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dannymac

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Hey
This is probably an easy problem to fix, I'm just an idiot. I was tyring to help my girlfriend change the name of her user account and I couldn't figure out how to do that in User Accounts.. It only lets you create a new account, so I did that thinking that all the files from "Computer Administrator" could easily be copied over to her new account. However, when I logged off and went to sign onto her new account, the "Computer Administrator" account was nowhere to be found, so since I figured it was just on the new account, I logged in and now she has none of her files. She puts all her school work on the laptop and I really messed this one up, so if you could give me a hand I would be eternally grateful!
Thanks alot,
Dan
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I would suggest a system restore

runbox command
- press the buttons: winkey + r button
- paste this to slot: %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
- press: enter
- choose a date prior to the problem
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Hey, I tried to do a system restore to the point that it had for this morning, because she was doing work last night. However, it restarted the computer but then it said that it couldn't restore to that point. I was hoping to avoid having to restore before her like 6 hours of notes she took last night
Thanks for the quick reply!
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How to take ownership of a folder

Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File sharing when it is not joined to a domain.
For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307874 How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP


To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
  • Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
  • Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  • In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
  • Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:

    You do not have permission to read the contents of directory <folder name>. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?.

    All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.[/code]
    Note <folder name> is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.

  • Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.
How to take ownership of a file

Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
  • Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
  • Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  • In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

    The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.

  • Click Add.
  • In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
  • Click OK.
  • In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
  • When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.

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