removed account - want to 'undo'

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by greggustin, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    while trying to fix other issues
    I removed an user acount, hoping this would help
    then learned this 'broke' a game
    (ie I learned CD key was assigned to a specific account)
    I DID save all settings in some folder somewhere
    how do I retrieve it?
    and remake the acccount
    or am I stuck re-installing everything?
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I am about 99.9% sure a user account can't be restored after deleted, unless you are in a domain setting. And, even then, if replication has already occured you might have a bear of a time doing it.

    I assume you aren't in that setup however, so you may have to re-install the game. When you do perform this action, try to do a custom installation and install the game for all users on the PC to avoid this headache in the future.
     
  3. mfarley

    mfarley OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    If it's attached to that username you *could* recreate that user account and put everything back the way it was. However, more likely it was tied with the SID which will be different regardless of the name in which case I don't think there's anything you can do.

    Just out of curiosity (not a gamer myself) but does this happen often? Do games tie themselves to particular accounts versus functioning for all users?

    Also, can't you just re-install the game and since you have all the 'settings' (by which I hope you mean user settings and saved games) just overwrite the new files?
     
  4. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    User accounts are tied to the SID on a local machine basis. The only environment a user account would be attached to a name is when there is a Domain Controller that houses ADUC.
     
  5. mfarley

    mfarley OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    So you're saying the username is not attached to the SID...which is exactly what I was saying. The SID of the new account would be different regardless if it's the same username or not and I highly doubt he's setup on a domain. ;)
     
  6. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Yeah I knew you were saying that, was just confirming ;)

    Never know, I have a domain at my place and am down to 2 member clients :s
     
  7. mfarley

    mfarley OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    I have to ask, OT I know sorry Greg but...kcny, why are you running a domain controller at your home? I'm in study for my MCSE exams and my dual optiplex boxes are seperate and on a domain of their own purely for my tinkering and for practice, but my desktop is not connected to them at all--no benefit for me. Why do you run a domain? Is it for giggles? I'm just curious...not trying to be all inquisitive and in your business. :)
     
  8. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Yup, pretty much for giggles. I want to be able to control wether Erica can change her background through GPO :smoker:

    It's cool to play with, until I hit a point where it's hindering performance or causing problems, I won't take it out. I love it actually :)
     
  9. mfarley

    mfarley OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    GPO is nice when needed, but I don't really have any use. My wife prefers my thinkpad over the desktop unless she wants to play a game. =)

    Alright, enough hijacking! =)