed up.

I have three User Accounts:
Steve
Ian
Guest (Guest has always been empty, no problem.)

But when I log onto Steve, my file folders for all of my documents are there, but there is nothing in them!! My Firefox default home pages are also erased, and my Thunderbird email is also empty!!

If I go in Ian (my coworker's User Account), under My Computer>Files Stored On This Computer are listed:
Shared Documents
Guest's Documents
Ian's Documents
Steve Smith's Documents - files are there, but empty

If I go Ian>My Computer>Local Disc C>Documents & Settings, I see a whole pile of files! They are:
All Users
Default User
Guest
Guest SS
Owner
Steve
Steve's Guest
Steve's Guest (2)
Steve's Guest(3) -- <<< This is where my documents are

My Firefox information seems to be in C:\Documents and Settings\Steve's Guest(s)(3)\My Documents\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5ebb3ozr.default

My Thunderbird email MIGHT be in C:\Documents and Settings\Steve's Guest(s)(3)\My Documents\Application Data\Thunderbird as my mailbox configuration is there and I seem to have a loaded Inbox, but nothing in my Sent box, or so it appears.

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Answer:User Account empty, files elsewhere! How do I fix?

In the account that all of the data is right now just backup to another media like CD-R's or DVD and then go into thew correct account and restore them to the account. You need to backup this information no matter what happens since you do not want to loose it. I do not know what happened to change the accounts like this but you might have to reforamt and re-install everything if copying this info back to your account does not work
 

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I recently upgraded to W10 and created a partition D: for data storage. I went through the somewhat lengthy process of changing the location of all the user folders (documents, pictures, music, favorites, downloads etc) from C: to D:. I wanted to test if I could do a clean install of W10 on the C: partition without losing the data on D:. Now, when I click on "users" in C:, it shows all the folders (which left when I relocated them before the clean install). Does this mean data will not be directed automatically to D: but rather to C:? If so, how can I re-do the user location/redirection without wiping the entire disk and redoing everything (including re-partitioning the disk).
 

Answer:Redirected user folders

You have to re-do everything you did. All of the settings in Windows are gone after a reinstall.
 

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Hi

My PC used to show three folders in C:>Documents and Settings - Administrator, All Users and Owner. Recently, I installed and used a trial programme that caused my Desktop settings to completely change.

The easiest solution to rectify the problem was to use the System Restore facility in Windows XP Home Edition, which I did, and which successfully restored my PC to its previous state. After doing so, however, I noticed that an additional folder appeared in C:>Documents and Settings called Owner.ERIC containing a number of folders. I did change my Logon from "Eric" and old password to "Owner" and a new password.

Can anyone explain what this additional folder is and is this normal when System Restore is used?

Answer:Folders in C:\Documents and Settings

The trial program wouldn't happen to be called aston shell would it? Or something similar.

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I recently put together a new computer. I installed WinXP for home on a new hard drive and then installed my backup.

I caused this problem when I installed the backup by telling it to install "Docs & Settings" within the Docs & Settings folder. So now I have a documents & settings folder within the documents & settings folder. Although everything works beautifully, this bugs me and I would like to get rid of one of these folders. One of my concerns is that the folders and files within the 2 folders are not identical.

I can't believe I'm the first to do this, but I have been unable to find any reference to show how to fix it. I would appreciate your thoughts on how I might resolve this. I would prefer not to have to do a clean install.
 

Answer:Two Documents & Settings Folders

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Hope someone can help. Under C: > DOCUMENTS & SETTINGS i have 8 folders : All Users, Default User, Personal Administrator account,Personal Limited account, Guest, Local Service, Network Service and Owner.Simply, do I actually need all these folders?? I'm only using either the admin or limited accounts. I can see the need for the Owner or Default folders, should i be using the them instead??? Sorry if all this seems basic stuff but it's been bugging me for a while now. Any help would be great, or a link to somewhere that explains what these folders doInfo: P4, 1.8g, 256k, XP (fat32)

Answer:C: > Documents & Settings folders ??!!

Hi, my advise is leave them alone,if theres some of the folders empty they are not taking up any space on your hard drive,and they may be needed later on.

