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Desktop settings not saved

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  1. Angelrat

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    My desktop settings are not being saved. I can turn off auto arrange and arrange the icons to my liking but when I reboot they are arranged on the left of the screen. Same goes for Quick Launch. I can turn it on and it's there but when I reboot it's gone.

    Any help would be appreciated. It's driving me nuts.
     
  2. Crusnik

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    Have you tried creating a new user and logging in as that? Maybe your current user profile is corrupt.
     
  3. Angelrat

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    I haven't tried that. What will that do to all of my documents, etc.
     
  4. Crusnik

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    They won't be under the new user name, but if creating a new user works, I can tell ya how to copy over your My Documents, Favorites, etc to the new profile.
     
  5. Angelrat

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    Creating a new account worked. Is there no way to repair a user profile?
     
  6. Crusnik

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    Not to my knowledge =/... Someone correct me if I'm wrong... But I've never had luck repairing corrupt user accounts.

    To copy over your files from the other profile:
    • Log into the old account or administrator, anything other than the new profile or you may get Access Denied errors since the files are in use.
    • Goto My Computer > C:\Documents and Settings\(Name of old profile)
    • Copy the following folders to C:\Documents and Settings\(Name of new profile): Desktop, My Documents, Favorites, and Start Menu.

    Click yes to any message asking you if you want to over write the current files.
     
  7. Angelrat

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    Thanks! That worked. I assume that I can delete the old profile then create that profile again and copy it all back over... and I'm back with the old profile?
     
  8. Crusnik

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    Thats correct, for the most part =). Alot of apps will be back to their default settings, so you may run into things you'll have to redo now and then (Window sizes, background, etc). Other than that though, you should be good.
     
  9. Angelrat

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    Thanks again! I was almost ready to start completely over.
     
  10. Crusnik

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    I aim to please! =)
     
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