Questions tagged [user-profiles]

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

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Can I "restore tabs" in Microsoft Edge from another user's profile?

I had a new User Profile created for me, with the old User Profile still available and readable by me. I am a bit hesitant about doing a "rough" Edge user data migration, of just copying the ...
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tricky user profile issue on a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine

Need some help with a tricky user profile issue on a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine acting as a CAS server. Here's the scenario: I'm using Hyper-V manager on another Windows Server 2012 R2 to connect ...
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How to carefully-and-selectively backup a Windows 10 profile, not using the built-in facilities

Here's how you can backup your Windows profile: How to backup a local Windows 10 user profile and restore it in Windows 10? ... except that doesn't work for me: That backs up everything and the ...
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Delete Unused Profile 1 from Microsoft Edge

I am required to use Edge at work. (For the record, I hate it!) I have my profile set up in Edge. It works, and until recently was seamless. This week I had to explore a second user profile. I set up ...
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Can .profile file be deleted in a Linux system?

I recently added a user account in linux system. The system created a folder with the user name and also a file called .profile within the folder. My question is this. Can it be deleted and the user ...
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Clone user in Windows 11

I am using Windows 11 Home version 22H2 and am wanting to clone a user account with the exact same permissions and setup. Both users are administrators. I have followed the steps in this post: Clone ...
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How to transfer Chrome extension settings from guest to account?

I need to upgrade my Chome but it says I need to reinstall Chrome. I have some extension settings I want to keep but I've been logged in as Guest this entire time. How do I transfer those settings ...
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Windows 11, Filename of C:\Users\name was misspelt, renamed the file however when I open the command line It still shows the misspelt name [duplicate]

When setting up my laptop I misspelt Artoid as Artoi, this meant the filename of the user file was Artoi, I changed the filename as shown in the photo below: The file is named Artoid in file explorer. ...
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How do I prevent a standard user from accessing or opening files in %appdatalocal%\Microsoft\Windows\iNetCache without interfering with app usage?

Without interfering with regular app/program usage, I am trying to prevent my non-admin user's access to: %appdatalocal%\Microsoft\Windows\iNetCache Use Case: preventing users (including me) from ...
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Enable Win+X menu afer moving UserProfiles

After I've moved the C:\Users directory with this response file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> ...
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How to apply settings not only to the current user

A problem I have with Mac OS X is that every time a new setting is added, it applies only for the current user. For example, if I add a new keyboard layout, I have to go to every user and make them ...
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How can I force Thunderbird to use a profile opened with a newer version?

I have recently used a beta of a newer version of Thunderbird, and my existing profile. Now, I want to use the previous, non-beta version with that same profile, but am getting an error message about ...
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Windows 10 - The LoadUserProfile call failed with the following error: Element not found

I noticed that my SQL Server service was not running. I tried restarting the service, but it failed. I went the the Event Manager and discovered that the LoadUserPofile call was failing with the ...
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Who should be the owner for a user under C:\Users\UserName, Administrators or System?

I noticed that the user folder, C:\Users\User-Name-Here shows Owner as Administrators(PC-NAME\Administrators). Other users folders show the folder owner as System. Is this normal? If so what ...
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Is there a Windows equivalent to ~/.local/bin?

On Ubuntu, the default path includes /usr/bin, which is where most system applications are installed via sudo. The equivalent on Windows is C:\Program Files, protected by UAC. (Of course, it's more ...
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Restoring files from deleted users $Recycle.bin

I'm stuck on a problem that I feel shouldn't be so hard to crack, but I can't find a good solution for it. I was handed a user's Windows 10 VM. For some reason, the original domain user account got ...
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On Google Chrome, is there a way to start with a new Google Account profile on Windows command line?

I'm using public computers. On Google Chrome, is there a way to start with a Google Account profile on Windows command line? This account is new to Chrome, since what I want is to login into a browser ...
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PowerShell script to delete Windows profiles fails to get proper timestamp

Note: I cannot do this by GPO, as my group has no control over that. DelProf2 has the same issues with timestamps. I wrote a script to delete old profiles, due to the drives on multiuser devices ...
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Deleting a Window profile manually kills the start button

First: I cannot use GPO as that is outside the contract. DelProf2 does not properly recognize profile timestamps. I wrote a script to delete old user profiles, and it worked fine until Windows 10 1909....
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Profile sync daemon - constant lack of space errors even though there's plenty of space

I just recently started using profile-sync-daemon on a Debian system to sync my Firefox profile with a tmpfs in RAM in order to speed my system up. It seems to be working fine. However, when I try to ...
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Windows 10 logon very slow

I have quite quite common but in details very specific problem. Windows 10 machine logon takes minutes. 3-5, maybe even more. I tried to edit and turn off all startup programs I tried to run with ...
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Thunderbird ignores my migrated profile and asks to create a new one

I am not able to migrate my Thunderbird mail profile to my new laptop on Windows 11 (old computer was Windows 10 though I don't think it matters). Thunderbird ignores the profile data and asks me to ...
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How to retain site login in MS Edge from one PC to another or after reformat?

In Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 after I login to superuser.com say, next time when I access superuser.com again in MS Edge I am automatically logged in to my username account. Like that I have a few ...
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Purpose of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\<SID> - "IsUpgrade"

I just came across a workstation with MANY keys under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion. I'm familiar with the ProfileList and ProfileGUID subkeys, but was srpprised to ...
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User home share persistently inaccessible in default profile after using `runas`

I'm in an environment where much of our profile information is redirected to a network share (e.g. \\foo\Home\myuser) Recently, I was attempting to access a network share as otheruser, and after ...
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How to force Windows to rerun the user profile setup/upgrade procedure manually?

