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I deleted a file in system32\Microsoft\Protect\S-1-5-18\User

Discussion in 'Computer Talk' started by wit>trope, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. wit>trope

    wit>trope Deity

    Dec 24, 2004
    Why I deleted is a long story (I changed the system clock and a file was somehow created -- well that and like 20 other files that I deleted -- with a time stamp that was years in the future which might interfere with my disk defragmentation software)

    But was it safe to delete? Or should I format and reinstall everything?

    The name of the file just seemed like a bunch of random characters but the OS (XP professional) warned me that it was a sytem file.

    I also deleted like 20 other files with time stamps for creation and/or modification years in the future ... but these seemed safe to delete (they were not system files)

    I also found a couple files in an .cab file that had time stamps a couple years in the future -- these came with the computer so I don't get why that is

    Any light on any of these matters. Most grateful

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