Apr 11, 2012

How To Recreate a User Profile in Windows 7

Remember back in the good ol' days in Windows XP and Windows 2000 when someone had a corrupt user profile in Windows all you ever had to do was go to c:\documents and settings\ and delete or rename the folder that was in there matching a particular user? Simple, clean and easy right?

In Windows 7 if you delete the folder in C:\users and try to have the affected user login, they get greeted with a temporary profile don't they? What gives? Well it turns out in Windows 7 there is one more thing you need to do to create a new profile, and it involves the registry.

What you need to do is:

  • Click Win+R then type in regedit and click OK.
  • Browse to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  • Locate the sub-keys pointing to the affected profile and delete them
  • Reboot and login as the affected user

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    That's about it, once that key is gone, Windows can go ahead with creating a new folder based on the default profile.

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