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This is a repost because due to hardware failure, it was lost and I cannot reply to cancerous's post. I have 50 empty folders in my Win7 user\myname\appdata\local\ folder. I'm wondering if I can delete them?

Here is an answer from cancerous and my response (it was lost). They are most likely temp directories.
Are they empty in byte size, or you can't see any files in there? If it's the latter, make sure Show hidden files and folders is turned on in your folder options through the control panel and then review them. If it's the former, then it should be fine to delete them, although I don't see much purpose to it.
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Yes, they are empty an do not contain files....show hiden files and folders is turned on. I won't delete them now but if they are just temp folders and more are added, I might reach some point where I will want to reduce the number of empty folders.

Thanks.

Answer:I have empty folders in Win7 user\myname\appdata\local\

I have a dozen or so empty folder in the same location, so they are normal. If you right click on one of them, select Properties, you will see Size on Disk 0 Bytes so they don't use any space and are innocuous. You would gain nothing by deleting them and may in fact foul up the system. Windows creates dozens of empty folder in the system for its use if needed.

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I am running build 14291 of 10 and noticed this today. I have no idea if it was in any earlier builds. It seems like a pretty nice idea- restricting that account to only accessing one web page. I tried to test it out, but I cannot select an account to have 'secure assessment'.
Any one know what this is, and if it is a new feature, or something I'm missing in the setup?
I thought it could be very nice for digital signage, or registration kiosks or something.

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I am laptop user. About 2hr ago, i login to my lappy and discover that my profile is different. My folders on desktop went missing and some of the setting changed. Then i try on my own to solve it but to no avail. Fortunately i come upon my C:\Documents and Settings and discover that strange profile C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP and my original profile C:\Documents and Settings\p0716499 was still there. This imply that my previous setting and files are still in my laptop. However, I cant changed back to the original profile and struck with the temp profile.
Initially i suspect is registry problem so i DL "UPHClean Service" by miscosoft but to no avail. Now currently i suspect it might be the work of a virus. I need help. Thank anyone who help me in advance.

Answer:User profile path change to user profile path change to C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP :\Documents and Settings...

This morning when i woke up, i discovered a icon named "syminstallstub" on my desktop. I checked online and i believe that it could be a virus. I try to find ways to uninstall it but to no avail I not sure what did my younger brother do to my laptop. I feel that im damn unlucky and encounter 2 problems in a row. Please help me solve my problems.

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I just browsed my hard drive using windows explorer, and was surprised to find a few new (to me) folders in my C:\documents and settings folder. I and my wife are the only users. I'm the administrator. I'm accustomed to seeing entries for "all users", "default users", "guest", her, and me. But today I see folders called "LocalService", "NetworkService", and "Owner". Perhaps they've always been there, but I don't remember.

What created them? Do I need them? What do they do that I need to care about?
 

Answer:Unusual folders in C:\documents and settings

They have really always been there...but are usually hidden folders. Perhaps you unhid hidden folders recently in an attempt to find something in Windows System folers or someone helping you with your pc did.
 

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Just recently I have noticed that I cannot see the Application Data and Local Settings folders in the Docs and Settings folder under my name. I have "show hidden files and folders ticked in the folder view options and have always been able to see them. If I do a search, I can still access them, but it annoys me that they keep disappearing.Additionally, the whole folder for Default User is not showing. All Users appears to be unaffected.Has anyone else had this problem? and/or any answers?

Answer:Disappearing folders in Documents and Settings

I am running XP service pack 2 with all updates installed

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When I attempt to log into my windows 7 user account the login is redirected to a temp user space.. The error message indicates that the reason for the redirection is because the my user account is in use. Only user active is my account, still maintain administrator privileges, but don't have default browser/home site, and files created are lost unless I deliberately place them into my default directories. Updated MS, rebooted, ran Avast boot scan and Malwarebytes scan (with Avast antiviral disabled), nothing was found.
I did manually reset the default file locations for the temp guest user to my corresponding home folders, and my home login did come back up once with full functionality, but when I ran an AV boot time scan and tried to log in again it was back to the guest area. Reset the file/folder locations again but this time had no effect. Ran MS fixit program, said all errors corrected, NOT.
How do I reset my account to Not In Use??
Why did this happened?, do I have a hacker/virus? Active full version of Avast logs show no attacks what so ever.

