Recovering Files from Deleted User Account on Windows XP

“I work as system administrator managing user accounts, network connectivity and other important things at work place. I remove unused user accounts on weekly basis to make new accounts for as and then I get orders. While doing so on Windows XP system, I have accidentally deleted active user account along with its associated files currently used by some employee instead of erasing unused account. Now, before my manager happens to know about this I have to fix it. Can anyone suggest me some reliable software that can recover files from deleted user account on Windows XP? Kindly assist me.”

This kind of troublesome situation may encounter with many Windows users. Deleting or creating user account in Windows XP can be done only by system administrator. User accounts are helpful when multiple users have to access same computer. Creating and logging into a particular user account on Windows XP will limit access permission of the files within this account only to system admin and respective user. So that no others can access any files from system drive.

While deleting any user account from Windows XP, system admin can choose whether to remove or keep the files related to that account on system hard drive. Files will be removed if system administrator chooses to erase user account along with its files without informing the user ahead of time. However, not to worry much because by deletion no one will ever lose any file permanently. Deleted files remain invisible to the user access in its same memory location. If right file recovery tool is immediately employed then it is possible to get back files from deleted user account on Windows XP with much ease.

Tool to retrieve files from removed user account in Windows XP:

Yodot File Recovery is the excellent tool to restore all files from deleted user account on Windows XP computer. This tool will perform neat scan of system hard drive just in few seconds to retrieve deleted files of various file types. It has caliber to restore documents, PPT files, spreadsheets, compressed archives, sub-folders, etc in same hierarchy as they were saved on system hard drive. There is also an option called ‘Show Deleted’ to glance at only deleted files that are recovered using the software. Apart from Windows XP, it can retrieve deleted user profile files from Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows 8.x, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2003 OS based PCs / laptops with no trouble. More to this, one can even restore lost, missing or erased files and folders from USB flash drive, Flash cards, portable hard disk and other storage devices with NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, NTFS5, ExFAT and ReFS file systems.

Procedural steps to get back files from deleted user account Windows XP:

  • Download Deleted file recovery software on to your Windows XP hard drive in unused space (especially not to C drive as it stores files and folders from user accounts)
  • Install and run the utility according to given instructions
  • In main screen, click on ‘Deleted File Recovery’ option and select the drive / partition to scan from where user account files are deleted
  • Recovered files will get displayed either in ‘Data View’ or in ‘File Type View’. Toggle between them to have detailed look at rescued data
  • Use ‘Show Deleted’ option to have clear look at all recovered deleted files at once
  • If your files are still not listed in it, use Lost File Recovery and scan the drive again
  • After confirmation of successful recovery save recovery session to a destination location on Windows XP
  • From recovery session, mark required files and folders to be saved and click on Save option

Important Note:

  • While erasing any user account in Windows XP, remove only account by keeping the files in some location
  • Before erasing user account, allow the user to take backup of essential files

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