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XP Pro 5.1: User accounts give “”Your current security settings put your computer at risk" warning--why? Fix?

I'm the admin. When I log into my recently set up user session (there are two) the Win Security Center pops up a bar that says "Your current security settings put your computer at risk, click here..." ...
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After recovery to restore point, Windows 7 missing pinned items and favorites

I believe a recent windows update was interrupted. The next day, I could not logon and was presented with the error "User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded". I ...
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What installation options do I provide (everyone/just me, local settings, shared settings, etc)

This is something I've wrestled with off and on for ages. I have several apps with Inno Setup installers. By default, they install for all users, but the program settings (in an INI file) stored in ...
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Windows XP login with broken profile

About on each third boot I get logged in with a strange profile. I log in as usually, but get some temporary profile, a mixture of my settings and default ones. Of course, it's completely unusable, my ...
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Can 'Switch User' in Windows 7 work with Active Directory?

In Windows 7 you can 'Switch User' to anyone who's been configured locally on the machine. Can this be extended to allow someone to switch to a user defined in Active Directory (the same directory ...
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Reducing the size of your Windows profile

I've heard people say you should move documents from your Desktop to My Documents, in order to reduce the size of your Windows profile. Aren't both the Desktop and My Documents part of your profile? ...
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New user profile creation error - Windows cannot open *.exe

I have a Windows 7 laptop with the user "mydomain\boy" that cannot log in to the laptop. The error message is something like "User profile service cannot log in the user boy". I then logged in with ...
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How do I change HOMEDRIVE HOMEPATH and HOMESHARE in Windows XP?

I have got a laptop which is configured to have the user profile in a network drive. This is causing me a lot of headaches since the connectivity to my company is very slow. I want to relocate the ...
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Moving user directory after re-joining the domain with the least amount of pain on Windows 7

Unlike Windows XP, it's pretty easy to change a user's sub-directories in Windows 7 like Music and Documents. Go to their properties' location tab and move it elsewhere. I am looking for similar ...
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How to copy user's profile from one terminal desktop to another?

we are using two terminal desktop servers of same versions at work. there is server A and B. Users tend to have only one fully customized user profile only at A or B. We want them to connect to load ...
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How do I recover my corrupt Windows profile?

Recently, I converted my profile was converted from local to roaming profile, via the active directory users and computers tool. This was an experiment in which I should have used a test account, but ...
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Google Chrome shows error messagebox every time it starts

I removed Google Chrome 10.x dev version, and installed 8.x stable version again. After installing 8.x, chrome always shows this message box, every time it starts. Your profile can not be used ...
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How can I remove 1 user name remember in IE

I am using IE 6 on Windows XP. IE remembers my 4 of my login names to my google account. Is it possible for me to just remove 1 login name and password that remembered by IE and keep the rest in tact? ...
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Putting User Directory on Mapped Network Drive on Windows 7

I want to relocate my user directory C:\Users\Edwin to a mapped network drive E: (i.e. mapped from a network share \\\\192.168.22.9\share). The difficult part is in relocating the user directory ...
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Accidentally deleted user profiles on Windows 7 - can't log on with other users now

I did a horrible mistake about 2 days ago; I was thinking of cleaning up my PC, so I thought of emptying the user profiles' folders. There were also some users whose accounts I'd already deleted, so I ...
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How to copy windows live mail settings to new profile

I've just set up a server as a Windows 2008 R2 domain controller and have configured my Windows 7 PC to be part of the domain. Now that I got a new user profile, how do I migrate settings like ...
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I'm trying to conserve SSD space & want to move User Accounts to HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I have a newly installed Windows 7 install on an SSD, and have about 17GB free before adding any users or ...
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Permission problems when transferring files from XP profile folder to Vista

I had two desktops, one XP and another Vista. The XP machine started to freeze frequently and eventually refused to boot. Repairing it didn't work so I decided to transfer the files from the hard ...
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Broken %APPDATA%

I managed to break my %APPDATA% folder, by moving my user area from one hard drive to another. I just moved (rightclick, move) the [Username] folder to another hard drive, and ingnored a lot of the ...
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How to keep/back up my entire Firefox profile, including the saved passwords

I am using Ubuntu, and I need to reinstall it. I have tons of sites for which Firefox manages my access credentials. How do I back it up and reattach it to the Firefox installation I'll have after I ...
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What's the point of the \Users\Default profile?

I'm a linux user and don't really know all that much about Windows stuff. I'm changing the default \Users directory and I see that there's a Default user profile at \User\Default that's a hidden link ...
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Can I (re)move Microsoft Help files?

I have limited profile space and it seems that Visual Studio and Office insist on filling it up with "Microsoft Help" files. The are located in C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft Help (I'm on ...
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Moving users folder on Windows 7 to another partition

Question based on this answer. I want to do it like that, but I'm installing Windows 7 afresh. Can anyone provide the exact steps to follow?
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using junctions and moving the Recycle Bin to the right partition

I have got two partitions on a PC running Windows XP: C: system partition D: data partition Usually every user has got his user profile on C:\Documents and Settings\<user> But I have moved ...
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Windows 7 “Guest mode” implementation?