I was running Windows 11, but I guess this applies to Windows 10 as well. I had a semi-broken user-profile on Windows 11 (start menu not opening, the whole taskbar reverted to the Win10 variant ...
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How to create a temporary user account on OS X

I want to create one or more user accounts in OS X that operate similar, but not the same, to a Guest user account in OS X: Files created by a guest are stored in a temporary folder, but that folder ...
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Issues when Windows 10 Account Username Includes Space

In most versions of Windows I have used, and currently using Windows 10, having a space within the account username poses problems, particularly with paths and when the input doesn't accept a path ...
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Difference container and user profile

EDIT: I want to create a "portable user profile" or "portable set of gui apps with their custom files and settings". I don't understand the difference between having a separate ...
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Powershell script completely removing user profile, user's folder, and user's registry key for dormant accounts

I'm trying to create a Powershell script that removes from a Windows computer a user's profile, a user's folder in "C:\Users", and a user's registry key in "HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\...
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User profile cannot be loaded and pin is disabled

I was doing a factory reset on my computer, when everything was finished I get this error when I try to log in: User profile cannot be loaded And here's what I've tried: I've tried to start the ...
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Windows 7 can not find the local profile after moving home directory in registry

I just installed an additional hard drive into my Windows 7 PC and want to move the home directory (D:\Users\Name) to the new hard drive. To do this, I robocopied the old directory to the new drive (...
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USERNAME folder missing, after accidentally moving Downloads folder to Users in C: drive

This and this is the actual problem, with the %UserProfile% folder renamed to Download and I cannot change it: I'm also not able to access the %UserProfile%\Download folder from This PC:
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Stopping a recurrence of a corrupt windows 10 profile

On my laptop I keep getting a recurring problem. I turn it on and it shouts at me that login service have failed and it logs me into a fresh default profile. This is a reasonably common problem, lots ...
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Is the same Windows registry shared between all user profiles?

I have two user profiles on my Windows 10 PC, a developer profile and a regular profile. In the developer profile, I ran a .reg file to add a context menu item that opens a Windows Terminal instance ...
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What are the folders "Desktop" and "[My full name]" in Windows 10?

I have been investigating the folders "Desktop" and "[My full name]". When I type "Desktop" into Windows Explorer, I get a folder that is not C:\Users\\[username]\Desktop,...
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windows roaming profile alternative from the local admin perspective

i have to login daily to multiple (30) windows servers. while i am not a domain administrator, i do have admin rights for these 30 servers. sometimes i have to make changes to my home folder, like add ...
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Where does FireFox store extension's data on macOS?

I've seen a couple related questions, but they're either Windows-specific, or out-of-date — my FireFox profiles/BLAH.a2rad folder doesn't include a browser-extension-data subfolder. A couple specific ...
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Profiles issues - Mozilla Firefox VS Chrome

Till now I was working with Google Chrome with different profiles, each one synchronized with a different gmail account. I would like to move to Mozilla Firefox. I saw that firefox has also profiles, ...
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Setting up a new mac to avoid "system" folders like Documents, Music, Desktop, etc

As a computational scientist, I spend a lot of time working on my macbook pro at the command line. I'm setting up a new laptop and it's time to rethink some of my setup. It's always bothered me that ...
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Create Edge profile with custom name

I want to create several Edge-profiles for my users. By running the following Powershell commands I can create two profiles: Start-Process -FilePath "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\...
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User profile folders data Backup/transfer

looking a simple way to backup/transfer User profile data like Desktop, Documents, Downloads etc before doing any changes on system or installing a windows. Any guides?
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Redirected Windows 10 Desktop Directory Resisting View Configuration

A user's Desktop directory / shortcut has been redirected to a network share, by specifying that network share in the directory's Properties > Location tab. As noted, this causes the directory icon ...
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Copy back previous user and program folders after Windows reinstallation?

Has anyone ever tried, after a fresh Windows installation, to simply restore the previous user (C:\Users) and programs folders (C:\Program Files (x86), C:\Program Files) from the previous installation,...
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Powershell and $HOME variable: broken if you move your default data folders to another drive?

While playing with powershell, I've just noticed that the $HOME variable won't give me the correct result if the user's data folders are moved to a different drive. For instance, let's assume two ...
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Can't login to my profile after a change in the ProfileImagePath

I'm on windows 10 and I entered the registry and changed the ProfileImagePath's value As soon as I had done that, my pc broke, couldn't access files and not even the start menu. I restaarted it and ...
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How do I share multiple chrome profiles between machines?

Chrome allows creating additional user profiles. But for sync, you need an account. I sure have got one in my default Chrome profile. So, can I use it in these additional Chrome profiles as well? Will ...
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Google Chrome macOS: transfer all user profiles and passwords

To have a backup to my main Mac, I bought another one with basic specs. I manage a lot of social media profiles and therefore have a lot of chrome profiles to manage different business logins, email ...
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How to fully reset Edge?

I'm facing several weird issues with the Edge browser on Windows 10 (see here) which seem to be related to my user profile; if I create a new user account, Edge shows no issues. I already tried ...
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How do you control what's under the "User's Files" folder on the Desktop?

On a Windows 10 user's Desktop, there is a folder that can be displayed which is a representation of the user's special/known folders. It looks similar to %userprofile%, but I don't think it's the ...
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