Missing documents after multiple system restores

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by dnechols, Aug 10, 2009.

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    dnechols Guest

    I have a computer with XP that was not setup for user accounts, but rather
    only the administrator with no password. I set up a user account with
    limited access to allow someone to use my computer while on vacation. During
    this process, I set up another user account with administrator rights. When
    I returned, I logged in with the new administrator user account and realized
    that I could not locate the files that had been stored in the
    Administrator\my documents folder.

    I tried to reset the password, but was unable to. I attempted several
    system restores to get back to a state with only the original administrator
    account, but did so without using the undo option after each restore.

    The current computer state is one with all user accounts, an administrator
    account without a password, all programs operating, but the my document
    folders under all accounts only have the sample pictures and no original

    Of course there is no backup, I should have used undo after each restore,
    and I should not have used the original administrator account to store
    documents. That being said, is there anyway to get to my original documents?

    Thanks you for any help that you can provide.
    dnechols, Aug 10, 2009
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    CSM1 Guest

    This should get your files back.

    How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
    CSM1, Aug 10, 2009
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    dnechols Guest


    Thanks for the response. I followed the guidance on taking ownership of a
    file or folder, but unfortunately it did not resolve the issue. I neglected
    to mention that I am using XP Professional if that matters. Any other

    dnechols, Aug 10, 2009
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    David B. Guest

    For additional support I would suggest reposting to the xp.general group,
    this group is for discussion of Windows Media Center.
    David B., Aug 10, 2009
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    Jaime Guest

    Are you saying you created a new "Administrator" account, if so, it would
    have recreated the profile under \Documents and Settings\ and wiped out all
    the existing items. If you are saying that you never changed the original
    "Administrator" account, then all the files should be there when you log in
    under that account. When you go to C:\Documents and Settings\, do you only
    see the two profiles (All Users and Administrator)?

    If you did recreate the account profile, you would need to use some type of
    undelete/recovery software to try to rescue the files as soon as possible.

    and as David mentioned, this probably isn't the best forum to post your
    Jaime, Aug 11, 2009
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