Restoring Deleted Aministrator User's Files in Windows 10?

John Nork 161 Reputation points

We accidentally deleted an administrator account on a Windows 10 computer. The admin user's files were also deleted. Is there any way to get the files back (c:\users\name)? Thanks very much for any help you can offer. John

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Windows 10
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  1. Dave Patrick 329.9K Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    Take a look in the recycle bin.

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  1. SethWH 436 Reputation points

    You can always try check the Recycle Bin, Restore Points, Windows backup - if available.

    If those aren't options and the folder was shift-deleted, pull the hard drive and connect it with a USB adapter to another PC. You'll need a 3rd party recovery program like Recuva or EaseUS to restore the folder and contents.

    Microsoft has also released a recovery tool in the App store for Win 10 2004:

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  2. Teemo Tang 11,021 Reputation points

    If you deleted admin account and admin account user profile at the same, thing will be difficult.
    Check recycle bin for a chance.
    Or restore system to a previous time point which admin account still exist.


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  3. John Nork 161 Reputation points

    Thanks for your suggestions. I will try them and hope for the best!