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Windows default and default users

Postby chicagotech » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:24 pm

I did the same thing; Login as myself, set things up the way I want,
reboot, log in as admin, copy my profile to c:\users\default user\

I always do this (in XP) with the hidden files off, I just type in the
path. Vista prompted that it was already there (same as usual here)
but from then on, any user trying to use this default user profile to
create a new profile gets the error: "the user profile service failed
the logon" ...

I connected to the computer's hard drive from another pc
\\share\c$\users and noticed that "default user" was no longer a hidden
folder -- so I marked it hidden. Then I noticed that was another hidden
(new since XP) folder called "Default" .. only "Default" was empty. I
copied all the files in "Default User" to the "Default" folder ... and
voila! I can log in as a new user.

I wonder if if c:\users\default\ is the new default user share? Or
maybe there's a better way to do this in Vista?
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Postby chicagotech » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:25 pm

I have somehow deleted the Default User Account from my PC.
I am the only user of a standalone PC running Vista Home Premium. My account
is as Administrator. I have turned off UAC

Some weeks ago, in an effort to preserve disc space I deleted directories &
files that I felt I would not need, such as Users\Public. I have somehow
during this process managed to delete the "Default" user account.
At the same time (and on several occasions since), I deleted all but the
latest Restore Point (using Disc Cleanup). Therefore I cannot go back to
before.

As a result I can not create a new Account, nor use the guest account. If I
create a new one or try to activate the Guest account, neither show in the
C:\Users subdirectory, and they are not recognised by User Account Profile
Service.

I do not have the original install discs for Vista (PC came pre-configured
from OEM, with install files hidden away somewhere inaccessible on the hard
drive), and there is no option for a REpair Install, only a new Clean
Install, which would involve backing up / reinstalling / restoring all
programs and files.

Does anybody know of a better way to reinstate the "Default User" and / or
Guest Accounts ?
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