Answer:login redirected to temp user space

Are you on a VPN or a Cloud based account?

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I have a user that renamed all of the folders the same name in My Documents, although she swears she didn't do it.

So, they're like this:

Annual Pricing
Annual Pricing (2)
Annual Pricing (3)
Annual Pricing (4)
. . . etc.

Anybody have an easy way to restore the names? I wasn't sure if SystemRestore could fix this up or not. Using Windows XP.

Thanks! :major
 

Answer:User renamed all the folders in My Documents to the same name

System Restore does not monitor the My Documents Folder.

Hate to say it, but you may have to change each folders name manually back to the original.
 

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G'day.

Trying to copy user account info into a new account using chaslang's sticky in software forum.

Reason for doing it is that every time I login, I get a msg saying that one of the files containing registry data had a problem and had to be replaced from a backup copy... the procedure was successful (can't remember the exact wording). I wanted to replace my account as I thought that might fix this problem.

Started going through chaslang's instructions, but when I came to item 14. - navigate to C:\Docs and Settings\Old Username, I couldn't find the original folder (for the account with problems). I understand that I am not looking for a folder called Old Username, I am looking for a folder with the name that shows up in User Accounts (yes?).

When I look in Documents and Settings (after selecting to view hidden files), I have:

3rd Account (this is the third account I created following chaslang's instructions)
Administrator
Administrator.WINDOWS-9782ECE
All Users
Default User (this was the only hidden folder)
Geoff (that's my name :cool)
2nd Account (this is the second account I created following chaslang's instructions)
Windows User

I thought I might be able to figure out which one it was by looking for one that had:


Ntuser.dat
Ntuser.dat.log
Ntuser.ini

in it, but none of them do. I did a search in Docs and Setts for Ntuser.ini, and it came up empty. However, they all have Ntuser.dat ... Read more

Answer:can't find old account name in documents and settings

Just logged in to original account and second account to see what was there. Original account has Ntuser.ini in most folders. Second account doesn't have it at all (like the third account).
BTW, is it possible I changed the user account name, and it doesn't show up in Docs and Settings. If so, Geoff could be the one. But where is Ntuser.ini?
 

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hello i have windows xp pro and and in Documents and Settings i have account folders and one of them has alot of used space it was another account i forgot the password to and its taking up gbs on my hard drive how do i delete it
can anyone help
 

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Hi guys did a quick search but nothing really help me so here's my post.

Well had drama with spyware virus or whatever the hell it was. So did full re-install of windows, however i didn't re-formatt the drive. Now i have these folders that have appeared. Can some one help me out as to wether it is better to do full re-install again with re-formatt of c: or just a better way to thin out these folders.
Cheers Adam
 

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I made a new user account under Windows XP Pro and deleted my old one. Then I saw the old user's folder. I tired to delete it but I couldn't and an error message popped up:


That folder is 3.48 GB heavy and contains over 13000 files.
I also tried to take ownership of that folder. No luck.

So, please, if you know how to solve this problem, let me know.


Me.

Answer:Documents and Settings\User

Hi

Firstly you can run chkdsk - hopefully that will sort out the strange file name:
To do this go to Start -> Run -> type chkdsk c: /r -> click Ok . When asked if you want to force a dismount say No. When asked to schedule the check at the next startup say Yes. Restart your PC to allow chkdsk to run.

Then you can download Unlocker, save it to your hard drive and install it.
Once installed
-Right click on the User folder
-Select Unlocker
-In the Unlocker screen choose Delete under action
-If any processes are locking the folder select Unlock All, If no locking handles are found press OK

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I have 2 * Documents folders showing up under my username but they aren't actually duplicated on my D drive where they are physically stored. Neither are they duplicated in my library. "Interestingly" they both have a yellow exclamation mark on them. ANy help would hugely appreciated. Thanks Ian

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I have two admin accounts on my Windows 8 computer, I want to transfer everything from one of the admin accounts, to the other so I can make it my primary account.

