recover xp lost accounts on re-instal

March 6, 2011 at 11:48:49
Specs: Windows XP
I have XP Pro. It crashed. I reinstalled it, and during the install it asked me to define the user, and I typed in my name.

What happened is that the reinstall process created a NEW account that had no knowledge of my previous account.

Fortunately, I could "see" all the data under Documents and Settings of my old account and was able to recover 100% of my data.

Unfortunately, all the apps I had installed no longer work, even though they are still present.

The problem appears to be that there is no way to access my original account AND/OR there is no way to tell my NEW account these apps exist and are installed without reinstalling them under the new account.

I've searched various forums on this but haven't see anything quite like this.

Thanks!


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#1
March 6, 2011 at 14:34:13
Click start, run, type lusrmgr.msc & press enter. Double click on users, right click on administrator, left click on set password & set a password for the administrator account. Set the PC to ask for a password. Don't use the welcome screen.

Reboot & login as administrator with the password that you just set. See if the programs run under administrator.

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#2
March 8, 2011 at 19:05:55
Guapo - thanks for the reply.

Given the REALLY scary message I got when I went to set the password, I thought I'd double-check a couple things first:
1. "Set the PC to ask for a password" - how?
2. "Don't use the welcome screen" - not sure how to do this either.
3. and finally, I assume there is not much risk in losing soemthing that's already gone mising, but is there any other risk you can think of?

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#3
March 8, 2011 at 21:27:18
When you uncheck use the welcome screen in the control panel, users & accounts, the PC will present a login box when booted.

What scary message? Why should you loose anything? Make sure you know or set your user name password too.

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#4
March 11, 2011 at 11:20:46
guapo - OK, I went thru the process - thanks, by the way, I didn't know about the Welcome Screen.

What happened an additional admin account named Administrator.DELL was added, but I can't get at it. It doesn't appear in the list of accounts in lusrmgr, control panel or login screen.

To top it all off, when I tried to reinstall some of my software I found out it won't install properly. Damned annoying.


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#5
March 11, 2011 at 15:02:01
sit60s it appears the fact that you did a new install was lost in the last posts.

New install means
1. you have to reinstall all of the apps again
2. you have to create new users

None of which have anything to do with whether you logon via a welcome screen or the logon box.

The next issue you are going to run into is, once you do get your software reinstalled, you will get a access denied when you try to access files created under the old user account. Google taking ownership of files to address this.

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#6
March 11, 2011 at 15:44:42
If he had done a clean install, why could he see his files under an old account?

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#7
March 11, 2011 at 16:10:30
An anomaly though this could be related to something Dell did with this model.

If a repair had been done than the apps would be available as well as the user logon/showing in control panel/Users. Biggest clue to me was being asked to create a new user. You only get that dialog box with a new install.

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#8
March 11, 2011 at 16:18:11
The 'clean' install was obviously done into the existing partition (ie, he didn't either format or remove and recreate it during the install process). So there's also the issue of 'rubbish' on the hard drive - eg, all of program files, and probably the windows folder (I think such installs usually create a new windows folder called windows.000 or similar leaving the old, but they may just wipe the existing - its been a while since I've thought about this).

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#9
March 11, 2011 at 16:18:34
I guess it's one of those "you had to be there" stories.

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#10
March 12, 2011 at 13:20:02
So.... what I've found with the Dell model I have is that if you let it hibernate it eventually blows up the boot sector. Thus, I've had to repair the OS several times and I never had any trouble with data or apps being destroyed or "orphaned." This last time, it did something I've never seen before: it "repaired" my drive. It did not ask if this was OK, it just did it. The request for defining users was new too, I've never seen it before in a repair process. Even a clean install should not have caused the issue I have now based on previous experience. The bottom line is that it really hosed my system. At this stage, my apps are all installed in an account I cannot access, which means I can't even remove them. I tried reinstalling one piece of software (scanner) and it didn't install - gave me an error 38, whatever the hell that means.

The GOOD NEWS is that I structure my harddrive to keep all data in a separate folder (instead of the app default) for easy backup, so if I ever manage to reinstall my apps I don't expect permission problems.

I'm hoping a registry repair program will clean out the registry of all the orphaned apps phantom accounts and miscellaneous trash and let me reinstall.

Sometimes, I yearn for the bad ole days of DOS where you knew EXACTLY what your computer was doing.


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#11
March 12, 2011 at 14:55:00
I'm not a fan of hibernation or sleep mode but I never heard that it could destroy the boot sector. Do you have anything to support that theory?

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