NTUSER.DAT file

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auversoi
NTUSER.DAT file

Does anyone know what the NTUSER.DAT file is? There is a NTUSER.DAT file in my documents and settings under a file with my ex boyfriends name. Of course he used to have files on this computer 1 year ago but the file has a modified date of last week.

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Hot2na
NTUSER.DAT

NTUSER.DAT is a windows registry file. 

The NTUSER dat file is actually one of your Registry files. Unlike the other Registry files, NTUSER.DAT is stored in your personal Documents and Settings folder and contains the entire contents of the HKEY_LOCAL_USER branch of the Registry. You can’t delete it because it’s in use and protected, and you wouldn’t want to because otherwise you’ll mess up your whole computer! It will grow as you install more software that creates keys and sub keys in this branch of the Registry, and so is perfectly normal. To summarise: leave NTUSER.DAT alone.

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Anonymous Visitor
Re: NTUSER.DAT

Thanks for your answer. You sound like you know what you are talking about unlike the others.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: NTUSER.DAT

Hey,Napoliforever13 here. Check out my youtube page!

-anyways, just hide it.
Right click and click properties
put a check next to "Hide" and there you go!

hope I helped.

Anonymous Visitor
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I know this is an old question, but I thought I'd comment on it for future reference. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DELETE THESE FILES AS THEY ARE CRITICAL. My guess is at some point you made these folders visible by accident. Go to any of your folders, i.e. docs, pics, etc. and click the organize tab. In the organize drop down, there will be FOLDERS AND SEARCH OPTIONS. Click that and go to the tab that says VIEW. Under VIEW check the DO NOT SHOW HIDDEN FILES and HIDE PROTECTED OPERATING SYSTEM FILES. The ntuser.dat docs should no longer be visible.

jc
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i read all the posts on this problem and was sure it was something i had done and sure enough, your advise and instruction were spot on. every word was used with no waste, you should be an online guru.
Anonymous Visitor
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But if it is in \Documents and Settings\MisterEx\ then it is part of his profile- if he still has an account on your computer then I think you can get rid of that folder and all its contents by going to start:settings:control panel:Users and deleting that user, opting to remove all his files. Problem may be: 1. His account was already removed, but opting to save files. 2. There is only one account on the machine (his) and that is what you are using. In that case don't touch NTUser.dat. That would account for it being recently modified.

dajman
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Hi Hot2na, I'm Dave the 66year old freak whose mind is blowing about the ntuser.dat file (gawd but it's worse than toothache)

I dont want to delete ntuser.dat I just want the error message telling I cant delete it -- everytime I open Outlook Express to get out of my machine. The error box is not active when its on screen,so I cant delete it or hide it or anything it. All I can do is close it and then I can do my mail.

Such a tiny irritation but the damned thing is driving me mad. If I was able to drink I think I'd get blotto to ease the pain. How one old adult can be so obssessive I dont know - I just know I am (but that's another story) Please pretty Tuna, either get me straight-jacket or help me overcome this monster --pretty please.

Dave.

zigymn
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 DAVE  

   Sounds like you have a problem with Outlook Express.  It must be trying to lookup something in ntuser.dat and having problems. That file is USERID related, you might try another user { that would give another ntuser.dat }  otherwise can you save any Outllook stuff and remove / reinstall ??  The Express is the FREE version that is there when you install, REAL Outlook comes with Office, so not sure what to tell you about " How to  remove / reinstall ".  I haven't used any Outlook in 3 or 4 years.... 

Hope this helps.   I can look at ntuser.dat  but it is binary and doesn't make any sense...  to non geeks 

dajman
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Thanks zigmn that sounds like sound commonsense to me. I'll give it a try later (got a wedding to go to- would much rather fiddle around) and I will let you know. Thanks for the use of your clear head. Dave.

Anonymous Visitor
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Under auversoi's circumstances I would be concerned that the ex boyfriend's name was still in use on the computer - "the file has a modified date of last week."

It appears that there may be a user folder for the ex boyfriend on auversoi's computer, and that the User of that name should be deleted. Since the ex's ntuser.dat file was recently in use it would be useful to understand why -- perhaps that is only because of system activity of some type, but I'd want to be sure the machine's security was not compromised.

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