Questions about a user's profile, home folder and user space files.

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How can I reset a Windows 7 Guest account?

I managed to kill my computer's Guest acccount by deleting stuff from its %appdata% folder. I can't log in as Guest successfully. How can I reset the whole profile to a clean state?
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How do I get Windows 7 to recognize a Junctioned User folder?

I'd like to junction or hard-link my C:\Users[me]\ folder to a folder on my D: drive for space reasons. This has worked for me in the past, but after a recent reformat/reinstall of Win7 x64, Windows ...
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Are junctions affected if the drive is formatted?

I was trying to relocate my user profiles, so that they are not affected by any problems occuring in the drive on which the operating system is stored. I've managed to move user profiles using ...
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How can I create a Windows 7 user profile without the user logging in?

I've created a new user in Windows 7. I now want to FTP into the PC as that user but it fails because the user profile does not yet exist under c:\users\ If I log in as that user first, it creates ...
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InnoSetup - Install an application “just for me” so that other users cannot access the executable

I have set up the installer for my app to offer a choice between "all users" and "just for me". The app needs admin access to install. If I install for all users a shortcut and start menu entry goes ...
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permanently move the c:\Users folder to another partition in windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I have a small fast install of windows 7 on an SSD drive. I would like to move the c:\Users folder to ...
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How do you move google apps data folder?

I'm running out of disk space on my C: drive and I found that google application are taking up a lot of space. Picasa, Chrome, Google Desktop etc. Surely there's some nicer solution than hacking in ...
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Adding root to a group

I am not new to Linux, but there's this strange behaviour I'm seeing on my Fedora 15 box. I want to add the superuser to a group called, say, thisgroup. # usermod -a -G thisgroup root # groups # root ...
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Should I be concerned with deleting a user account

Somehow a user account got corrupted so following advice, I created a new user account. I now want to delete the old user account but I am a little nervous. A few main points: Both the new and old ...
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In windows XP how to get back my profile?

I have a windows XP machine with split drives: C:\ - just OS D:\ - my data I ran out of disk space and when logging into my profile, it popped with some error stating that since it didn't have any ...
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Windows XP SP3 User profile restoration

I messed around by accident with the computer and I am a new IT intern. I restored my system as I had lost everything stored in my profile. A new profile 'mlinda" is created with a proper domain ...
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How can I figure out when an user has last logged out? The user folder?

In C:\Users, does the date last modified of the user's profile folder equate to the last day they logged out?
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Google Chrome duplicate and open with multiple profile

I'm using Chrome 13.0.782.14 dev-m and have followed the instructions here, copied my Default folder to a test folder, then used the flag to point to that test folder. I found that below items are ...
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My account is in administrators group, but doesn't honor permissions for administrators group on remote share?

I am on a home network and not using a domain controller. My username is in the administrators group and I have UAC turned on. I have a share on a network computer that has certain rights for users of ...
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Can I export/import a Windows Profile

I am about to move some users off a domain to using stand-alone account, and I'd like to keep all the users settings (eg thunderbird cache/saved passwords etc). Is it possible to export the settings ...
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Moving a user profile to a different drive letter in Windows XP

Can someone please give me the right procedure to move a USERPROFILE from C drive to D drive in Windows XP? I found two questions on this forum and in one question the link is dead: How do you move ...
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How to delete user account and profile on Vista

I have read already googled but all the instructions available do not describe the options I have on screen. Most of them described a "Delete Account" button where Vista will prompt whether want to ...
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Merging (Using the Same) User Profile for both XP and 7

I am currently dual-booting Windows XP and Windows 7. Each OS has its own user folders (\Documents and Settings\(All Users | Bob Bobson, etc.) in XP, and \ProgramData | \Users\Bob Bobson, etc. in 7). ...
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How to delete user folders for old user in C:\Documents and Settings in Windows 2003

I have got an old laptop from a previous employee of my company. Because all the software I need is preconfigured on the laptop I am using the laptop as-is without un-installing or re-installing any ...
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Windows 7 Logged on with a temporary profile

I'm having a problem where after power faliure during a reboot Windows says there's a problem with the user profile and logs me in to a temporary one. This happens both with my personal account and ...
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Store XP Pro user profiles on a networked drive?

In linux, it's easy to store user folders on a networked drive - just mount it on /home - but I can't seem to find any resources for this in XP Pro. Note that I don't need to move the whole ...
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Windows 7 Home Premium - Folder Redirection

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit if it makes any difference), and I would like to safely migrate C:\Users\paul to D:\Users\paul. My (home) network is a mix of Windows, and *nix boxes, and ...
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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 ...