Windows 7 beta had a feature called "Guest Mode", based on SteadyState or PC Safeguard that was available for Win XP and Vista. SteadyState was perfect! But for some reason discontinued support for ...
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Software for avatar/user picture creation

I am looking for a software that allow me creating different user pictures/avatars. For example, like the one of my picture profile. I know that do exist many different online services, but I need ...
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Unusual behavior with Windows XP and Log in to Incorrect Account Space

I am trying to repair my sister's computer. It is a Dell Inspiron 6000. It is running Windows XP, and I believe has service pack 3 installed. She has sent me the machine to examine. She has been ...
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Setting up a new computer with an SSD

I am building a new computer (already purchased the parts, just waiting on them to arrive), and I am planning to use a SSD as the boot drive. My dad suggested moving the Program Files (and Program ...
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How can I limit the usage time for an user profile in Windows?

I have 4 kids so the battle for time on the living room computer never ceases, I am also implementing an attempt at some level of control over how much time the kids get based on their behavior etc ...
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Does Chrome work with --enable-udd-profiles on Windows7?

When enabled (chrome.exe --enable-udd-profiles) hitting Ctrl+M brings dialog that allows to start another Chrome thread with different user profile. I use that on Windows Vista. Now I'm sitting on ...
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Recreate user profiles after reinstalling Windows 7

I have a Windows 7 Home Pro system with a SSD boot drive and conventional HDD for user accounts. I created a junction to make C:\Users point to D:\Users and all was well. Now the SDD got corrupted ...
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User Folder/Desktop path getting reset after Windows Explorer crashed

So my laptop was screwy this morning, mozy Home backup froze up and when tryign to kill the process, Windows Explorer crashed along with it. Windows 7 tried to do its normal recover, which went ok, ...
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Why did Vista lose my user profile?

My computer crashed last night and, upon rebooting and scanning the disk, it proceeded to load a default Vista user profile. The desktop now shows default icons and background, the start menu is back ...
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How to implement a secure personal web browser on an office PC?

My employer has a thankfully enlightened view regarding web usage during working hours and I would prefer to remain signed into my own personal web pages that I will view during quiet periods or ...
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copy local profile to new (same OS) computer

I have my main laptop which I have set up just the way I like it on Windows 7 (i.e. disabled areo, show all icons in notification area and customized the start menu to name a few). I've recently got a ...
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Each time when a 'users' logs on to Windows 7 they're prompted to setup their Outlook 2007 profile

We're currently trialling Windows 7 to replace XP. One problem I have is that each time a 'user' logs in, they're prompted to setup their Outlook 2007 profile. Has anyone seen this?
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Temp profile used when User logs in

One of my users logged into his computer, Windows XP, last night only to be meet with an error message that it could not load his profile and he will be logged in using a temporary profile. Typically ...
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How to increase the number of items in the “recent” folder in Windows 7?

Windows 7 keeps a list of recently used files in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Based on my observation, it keeps 10 items for each file extension. So when you So ...
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How can I limit other (administrator) users access to my profile?

We in our club have a computer with Windows 7 Professional that every club member may use. And everyone has their own separate account. Those accounts have to have administrator priveleges since I ...
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Can I restore one of my user's profiles in Vista?

My youngest daughter uses my 4 year old laptop, which has Windows Vista installed. Somehow she got some Trojan (Vista Internet Security). (I'd love to know how that happened, seeing as how she is a ...
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Profile not loaded correctly (Cannot access registry)

Every so often, I log on and get the Following Message: User profile was not loaded correctly. You have been logged on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you ...
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Where did the “All Users” folder from XP go in Windows 7?

I'd like to place some files in a folder that shows up on all user's desktop on a machine. What do I need to know about the differences between Win7 and XP to do this? Is this still possible?
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Missing Profiles in Ubuntu User

I've got a zen slice running Ubuntu. I set the thing up as root and had "normal" bash and vim profiles, however the new users I've created for myself and others have no profiles. I've tried copying ...
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Windows Vista: Copying from an Admin profile to a standard user

I'm wondering if you could copy all the settings of an Admin-enabled profile to a standard user account? If not, is there an application that can help you achieve this? I didn't know I've been ...
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How to selectively load device drivers in Windows 7

I sometimes hook up my laptop to a regular keyboard and mouse set. These require drivers that I don't want loaded when I'm using my laptop's own keyboard and touchpad. So... Can I tell Windows 7 to ...
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Large Users Profile - Windows 7 - Machine running slowly

I have the MD of a client of ours who has a Windows 7 Profile that is currently 14GB thanks to Videos/Music and Documents. The first thing we did was to switch from roaming to local. What I need to ...
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What information is stored in NTUSER.dat on Windows XP?

What information is stored in the registry hive NTUSER.dat? Please try to be specific and avoid answers like "user settings."
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how to remotely open an URL in Firefox in a specific profile?

I have several instances of Firefox with several different profiles running. Among them profiles with the names "software" and "test". I am trying to open an URL from a bash script to have it open in ...
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Hide folder from other users in XP?

Is there a way we can have user specific folders in XP that other users cannot access or use?. Thanx edit:I have my drives in fat32 filesystem.
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Make Google chrome with specific user profile as default browser

Is it possible to set Google chrome with a custom user profile as the default browser? When I set google chrome as the default browser, it picks the "default" user profile as against the custom one I ...