Accidentally Deleted User Profile in Vista

Dell Inspiron 1545 notebook
June 19, 2010 at 10:21:35
Specs: Windows Vista
i am using windows vista i think i might have accidently deleted my user profile and since then i am unable to
load windows without being deferred to safe mode, i am unable to access my operating system it says denied access, and i cannot open anything. i.e services, configuration. i tried using the discs that came with the laptop to reinstall the operating system as well as the drivers and utilities but windows was not able to create a folder for the installation and there was not enough space on the disk for the drivers installation. i also do not have administrative authority to change or alter anything. i am at my wits end as to what to do. can someone pllease help me!

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June 19, 2010 at 20:34:24
If you have more than one user account, is it possible to log on as another user and gain access to windows? If no one else can suggest a way to access windows I guess reinstalling the operating system is the other option. Did you try putting the operating system DVD in the drive and than restarting the computer and booting from the DVD? I think it usually gives the option of a clean install which should format your hard drive and drive space should not be an issue. The only other way would be to first use a bootable third party utility to format the hard drive. I hope this helps a little bit.


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June 24, 2010 at 21:54:26
If you can use another computer, download OPHcrack live CD for Vista and burn to a disc.
Start your computer and have it boot from the CD. OPHcrack will run and tell you any accounts that are on the computer as well as the passwords. it will take a little while to run.

You can then see if your account is still there and what the password is, or some other account which you can log on to windows with.

Or download ultimate boot cd and burn to a disc. boot from the cd. With ultimate boot cd you change the passwords for user accounts on the computer - this more advanced as it is a command line utility.

Mike Treloar
Sago Networks

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