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How do I start Chrome using a specified “user profile”?

I use the new built-in "Users" feature of Chrome to switch between Home/Work accounts easily. However, Chrome remembers the "last" user profile you had selected when launching new windows. This is a ...
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How do I delete a user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is part of a domain?

How can I delete the local user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is connected to a Windows Server 2008 domain? DelProf doesn't seem to exist on Windows 7.
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista/7 to another partition

When I format the computer and reinstall Windows, my first step is move the My Documents folder to another partition. In Windows XP it wasn't enough because the desktop folder and another user folders ...
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Can I change the icon used to identify profiles in Google Chrome web browser?

I'd like to make the profile icons in chrome more meaningful. E.g. a pic of the profile's user, my company's logo for my work profile.
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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 ...
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5answers
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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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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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5answers
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Firefox: Using multiple instances with different profiles?

Let's say, Firefox's instance is running with profile 1. Is it now possible, to start a new Firefox instance with profile 2? Normally, when Firefox is already running, no new instance is created. ...
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2answers
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Can't login with new local users in windows 10

I just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I would like to create a new local admin and remove the administrator privileges from my main user. I created the new user but when I try to login I get ...
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sudo unable to write to /etc/profile

I am following the instructions on this site for Grails installation, but am not able to write to /etc/profile like it instructs. sudo echo ‘JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun’ >> /etc/profile ...
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3answers
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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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How do I force Windows 7 to create a new domain profile with same name as an existing one?

I had a corrupt user profile (let's call it bob) affecting xslx files for Excel on a Windows 7 Pro x64 workstation. I verified that the issue was not present on other profiles on the same machine. I ...
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Why do I have three My Documents folders?

I'm trying to fix my profile on Windows 7. Currently %USERPROFILE% points to C:\Users\myUsername My Documents is also at C:\Users\myUsername \\profileServer\profiles$\myUsername has TWO "My ...
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How to move your Windows User Profile to another drive in Windows 8

I like to have my user folder on a different drive (D:) than my OS is (C:). Reading the following post I decided to give it a try. All went quite well, untill I found out that my Windows 8 Apps won't ...
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3answers
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How can I change username in Windows 8.1?

Apparently lusrmgr.msc is not available in the Windows 8.1 version I'm using, and thus I can't change my username under the Local Users and Groups tab. I would like to rename my user profile name so ...
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1answer
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How can I close a Google Chrome profile?

When I install Windows or Linux (Ubuntu/Mint), I start off by installing Google Chrome. I sign in and sync 4 users within Chrome (4 Gmail accounts). My extensions are sync'd as well. There is a ...
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4answers
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How can I Transfer Google Chrome's Data and Settings to another Google Account?

I use Google Chrome and I have 100s of bookmarks, history, search preferences, search engines, extensions, and apps installed. I want to have a new Google account, and I need to move everything from ...
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On Windows XP - Change monitor resolution based on which user is logged in?

In Windows XP Professional, each of our family members are listed as icons at startup. Is there a way to have the system change the monitor resolution based on the family member? For example, if ...
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Windows 7: Migrate user profile to another computer manually

Here is simple task I'm trying to achieve: I need to migrate user profile from old PC to new PC. What I got: Hard drive from old Windows 7 PC New Windows 7 PC I can't use Windows Easy Transfer ...
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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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What steps should be taken to clean a pc when moving to a new job?

What steps should be taken to clean a pc when moving to a new job? I don't want to leave behind any personal information on my work computer.
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4answers
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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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Script to move specific user folders in Windows 7

When I install Windows Vista/7, I move some of my user folders onto a new partition (i.e. Documents, Musics, Pictures, etc.). This does not include moving the whole User directory, just some of the ...
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Firefox: restore all default font settings

Recently I installed Firefox 40.0.3 on a new system. I copied my old user profile (created under an earlier version of FF) and so far everything works. However, in my old profile, there are lots of ...
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1answer
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Understand structure of Chrome User Profile data to Transfer to new PC/ OS & avoid Settings corruption Error?

Older answers are not working so I'm including things that may work in pieces. Chrome Version: 44.0.2403.155 m - 44.0.2403.157 m I used to be able to copy entire Chrome User Profile\Default from OS ...
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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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How can I protect my data from certain apps in Windows 7?

UAC helps protect the system from getting trashed by non-privileged apps. But how can I protect my data from getting trashed or misused by apps? Example 1: An app silently modifies the tags in all my ...
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How can I tell if somebody is logged in with Temp Profile?

I have a user that is logged on but i dont think that their profile has loaded properly. I click on the start menu and it shows the correct username, but im wondering is there a way (once im logged ...
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How do I migrate my son's Windows 7 profile to a new Windows 7 machine?

My son has a computer on our home network that he has all set up with his links, settings, etc. His grandfather sent us a new computer. How can I move his user profile from the older machine to the ...
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Moving Mac OS X user folders?

Is it possible to move the user folders (not the home folder itself) e.g. documents, photos, music etc to another location e.g. inside my Dropbox on Mac? If so how do I do it? I know I can do this ...
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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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1answer
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Windows 7 x64 %userprofile% and %username% are wrong

2 days ago my PC was fine, no issues. I turned my password off so I could send my PC in to my dad's office so he could plug it in and I could download stuff remotely from my phone (the office has a ...
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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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2answers
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User Profile Service Failed User Profile Could Not Be Loaded on Windows 10

I've upgraded to Windows 10 in the last few weeks, and I had to update some drivers to get things working. Aside from that, it has been great. Now I am trying to create a new user via the Settings ...
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1answer
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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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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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1answer
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Reassociating profile with domain

I have a Windows 7 machine that has been part of a Windows 2003 SBS domain for well over a year now. When I arrived back to work today from about two weeks off, I powered up my machine and tried to ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Windows 8.1 reverts to brand new user profile upon every reboot

I'm having a strange problem with a brand new machine that I just installed Windows 8.1 Pro on. The machine is connected to a domain and I logon with a domain account. Every time I reboot, the ...
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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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1answer
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Is there a way to set daily time limits for user on a windows 7 PC?

I want to limit some users daily computer usage on the family PC. Currently we only have one user account set up on it, but I could create new ones. So Is there a way to set daily time limits for user ...
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1answer
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Windows 10 Administrator Your account has been disabled. Please see your system administrator [duplicate]

I recently had a problem after installing Windows 10 which required me to start in Safe mode to rectify it. Since then I can no longer "restart" and the only screen that comes up is : " Administrator ...
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How to restrict access to a specific wireless network to only 1 user profile in Windows 7.

Hi all, I'm using Win7 SP1. I've got multiple users on the laptop that can / must connect to a wireless network, lets call it Wireless1. I've got an second wireless network, (lets call it ...
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3answers
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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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Easy ways to copy user settings across multiple Ubuntu installations?

I have my Ubuntu profiles at several PCs: desktop at home, laptop, 2 computers at work. It starts bothering me to re-tune the same things on each computer I work at. When I start working with another ...
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1answer
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Name of user profile folder on Windows 10

I recently installed Windows 10 on my machine. I logged in with my Microsoft account, as usual. But I noticed something strange: instead of being named "Thomas" as in Windows 8, my profile folder (in ...
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Repairing file associations for a user profile [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to repair a broken .EXE file association A system that I'm working on got the Windows 7 Anti-Spyware 2012 virus. Before it was giving to me it had been running a ...
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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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Use Local Profile for Domain Profile on Windows 7

So I often spend lots of time away from my work network, and today I'm at the office, and I've logged on to the network just fine. However, I've heard that in Windows 7, I can associate a local ...