26/04/2010

Corrupt profiles Windows 7 (Domain users)


This is the first real problem I’ve come across in Windows 7. My work college has been having some issues with his laptop, installers have been complaining that his ‘My Documents’ folder (redirected to H:\) doesn’t exist. After pushing and poking some settings I decided the quickest and easiest thing to do would be to recreate his user profile.
Reboot the system and login as another use (preferably Administrator) then browse to C:\Users and rename the user’s folder.
Normally when the user logs in next Windows will create a profile automatically, however under Windows 7 it decided to create a temporary profile.
It turns out Windows 7 stores the path that a user should be using for their profile under the following registry folder;-
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Look through the various folders listed until you find the one with your pesky profile, delete it and then login as normal.

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