|"I inadvertently deleted my friends administrators profile..."|
1. unintentional: an inadvertent insult.
2. not attentive; heedless.
3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by lack of attention.
2 and 3 are appropriate - you weren't paying attention.
When you go through the procedure to delete a user profile, when you actually click on Delete or similar, a short message pops up in a small message window, the text along the lines of "All data for the user will be deleted ! Are you SURE ?" or similar.
If you ignore that message and continue....
EVERYTHING for that user is DELETED, and does NOT show up in the Recycle Bin, that was in C:\Documents and Settings\(that user's name)\all the files and sub folders of that user's name, and the parent (that user's name) folder.
That's where Windows saves everything personal for a user by default. That's where all the personal data is for the user, unless the user deliberately saved the data on a hard drive or other location other than in C:\Documents and Settings\(that user's name)\the files and sub folders of that user's name
That includes everything in
- My Documents, the sub folders of My Documents such as My Pictures, My Music
- all saved personal program files, including email and email related info if you're using an email program installed in Windows
- the saved personal Favorites in Internet Explorer
- etc., etc.
The ONLY way you can recover ANY of that data is to use an un-delete program of some kind.
You have to be able to access the hard drive's contents in order to be able to use an un-delete program.
All users of XP have administrator rights or privileges by default, but only ONE account user name can be spelled exactly Administrator, and that user is normally ONLY accessible to log onto when you load Windows' Safe mode, or Safe mode with networking (mode).
See response 2 in this.....
.... starting at
"XP has a built in user account spelled exactly Administrator."
The Administrator user has no password by default. You just press Enter instead of entering a password.
If that user has not been deleted, and still has no password, you can boot into Safe mode and make a new user for your friend.
However, if you want to recover as much of his original data as possible, you must use an un-delete program as soon as possible, because the longer you wait and the longer you run Windows before doing that, the fewer files that can be successfully recovered,
- or - for that matter, you are better off not using the computer at all, connecting the hard drive to another computer, and using an un-delete program on that computer to recover his files from his drive. You might even recover the folders and most of the files in
C:\Documents and Settings\(that user's name)\all the files and sub folders of that user's name
if you do that.
We're not allowed to tell you how to remove passwords on a laptop on this web site.
If the Administrator user has a password (if it does there are asterisks - *** - in the box where you type a password ), or if you have deleted the Administrator user, and you don't know the password for any other user that has administrator rights, then you cannot access Windows.