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Corrupt user profile

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tomscat, Jul 25, 2003.

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  1. tomscat

    tomscat Thread Starter

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    Upon re-booting, I received an error message that my user profile was corrupt and that the computer would use a "temporary" (default?) profile. It now has a relatively small number of icons on the desktop and includes none of the program shortcuts that I have installed. Although the programs are still on the harddrive and I can reconstruct the desk top it will not retain these settings upon re-booting. It also has eliminated all of my "favorites" from the internet explorer. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. SexyTech

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    Hi There!

    What you'll need to do is this...

    Boot to Safe Mode
    Login as ADMINISTRATOR
    Using windows explorer, you should be able to move all the files from the corrupted profile into a Temp folder on the C Drive. Only grab Favorites, "My Documents", email folders, and personal files.

    Once you have everything you can't live without copied out of the profile, you will need to delete the corrupted profile.

    Open "System Properties"
    Advanced Tab,
    User Profiles-Click Settings

    Click on the corrupted profile and choose DELETE.
    it will ask you about deleting files, say YES.

    Once it's done, reboot the system and log back in normally and windows will build a new User profile for that login.


    Good Luck!

    ST
     
  3. tomscat

    tomscat Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I do have an additional question, however, before I can proceed. How do I find the file with the corrupted profile in it? (I have found the favorites files and see one labeled owner which has all my previous favorites and one labeled temporary that the computer is now using) Thanks.
     
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