Is there anyone who can suggest the best way to do this?

Thanks.

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First, please excuse my posting and running away (have to go after this, but will be back tomorrow).
I'm the sole user so far of my Vista SP2 system, and am creating a 2nd (non-admin) user account (1st time I've done it).
No problem, except that it has the default Vista settings, and looks like a lot of work to get to my taste (which the 2nd user shares). (I'd forgotten how many things I'd changed originally!). I haven't started the settings yet, as I'm hoping there's a short cut.
I have some instructions for using the settings one's made in a non-admin user account as a template for further accounts. But is it possible to just duplicate the settings of my own account, rather than doing them all over again?

Answer:Duplicate settings of 1st Vista user into a 2nd user account?

What sort of settings are you referring to? Desktop icons? Screensaver? etc.

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Hi there,
I have a lab setup at a school featuring Win2003 server and Win7 Enterprise clients. When a user logs onto the Win7 clients, they get the following errors: "The recycle bin on \\server\username\My Videos is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle
Bin for this drive?" If you click Yes, it moves onto an identical message, but this time about \\server\username\My Pictures, then \\server\username\My Music, and finally \\server\username itself. The interesting thing here is the username listed in the
error is my tech account, not the user who is trying to log in.
I've read similar error messages here but they're not quite the same. They seem to point to a permissions problem. But I haven't had luck so far.
Suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:Corrupted Recycle Bin on redirected user folders error

Hi,
 
If 
a user does not have the permission of the network locations, the error occurs.
 Therefore, I suggest giving the Full Control permission to the user who meet the error message on
\\server\username.
 
Also check if the following post is helpful.
 
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsserver2008r2rds/thread/6112baae-6a05-4d1c-8565-bd2bbcf0804b
 
In addition, I suggest contacting Windows Server Forum to check the issue.
 
Win Server Forum
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsserver
 
Best Regards,
NikiPlease remember to click "Mark as Answer" on the post that helps you, and to click "Unmark as Answer" if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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How do I map existing User Folders to a newly created User Account?

I had existing User Folders on drive D. I added a new drive C and installed the OS on C but changed default location of User Folders to D. Now my existing User Folders are in the Users folder on D but there is no User Account associated with them. If I create a user account with the same name will it map to the existing folder within Users?

I did a test of this. I created a folder called Test within Users then created a User account called Test and logged in. It created another folder within Users called Test.Computername.

Answer:How do I map existing User Folders to new User Account?

Check this post.

Kari

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How can i change the account names in Documents & Settings. i got the name changed but ??
Thanx Dave

Answer:Change The Account Names In Documents & Settings.

If you're referring to having changed the name of a user account, then right click on the folder & choose Rename.

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Basically have duplicates of the profile folders in documents and settings and want to delete them as they take a fair bit of harddrive space.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Duplicates of folders in the documents and settings folder after reinstall

Some duplicates are needed for a system to function properly. Be careful about deleting, although I can't say the ones you have are needed. Wait for others to reply.

{redoak}
 

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Dear Forum BleepingComputer:
 
My computer has starter acting weird and I am not able to open some files or folder on my windows 8 computer.  I am now on safe mode, but unable to proceed as what to do, I am attaching a Hijackthis log.
Now I cannot access basic folders like:
c:/documents and settings
c:/users / owner / *.* almost all folders here are locked
All of the above folders have changed their icon to show that they are now shortcuts and I have tried to change permissions as the admin, but it still locks me out somehow?
I have a log from HiJackthis and DDS, but I dont think it provides much info......Can anyone out there help?
 
Maria Ram
Thanks

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Using vista x32 bit Home Premium. I tried to move Documents file icon on my desktop into the existing Documents folder shown in explorer by using alt+dragging the icon, multiple times. What i have is multiple empty Document folders under my user name. The recylce bin has the icons, but they are empty. How can i recover the data? Please be nice.

Answer:Deleted user account 'Documents' folder !!!

Use system restore, or restore file from backup
start>Control panel>system and maintenance>Backup and restore center or
start> in search bar type Restore, and click System restore. Follow prompts

suggestion for copying files- open file, select all, copy and then paste into new file location. Do not cut, and when you have all files copied, then delete desktop folder/files.

