how to restore deleted profile windows 7

made a big mistake and deleted a user profile from :-

control panel, system, advanced sytem settings, Advnaced tab,  'sub -heading' User Profiles-settings.

is there anyway to restore this ?  tried system restore but has not helpped.

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Om PrakashCommented:
When you delete a user then you get these options on the screen:
a) Delete files
b) Keep files
c) Cancel
If you selected option a) then the files are well and truly gone. Sorry. On the other hand, if you selected option b) then you will be able to see the profile folder under C:\Users.
Deleting the profile from there also deletes it from C:\Users folder - and I don't know if this folder is included in a System Restore or not.

Can you check if the profile has re-appeared in C:\Users?  While the profile may not be registered in the registry, it does exist, and you can potentially recover the items in the profile area.  I'd suggest renaming the folder in C:\Users, creating a new profile, and then migrating the missing documents from the profile area.
When deleting the profile it would give you an option to save files..did u select yes or no...Check your desktop for any new folder.

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TokenHashAuthor Commented:
i think i said yes :(
Which user account were u logged in when u delete the profile...check desktop of that account..check for any new folder.

you can still get the data by using


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TokenHashAuthor Commented:
ok trying recuva :)
Did u check the location mentioned by om_prakash_p:

TokenHashAuthor Commented:
yes check the files are gone
This is a Windows 7 operating system, correct?  Is so and you still have viable system restore points, you should conceivably be able to use the built-in Restore Previous Versions functionality to recover the user profile folder:

Restore Previous Versions of Files in Windows 7

TokenHashAuthor Commented:
done the job
Glad to hear that you are back in business!  However, for future reference if your operating system is successfully creating system restore points, you really shouldn't need third-party software like Recuva.  The Windows 7 built-in Restore Previous Versions capability will provide you will the same capability, and it's much more likely to recover the entire file/folder intact than Recuva would.  In fact, there is a fairly good chance that Recuva didn't completely restore all of the files from that profile.  As it says within the tutorial that I referenced, it works in every version of Windows 7 and it is a great Microsoft utility, but many technicians don't even know that it exists!
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