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All my user data seems to be missing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by murraykhc, Dec 3, 2011.

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  1. murraykhc

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    I am the only User on the computer. When I turn on the computer I see my User picture and I enter my password but Vista has created a TEMP user using my name and password that does not have my stuff. How do I get Vista to use my real User folder for startup?
     
  2. pip22

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    Your actual user profile may be corrupted, which is why Windows has created a temporary one for you.
    Create a new user account for yourself, then copy/paste from your original user account folders into your new one.
    To gain access to your original user account folders you will need to take ownership of them, explained here:
    http://www.nirmaltv.com/2008/07/11/how-to-take-ownership-of-files-and-folders-in-vista/

    Because you might lose access to your user files for several reasons, you should always keep backups of them on at least one other physical drive or on CD/DVD.
     
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