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Hi,
Is there a setting that will allow me to access all documents and and apps in both user account and administrator account? I can not find one!

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I'm running identical Vista Enterprise computers in a lab environment on a Windows Domain, and am having an issue with the user account picture.  Namely, on the user logon screen, just above the fields for the username and password, there's a giant empty frame where the user account picture should be.
 
I've already replaced the user.bmp and guest.bmp, so that our company logo will show up for users in the start menu after they've logged in, and will show up in the logon window for their user name if they've locked their session, but I'm unable to get the picture to show up on the original logon screen before the user logs in.
 
Some group policies we have include:




Interactive logon: Do not display last user name
  Enabled

Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL
  Enabled




Always use classic logon
   Enabled
 
So far I haven't found any good info that refers to this problem.  I've only seen two posts on these forums that come close to the problem I'm having, but neither touch on it directly and provide a solution.  They are:
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2233417&SiteID=17
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=964037&SiteID=17
 
Does anyone know if it's even possible to force a user account picture to be displayed on the Vista logon screen when on a domain?  Thanks in advance.
 
Trelf
 
 
 
 

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Hi, my name's David

I turned on my computer today and found all my settings, my desktop icons, my favourites, my playlists in Media Player etc. were all missing. All my programs thought I was using them for the first time, it was as if I was a new user.

When I searched for a document I'd saved to the desktop I found it in Documents and Settings/David. In fact, all my documents and pictures were there.

However, in Documents and Settings there now appears to be a second user folder called David.DAVID-6BA0C6985 that doesn't contain any of my documents or settings, and I appear to be accessing that account instead of my normal user account.

So my computer has created a second rogue account that I am logged in as. I tried to Change User but the only option was 'David' and that took me back to the David.DAVID-6BA0C6985 desktop.

I am the only person who uses my computer. I tried changing the name of the user account from 'David' to 'Steve' in Control Panel/User Accounts. This had the affect of changing the name of Documents and Settings/David/My Documents to Documents and Settings/David/Steve's Documents. However, when I tried to change users the only option was called 'Steve' and it took me back to the David.DAVID-6BA0C6985 desktop.

This means that any changes I make to my user settings the computer applies to 'David' and Windows thinks I am 'David' but I can only log in as 'David.DAVID-6BA0C6985'. This is causing a number of problems for my programs such as Live Messen... Read more

Answer:Second User Folder in Documents and Settings

try creating a new user account and see if you can access that ok, and create a new document (anything will do). If you are ok accessing that, then migrate all your docs over to the new account. Hope the following will give you some idea: How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP

Can you post back and let me know if you are able to create and access a new user account.

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Hi all
I've been installing / uninstalling stuff while testing on a CLEAN install of W7 (x-64).

I see now one of the directories (Documents and settings username1) is now 7GB.

The WHOLE OS only takes around 14 GB .

I can't see what's taking up the space -- is there any nice utility that clearly can show Disk usage in a sort of cloured pie / bar chart etc rather like the nice Linux utility DU. (I've enabled "show hidden files etc").


I'm sure it's all related to me installing / uninstalling stuff but Windows explorer is a HORRIBLE tool for "Cleaning up" disks etc. It's fine for everyday purposes but for this type of stuff it's not the correct tool.

Cheers
jimbo

Answer:Documents and settings - user user1 7 GB HELP

Hi Jimbo,

Have a look at this TreeSize Free https://www.jam-software.de/customer...80&language=EN

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Windows XP. Am sorting out a computer for a friend. Under Control Panel/User Accounts it just shows 1 - his name. However, if I look at C:\Documents and Settings, there are 4 entries:
Administrator, [4MB] All Users, [37MB] Default Users [487KB] and the name of his daughter who used to own the computer [4GB]. Are all these necessary? I tried to change the last one to his name but it told me it was a system file and could not be renamed. I located the profile in the Registry - is it safe to delete the one in his daughter's name?

