Questions tagged [user-profiles]

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

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How to get a list of tabs open on another device from your profile

I borked my old computer, and had a few hundred tabs open to work on a project. I now have a new computer, have logged into my old Mozilla profile, and can access the tabs it had saved on that old ...
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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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User Profile failed login on both normal and safe mode on Windows 10

As the title suggests I get a User Profile Service Fails on both safe mode and in normal mode so I can go into my system registry to fix it and I cant find anyway to get into my computer
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Decrease default profile copying time on windows 10

We have ~200 computers running Windows 10 LTSC. Every time new user logs in, Default profile being copied to his newly created profile folder. Every morning those computers being restored and all of ...
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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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New Chrome profile account

Chrome allows creating additional user profiles. But for sync, there's got to be an account. I sure have got one in my default Chrome profile. So, can I use it in these additional Chrome profiles as ...
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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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I'm having an issue with my ssh/sshd on windows powershell

I tried to change my port and log in for root access through my power shell while trying to config my key to where i didnt need passwords or to let anyone else log into my server and idk if i locked ...
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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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unix user account start and end dates

Where I used to work the operating system was Solaris, and I found that in addition to the standard utility functions for looking up information about UNIX user IDs and group names such as getpwuid, ...
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Windows resetting all the data everytime I sign in

I recently got into a strange and weird problem with windows 10. When I booted my pc today, It, as usual, asked for my pin and on Welcome screen, It showed the "Preparing Windows..."message. ...
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duplicate user profile after joining PC to domain - old admin user data not accessable

OLD SITUATION: Windows 10 PC in domain "INTERNAL", but not properly added to Active Directory (AD) ADMIN user "INTERNAL\Ken", properly added to AD folder "C:\users\ken" ...
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LibreOfficePortable - shared drive / multi user

I'd like to use the binaries of LibreOfficePortable with more users in one shared drive, example: Z:\LibreOfficePortable\LibreOfficeDrawPortable.exe By default this is not possible as the profile is ...
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Changing the first created username in Windows 10 [duplicate]

At startup of my new Windows 10 PC I created a local administrator account (not a Microsoft account as I wasn't connected to the internet). Unfortunately when asked who was going to use this computer ...
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How to run two instances of chrome browser each using separate (user + profile)

on linux laptop Ubuntu 20.04 I am running two launches of chrome each with its own user with a unique profile as launched from terminal using /opt/google/chrome/chrome --profile-directory=...
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Can i have a private / user-specific etc folder?

I am often fiddling about with software built from source, which i install in $HOME/.local. To make it run, i have to export various variables such as LD_LIBRARY_PATH. But i do not want to have to ...
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Why is firefox complaining that it can't open my profile?

I'm trying to get Firefox working with multiple profiles (under Fedora 33). This isn't a new configuration; I've had this all working successfully in the past, but suddenly Firefox seems unhappy. If I ...
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Isolating (separating) two users in Windows 10

Title says it all --- my problem is that there are two users and one machine running Windows 10. My goal is to separate two administrator users to the extent that after you select one of user profiles ...
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Windows 10 User Desktop, Documents, & Download folders disappear when redirected

We have found that in Windows 10, a user's Desktop, Documents, and Download folders disappear from c:\users\%username%\ when redirected to a network share. Nevertheless, these folders remain visible ...
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The same local profile for domain users on server?

We have a Security Group in AD: ACL_SRV1_USERS. It contains domain accounts USR1, USR2 and USR3. I need to setup a same local profile for this users/Security Group on member server SRV1. They needs ...
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Fix Corrupted User Profile on Windows 10

I have a bunch of problems with my PC and thanks to some comments in another (now closed) question I found that it is actually my user profile which was corrupted and 2nd (newly created) user is free ...
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Can’t access my files

I cannot access my main user in Windows , so I can’t access my files or applications . I’ve linked a video describing the problem . https://photos.app.goo.gl/St9Df3LuKWUmQFc57 Well, basically it is ...
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How to reset my profile in Windows 10 before returning PC to organization

I have a Windows 10 laptop with a regular domain account with no admin rights what-so-ever. Running MS Windows 10 Pro Education Version 1709. I'd like to wipe the profile prior to returning the ...
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Windows Server: Multiple remote desktop user logins but the same setup (programs, files, shortcuts etc.)

At the moment we are remote desktoping into a windows server with the same login credentials to be able to use the same setup (programs, files, shortcuts etc.) But for security purpose we want to ...
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How do I detemine if my Windows profile is messed up?

About 6 weeks ago I replaced the hard drive in my Dell XPS desktop, with an SSD. Things have been great since then. Until last weekend when some odd behavior started to happen. Whenever I log into my ...
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How to give administrator rights to the local user Windows 10 Pro?

Is there way to give local user rwx rights on Windows 10 Pro 20h1?I need to make user possible to execute only 1 file in user directory
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Outlook View: when changing it, it also changes for other computers using the same account! What is a good workaround for this?

This problem has existed for many years. I'm using Outlook (Office 365) on Windows 10 on many computers (laptops, main desktop PC etc.) Using the same Office 365 Business account on all computers. In ...
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How to move an existing user profile? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a duplicate, I've been searching around for a while but I've not been able to find a clear, simple and straightforward answer to this question. I have a Windows 10 PC with an existing ...
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How secure is my Windows user profile folder?

On my work computer (which has BitLocker enabled), I have a user profile folder with lots of . folders in it, such as .jenkins and .jira and .gradle. These have program settings, but also things that ...
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How do I change Win10 display name? (network account)

I'm trying to change my display name in windows 10, but because it's a network user account I'm not sure how to go about doing this. When I go into [ Settings > Accounts > Your Info ], I can see ...
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Multiple computers in multiple offices of same organization experiencing the same Windows 10 corruption: Windows Settings app won't open

We recently took over the customers of a local IT single-person company who died from complications from Covid-19. One of the new customers has multiple branch locations. They are all running ...
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How to run Thunderbird in a portable way, without using C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\...?

With Mozilla Thunderbird, the default storage for data is in C:\Users\User1\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\.... Even if we want to move a Profile folder to another path, we have to fill this information ...
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Moving AppData to another drive

all I am trying to move AppData\Local, AppData\Roaming, and AppData\LocalLow to my D: drive. I know this is ill-advised by Microsoft, but if developers would be inclined to NOT store all there data in ...
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Default user profile for Windows 10

I want windows 10 to treat my current profile as default profile for all other users added in future. How to do that.
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Rename User profile and folders Windows 10 [duplicate]

I'm trying to rename my User profile on a fresh Windows10 install. I've followed these instructions: Renaming a User Account Does Not Automatically Change The Profile Path However, I lose my ...
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Problems while moving data of Thunderbird

I would like to move my Thunderbird settings and data to a new computer. I am using the method described HERE, and I remember I managed to do it before like this. It seems like everything is copied ...
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