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User Profile lost...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by designervision, Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. designervision

    designervision Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2007
    On startup (XP) the welcome screen had an error message that said something like 'cannot find user profile'. What does this mean and what do I do?
  2. Crusnik


    Feb 1, 2007
    Sounds like your local profile is corrupt. Not sure if there is a way to repair a corrupt profile, maybe someone else might know of a way.

    What I've done in the past though when encountering this problem is the following:

    1) Log in as Administrator
    2) Goto C:\Documents and Settings and rename your profile. Like from Bob to Bob_old.
    3) Goto the Control Panel > Users and create a new profile.
    4) Log into the new profile and go back to C:\Documents and Settings.
    4) Copy you favorites, my documents, and desktop from the old profile to the new one.
    Ex: C:\Documents and Settings\Bob_old\Favorites\ to C:\Documents and Settings\Bob\Favorites\
    5) Reset, log back in as Administrator and delete Bob_old.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    You will probably have to create a new one, per directions here:


    You can try running chkdsk on the drive, and while it will probably not "restore" your damaged or lost profile, it may be able to save data in a special folder.

    The chkdsk log is available in eventvwr.msc > Applications log > Winlogon after the reboot.

    chkdsk has a special method of saving any lost and found data on the root drive

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