Restore Object in Windows 2008

Hello all,
I have a client that decided to do some cleanup.  They have one main user id that most of the users use in Active Directory (let's call it USER01).
Today they decided to go into AD Users and delete USER01.  Obviously it was an oh crap moment and they recreated USER01.
Well now when a user goes to a machine (mixture of Windows 7 Pro and Windows XP Pro) it now creates a new profile on the PC.
I need to either:
A)  See how to restore this one deleted object in AD (by the way I do not think that there is any AD backup and there is only one server), OR
B)  How do I copy over a profile from the original USER01 on the PC to the new USER01 on the PC?
Of course this would happen during Christmas time!
Kelly W.
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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
When Active Directory objects are deleted, they are placed in the Deleted Objects container. By default, the CN=Deleted Objects container is not displayed.
You can use the Ldp.exe administration tool in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to display the Deleted Objects container.

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K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
I will tackle doing this, but one question.
They recreated the USER01 object.  Should I delete that one also and then restore the original one?
Brad HeldCommented:
Yes - there can only be 1 user01
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Brad HeldCommented:
This could also be good time to talk to them about unique logins for every user - never a bad time to talk about best practices and mitigating risks :)
Manjunath SulladTechnical ConsultantCommented:
In this scenario,

Rename newly created object to other name and restore earlier deleted object using LDP
K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
Okay I reneamed the newly created object to olduser.
Am trying to do a restore object using LDP and I get the following error:
An attempt was made to add an object to the directory with a name that is already in use
Not sure what to do now.
Kelly W.
K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
Never mind the previous it figured out.
I got it to work.
Now when you restore a deleted active directory object, such as a user, do the file shares restore or do you have to manually do that?
Kelly W.
Brad HeldCommented:
Depends on how the permissions were applied - if they were by user then they should be fine, otherwise validate the groups were restored as well
K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
Worked beautifully.  
Thank you all and have a Merry Christmas!
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