Thanks
 

Answer:User Accounts and Documents and Settings

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I recently replaced my motherboard which because my new one is a different chipset than my old one, required me to repair my windows install. Rather than do that and possibly lose a bunch of stuff in My Documents folder and my extensive Favorites I opted to just do a new install on another partition. So far everything has worked fine but when I tried to get into my old Admin files in my "Documents & Settings" Folder it gave me a red x and said Access Denied.

Anyone know how I get around this and into this folder?

Answer:Help Accessing old User Documents & Settings?

You would have been just fine doing a repair install.
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Take Ownership of the folders and files.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=XP+Take+Ownership

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I find one user account name called "default user" in C:/documents and settings.

I wonder what it's all about.

Answer:what is default user in documents and settings

Whenever a new user logs on (the first time), Windows copies the settings from the Default User profile (located at Documents and Settings\Default User) to the newly created user profile. In other words, the Default User profile is as a template which Windows uses in order to initialize new profiles/logins.

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I recently replaced my motherboard which because my new one is a different chipset than my old one, required me to repair my windows install. Rather than do that and possibly lose a bunch of stuff in My Documents folder and my extensive Favorites I opted to just do a new install on another partition. So far everything has worked fine but when I tried to get into my old Admin files in my "Documents & Settings" Folder it gave me a red x and said Access Denied.

Anyone know how I get around this and into this folder?
 

Answer:Help Accesing Old User Documents & Settings?

Google for "Take Ownership of Files". It's an easy fix.
 

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Hi,
I reinstalled XP3 on my pc which has a corrupted XP2 preinstalled without formatting the drive. After everything's set I still have my previous user accounts in the C:\Documents and Settings. Please help me erase this as it is eating up the memory.
Thanks a lot.

Answer:Old user accounts on C:\Documents and Settings!

When you go to Start>Control Panel>User Accounts do you see the old accounts?

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Hi, my name's David

I turned on my computer today and found all my settings, my desktop icons, my favourites, my playlists in Media Player etc. were all missing. All my programs thought I was using them for the first time, it was as if I was a new user.

When I searched for a document I'd saved to the desktop I found it in Documents and Settings/David. In fact, all my documents and pictures were there.

However, in Documents and Settings there now appears to be a second user folder called David.DAVID-6BA0C6985 that doesn't contain any of my documents or settings, and I appear to be accessing that account instead of my normal user account.

So my computer has created a second rogue account that I am logged in as. I tried to Change User but the only option was 'David' and that took me back to the David.DAVID-6BA0C6985 desktop.

I am the only person who uses my computer. I tried changing the name of the user account from 'David' to 'Steve' in Control Panel/User Accounts. This had the affect of changing the name of Documents and Settings/David/My Documents to Documents and Settings/David/Steve's Documents. However, when I tried to change users the only option was called 'Steve' and it took me back to the David.DAVID-6BA0C6985 desktop.

This means that any changes I make to my user settings the computer applies to 'David' and Windows thinks I am 'David' but I can only log in as 'David.DAVID-6BA0C... Read more

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If you delete an user account on windows 2000 will the files in that users my documents folder get deleted? is there a way to recover them?
 

Answer:Deleting User Account on 2000..delete my documents?

If you delete the user's profile, their documents are gone. If you just delete the account in user manager, the profile directories are left behind.
 

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I was forced to reinstall Windows one time, but I didn't wipe out my hard drive. So now I have these files in my C:\Documents and Settings\{old user account name} that I can't seem to get rid of.
Everytime I try to delete the folder or files within the folder, an error message says, "Cannot delete {folder/file name}: Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."
This seems strange because my hard drive is only 50% full and the file cannot possibly be in use because it's not affiliated with Windows anymore, since I reinstalled it.
I want to delete it because these files take up hundreds of megabytes and creates fragments in my hard drive.
Help would be appreciated.

Answer:Deleting old user documents and settings files.

See this KB to Take ownership of the files/folders you want to delete

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I am trying to open a user folder on a backup image I have.

It is an Acronis True Image backup and mounts a virtual drive you can then access.

The error I receive when trying to open the 'user' folder is:

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G:\Documents and Settings\user is not accessible.

Access Is Denied

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I have tried to turn of simple file sharing and add my the administrator to the permission but am not able to.

The Add... Button is greyed out.

