I am currently have this issue and intend to follow the solution provided here and appreciate your help. I just want to say this should be required reading for anyone contemplating buying a windows machine, think again. I never make this mistake again.
Well it was c:\user\temp so no nothing is there - there were some serious photos there. I think I will have to try some file recovery software. I'm annoyed (with Vista) as I never got the warning message or if I did I missed it (I was logging on with a fingerprint scanner and probably didn't have my glasses on)
This is a very poorly implemented feature of Vista - it should log you on to a permanent guest account or something rather than a temporary account.
I believe you had made your mistake when you renamed the C:\Users\(user name) folder. Doing so would cause this error. The only way you can rename the C:\Users\(user name) folder, and fix your current problem, is to create a new administrator account and delete the old one from within the new one from User Accounts. You will not be able to use any of the names used by the old account since they will all be tied to it though. Be sure to select the Keep Files option when deleting the old account to have the contents of the old account's user folders saved into a folder on the desktop of the new account. Afterwards, check in the C:\Users folder to see if the old user account is still is listed. If so, you can now safely delete it.
Hope this helps,
You can add your system specs, listed in your signature, to the My System Specs link at the bottom of your posts by going into User CP and Edit System Spec. This will avoid a long post.
1create a new adim account with out any name assoc. with the first account
ex: if present is xsc the new one can not be sxc or csx
2 delete admin account
3 go into regedit and delete sid.bak file
4 go to c:\users\xsc and delete that folder
sorry i am a little slow on this one
please note an hour later than above post
i went to user account created a new account tried to keep files and delete the old account could not do it while i was looged in rebooted sign on with new account deleted old account kept files went to explorer and viewed all files new and old deleted old user in explorer seems ok do i go into regedit
and delete the sid.bak now?
Deleting the old user account from User Accounts in the Control Panel and it's C:\Users\(user name) folder should have the SID key removed automatically from the registry. You can check if you like to see if it was. If not then it will be safe to delete the SID keys for that old deleted user account only.
Well, Brink, I wanna say: great thread! You're very kind, taking your time to help others. :D The etherword of the net feels cozier when I find folks like you. I hope you're still around to reply to this!
I'm excessively anal-retentive about my laptop so everytime my world doesn't go like it goes everyday (ie: I log on to my - MY- user profile) I get a bit...err, nuts. So, good thing I found this thread in less than 24 hrs of THE EVENT.
I hope Microsoft is working on this because it's incredibly annoying. I costumize a lot and to get thinks back to how they were I'll need a day minimum. Meh.
I've got one question, though. If I do all the things you say in the tutorial, will I get my user account preferences, the whole shebang? My stardock with all my icons, my firefox with all its pretty bookmarks and add-ons?
If your user account is not to corrupted, you should be able to copy all of your user preferences from it's C:\Users\(User Name) folders into the new account after doing the tutorial. I would make a copy of all that folder's content to another location just to be safe though.