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How to handle changed user ID

I had to delete a corrupted Windows account and recreate it.
For cygwin, the new account, although with the same name, has a
different user id.
Of course, this creates access problems for existing files (even if they
appear to have the same user in ls -l, because the *old user* is still
listed in /etc/passwd).
Is there a canonical solution to this problem, other than running chown
-R $USER ~ ?
Can the new user be forced to use the previous user ID?

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