If i go to the Advanced section and Owner tab.

I receive: You only have permission to view the current owner on user.

The only areas I can edit are the Auditing ones.

Any idea on how I can get access to my files short of re imaging this backup to a disk?

Thanks
 

Answer:Documents and Settings\user - Access Denied

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OK have reinstalled xp to a dell pc and made the default user account which was name owner to my account with my username. The path for my documents and settings is still listed as c:\documents and settings\owner though, my question is this can I change this path in the registry without any ill effects, I have found the relevent key HKEY_CURRENT_USER - Volatile Environment and then there is the appdata path listed as c:\documents & settings\owner\application data and homepath documents & settings\ownerCan I just change these keys to c:\documents & settings\my username\application data and the same for the homepath? Cheers

Answer:XP User Acc. documents &settings+Registry change

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Alrite, ive got an emachines notebook running xp home on it. We bought it from best buy, and i guess they registered the computer to a 'valued customer' and its really annoying. Idk how the user name stuff works, but i think a while ago (not 100% positive cuz it was like 2 years ago) when we first got the computer i changed the admin 'valued customer' name to my name. but the 'my documents' folder defaulted to 'c:/documents and settings/valued customer' still. i fixed it by making a folder on c: with my name and made that folder the target location for the My Documents folder. but i was just wondering if there was any way to get rid of that dumb 'c:/documents and settings/valued customer' folder (every time i delete it it comes back) and if there was any way that i could change the computer from being registered to valued customer to me. thanks for the help in advance guys
 

Answer:Documents and Settings? User names? just a few questions :)

You'd have to make a new account. Then get on the admin account, change the new account to admin, then get on the new admin account and delete the 'valued customer.'
That should work...
Experience: so so, still learning (i like that)
-blitze
 

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I'm new to XP, ( and this forum ), and I'm struggling with the multiple users environment.

The background is :

I got a new PC from DELL with XP pre loaded. When prompted to enter names of users I listed four : myself, my wife and two children.

A day or so later, I decided to alter things to three users, deleting one of the children's 'accounts' and re-naming the other as 'Kids'

Everything is fine on the log in screens - and it all works great.

BUT, when I looked in Documents and Settings, I saw the 'old' child's 'account' still listed, and a 'duplicate' of my wifes file,but with the extension .DELL. So instead of seeing :

Kids
Sheila
Mike
(along with the all users, shared etc. etc.)

I get something unexpected :

Kids
Rachel
Sheila
Sheila.DELL
Mike
It gets more confusing ( to me at least ) . . . .

I've had to do a couple of system restores ( problems with old device drivers for old devices !) and I'm now seeing

Kids
Rachel
Sheila
Sheila2
Sheila.DEL
Sheila.DELL2
Mike

Something to do with the restorer I figured ? but if so, why do all the spurious user files contain different sub folders? Why are extra files generated for one user only ? Why is a deleted username still there?

I'd love to get to the bottom of it, 'cos I don't like what I don't understand! Also, it would make life easier when configuring each users start /desktop etc options if I new which file was t... Read more

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We are running VMWare in our environment, and several of the user profiles that are stored in a specific network location are changing from the standard username to "My Documents".
 The fix has been deleting a desktop.ini file in the root of the home folders that are affected, but we are having a hard time figuring out why this is happening.  It's not consistent with the users it's happening to in any specific way.  Any
ideas?

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Hi guys,
I have Windows 7 Professional and two days ago I turned my computer on and type password to my account and everything seems ok and I go out of my room for several minutes. When I came back Windows was still loading, without any error mesage, it looks good but it wont work. I tried several times to login but i can't, I even tried to login through Safe Mode- same story. The problem is that it is my admin account, I have standard user account which works but I can't use my PC properly by using standard user type of account because when I want to install something or change some system settings I have to type password of admin acc, then when I type it, my screen became dark and I can't do anything, just to turn off a computer by pluging out power cable...

Have you any idea what can cause this problem? I will appreciate your help.

Answer:I can't login to my user account! Help!

You know the password of administrator account? You know the password of your own made user account with admin rights?

What happens if you enter the wrong password?

