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I have a limited user on a home computer that managed to mess up his settings and I want to reset that user to defaults.

In Windows XP I could delete ntuser.dat and the registry to reconstructed properly. On Win7 the user gets logged on with a temporary profile. I also tried copying ntuser.dat from c:\users\default. This prevents the user from loggin in.

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Delete the user account completely, and recreate it. That will reset it to defaults. – user3463 Sep 24 '12 at 3:58
If I delete and recreate the account the user will lose access and ownership of files and doucments created by the old user., – John Sep 24 '12 at 15:49
For all the bother it might be, it'll still be quicker to re-assign permissions than the 14 hours you've waited for an answer. – user3463 Sep 24 '12 at 17:16

you also have to delete the UserProleList entry from the registry. Naviage to: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList" and find the right profile entry. (Always backup the registry before!)

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