Help! I Lost My Windows 7 Profile!

It happened to me just yesterday! I logged into my laptop, and, “Yikes!” My profile was “gone!” No desktop shortcuts I had created, no documents in “Documents,” etc. Man! Severe bummer! Of course, the files were still there, I found them in C:\Users\ but I was no longer “pointing” to it in my profile. But, I found an easy fix, so if it happens to you, do this:

  • You must have administrative privileges to do this. Run REGEDIT
  • Navigate to:
    “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”
  • You should find your profile key, with another named identically except for a “.bak” extension
  • Delete the “normally named” key
  • Rename the “.bak” named key to remove the “.bak” extension
  • Restart your machine

If you do not have administrative privileges, you will need to fist sign on with a user ID that does. Viola! It is fixed! Why did it happen in the first place? Well, it IS windows, Dewd!

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