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i couldnt login to one of my user account it displays

error msg

"The user profile Service service failed the logon

user profile cant be load on"

Answer:cannot login into user account

any one!!!

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I think it might be a virus or malware. I just downloaded some kind of patch to install windows themes. After I restarted my computer, it wouldn't let me login to either of my user accounts. Sometimes it will ask for a password and sometimes it wont but I don't use passwords. It wont even do anything when I click "Turn computer off". If I let it sit there it will keep restarting every few minutes. I can login to safe mode and change/delete passwords but it didn't help.

Answer:Can't login user account

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Hi,
I have a Windows 8.1 system on a lap top that was used by a former employee. Her name was still on user name and I couldn't change it without Admin privileges (otherwise was asking for a smart card). Found out how to get in to admin in safe mode with Net
User Admin yes- then discovered that the old log in and information / desk top is no longer available. The docs are under Users (old employee's name) in C drive, but the docs and settings no longer show up and the admin log in is the only one available - no
option to change users.
When I went in and said Net User Admin no - thinking if I disabled admin user it would go back to the old log in -  there was no log in available at all.

Help?
Launa

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I have two users in Win 10. First is My Self an Administrator and second one is a Local User. In Computer Management I stopped sharing of My Self Folder. It is showing now "not shared". In C drive user folders, I clicked My Self Folder and clicked stop sharing but even than Local User is able to view My Self Documents and Desktop etc. Please advise.

Answer:How to stop Local User to view the documents of Admin Account

Solved. Got solution in other forum.

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I have two users in Win 10. First is My Self an Administrator and second one is a Local User. In Computer Management I stopped sharing of My Self Folder. It is showing now "not shared". In C drive user folders, I clicked My Self Folder and clicked stop sharing but even than Local User is able to view My Self Documents and Desktop etc. Please advise.

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I want to move my User folder off of the C drive. Besides the Administer built-in I am the sole user of the computer.  I have two methods: one is symbolic links, one is mirrored links (recommended).  I was wondering what role the folder "Documents and Settings" has to do.  It seems to contain identical info as the users files, what is the point?
 
The questions are:
1.  Do I need to move both  of my User folders:one in "Users" and the other in "Documents and Settings"?
2.  Why is there a Documents and Settings folder anyway? and what is it used for?
3.  I am using a Vortex 256 GB SSD for C drive, does that fact impact the move of my User folder?
4.  Would it be easier just to mover the whole User folder instead of just mine  I am the only user of the computer. Again will I have to move the Documents and Settings corresponding files?
5.  Does the drive Users is moved to have to be a Primary Drive or can it be a Logical?
 
Anybody have any answers about the Users vs Docs and Settings folders?  Any tips on moving the users to a larger drive would be appreciated.  I run all of Adobe Creative Cloud software so Users is getting big..
 
 
Dbellas
 
 
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Answer:Moving User Folder and_or Documents and Settings?

I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish.  If you are trying to move these files to another computer why not just clone the operating system with a program like Marcium Reflect.

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Hi,

C:\documents and settings\user\cookies\index.dat

I am using windowsXP.
I could not delete the contents of the above file as it says that the file is in use but I did not launch any programs at all. So what must I do to delete the contents of the file index.dat
Thanks
 

Answer:how to delete C:\documents and settings\user\cookies\index.dat

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not sure what causes this but I have seen it before.

the sys is Windows XP SP3

I had one machine that has gone out on loan during repairs and it now has several orphaned User folders under Documents & Settings, which did not have security set on them, have been emptied, but I would like to cleanup the mess. Logged in as Administrator and in safe mode I cannot delete these. I think this is one of those naming issues where the real name is not what's showing?? something like that.

how do I ditch these? I figure i might could slave it to a Win7 system, take over the files, then delete. that's a lotta work so if there's a quick way, that's better
 

Answer:How to delete orphan User remnants from Documents & Settings?

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Hello, one of the user profiles in Windows XP Pro has disappeared. I cannot recover the files because the folder in Documents and Settings has disappeared too. I am running a virus scan now. Any help in how this could have happened?
 

Answer:User profile on XP Pro disappeared, folder in Documents and Settings gone

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