While reinstalling Windows 7 on my new SSD, I decided to move my user profiles to one of my HDDs. I followed this guide:


I ran into the slight hiccup of not being able to log into my account - the seemingly common issue of the User Profile Service failing, as described by M$ here:


I did some fiddling with the registry from recovery mode, I don't remember all of them, but under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList I changed; Default to E:\Default, ProfilesDirectory to E:\, ProgramData and Public to E:\Public.

Also, within my key in the ProfileList key, I changed my ProfileImagePath to E:\Username1, as well as some other changes I don't remember. Somehow I got my account to work just about fine.

However, I tried to add another account (I also changed their ProfileImagePath to E:\Username2), and they can't log in. As soon as they try to log in, they are logged out again.

I followed the suggestions here: Windows 7 automatically logs out when logging in, but even new profiles have the same issues.

How can I fix this?

  • Sounds like a mess. You backed up the registry before you started, right? – CharlieRB Aug 23 '13 at 11:49
  • Most of this was done during the install process and before first logon, so no. – timelmer Aug 24 '13 at 7:06

I see 3 things to try. I will list them in the order I would try them:

  1. If you have a backup of the registry, restore it.
  2. Are there any restore points? If so, try to restore to one of them and see what happens.
  3. Re-install Windows. Probably not what you want to do, but it would fix your problem! :)
  • 1. Doesn't exist (This was all done during/directly after install) 2. Same 3. sigh – timelmer Aug 24 '13 at 7:07
  • On the plus side, it's not like you have a lot of data that will be lost, right? – Jon Carl Aug 25 '13 at 3:19
  • I guess so, just a lot of stuff to reinstall. – timelmer Aug 25 '13 at 16:41

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