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How to reset a user's deleted sub-folders/file paths?

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 and Vista

    How to reset a user's deleted sub-folders/file paths?


    I mistakenly deleted the contents of a user's account folder and was unable to replace the sub-folders manually or by pasting empty ones from another account. If I try to use the account to save files, I just get an error message saying that the folder xxx or file path doesn't exist, depending on where I am trying to save them. This is not just a long filename error and I am afraid that I have caused problems for the user that would affect any Windows 8 account he opens in future, because of Microsoft syncing. What do you suggest?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Do you mean you've deleted the entire user folder in the root of C:\Users?

    If so, just forget about it, unless you need to restore actual data. Simply create a new user after deleting the old one:
    Code:
    net user /delete DeletedUserNameHere
    You can see the list of user names with
    Code:
    net user
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 and Vista


    Thank you for your reply.

    The c://users/username folder seems ok apart from the fact that nothing can be saved to it. What I deleted was the contents of the accompanying file path folder, created by the system the previous time I set up the account - c://users/forgotten name/. Not the folder itself, which I was unable to delete. This just appeared again, presumably because it is linked with the email address.

    The computer won't start now, even in DOS mode, so I will have to wait until it is returned from repair to try out any suggestions.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 and Vista


    PS The c://users/forgotten name folder is the one the computer tried to save documents to when I just selected save.
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