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Cygwin Deleted My Windows User Account

November 12th, 2004 Tony Leave a comment Go to comments

I wanted to run rsync on a Windows XP machine for some incremental backups of a server so I installed Cygwin. A few days later I decided to just setup a cron for rsync on my Mac at home so I uninstalled Cygwin.

It started the uninstall process with no confirmation. When it was done removing files and registry entries it started killing all running applications and restarting without asking me! After it finished rebooting I couldn’t login with my normal user account. So I logged in as admin and discovered that my normal user was gone! Completely removed.

Beware of cygwin.

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