Questions tagged [user-profiles]

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

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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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Folders copied from Windows XP are undeletable

Background A while ago, I backed up someone's user folder on Windows XP to my hard drive (NTFS). I later deleted this folder off my hard drive, but five folders stayed behind: My Documents\Calenders ...
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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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automatically set the home directory of a new user based on their group membership

I want to make a user that only belongs to one group, and their home directory is set depending on the group they belong to. I know that useradd -g thegroup -d target_directory theuser would work fine,...
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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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Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade fails on user profile creation

I'm FINALLY upgrading my Windows 7 Ultimate machine to Windows 10 (several legacy applications that I use for my business have prevented me from upgrading until now). I tried and failed to upgrade my ...
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I am upgrading a client's server from an Essentials 2012 box to 2019

Unfortunately there is apparently not an upgrade path from 2012 (not r2) to 2019. There are only 12 clients on the network. Can I unjoin them from the domain, create the domain on the new server with ...
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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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Opening a transferred Thunderbird profile doesn't show its emails — except the first time

I have successfully copied my Thunderbird profile from a MacBook Pro onto an external hard drive, and then copied the profile from the external hard drive onto a PC (running Windows 10 Enterprise). I ...
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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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Windows desktop Sync settings and profile & files

I have a small question, on my network we have several users and we want them to be able to log in when they come at work from any PC on the network and when they do their desktop, files, and settings ...
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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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Copy your admin session layout + windows modifications to other user accounts in windows 10

I made several modifications to a clean install of windows 10, such as putting taskbar on the left, adding batterybar taskbar widget, removing edge from taskbar, removing cortana + command history + ...
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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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Win10 Pro 1909 multiple Administrator Account profiles

Built a Win10 Pro 1909 image to deploy to multiple workstations. Sysprep and WDS image capture went fine. Deployed to first workstation fine. Local built-in "administrator" account is activated and ...
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what's the difference between chromium temp profile and guest profile?

So I can launch chromium with a guest profile chromium-browser --guest or with a temp profile chromium-browser --temp-profile. The only one difference that I found was that you can switch to other ...
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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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Copy user profile (credentials) from one windows machine to another

After some googling: How to backup a user profile and restore it in Windows 7? How to backup a local Windows 10 user profile and restore it in Windows 10? https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...
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renaming user file back after I accidentally set it as a file for videos

I was changing the locations of some files such as (Desktop, Downloads, Videos) from main disk C:/ to my second disk D:/ , due to lack of space, I have accidentally change user file to the main folder ...
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How to rename the “Personal folder” link in Windows 10

I added my "Personal folder" (what Windows 10 calls the user folder that takes your name) to my Start menu from the settings. Unfortunately, while clicking on that Start menu entry goes to my user ...
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Migrate Win7 -> Win10 profile with high-resolution choice of deployment

Yes, this is another question about migrating a user profile from one computer to another (Windows 7 to Windows 10 in my particular case). However - I'm not sure the user I'm migrating the profile ...
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Unable to Login after Switching to Local Account in Windows 10

I was trying to rename my User folder in Windows 10, version 1909, OS Build 18363. 418 to my correct first name. I opened an Administrator Command Prompt and used the command "net user Administrator /...
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Unable to login after renaming user folder in Windows 10 [duplicate]

I renamed my folder under Users in Computer Management from "denni" to "Dennis". I then opened an Administrator Command Prompt and used net user Administrator /active:yes and the command completed ...
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Messed up Windows 10 User Folder Registry

I was trying to, and successfully did, change the "Personal Folder" that some applications store their data in from My Documents to my User Folder. I don't like the clutter that it introduces to the ...
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What is the windows user templates folder for?

On Windows 7 Professional, my C:\Users\<my-username> folder contains a folder called "Templates" (i.e., C:\Users\<my-username>\Templates). However, I've accidentally deleted this folder (...
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clean up a windows 8.1 user profile

Is it possible to clean up a windows 8.1 user profile, so that all the customizations made after the creation of the profile itself, are deleted? As an example, the user changes the desktop ...
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Combining User Profiles

I had an operating system corruption problem on a Windows 7 machine. I gave it to a local technician to diagnose and asked, if all was well with the hardware, to reload the OS from my back up. The ...
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How to prevent Windows 10 standard users from executing unknown .exe files?

Is there any option beyond separating administrator and standard users to prevent the installation of user-space programs (such as Spotify, using portable software, etc.)? We have a set of ...
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How determine most recent active local windows user accounts?

We have a few computers that many employees (70+) have used over the years. I am upgrading these and want to transfer the most recent users. Just the ones that have signed into the system in the last ...

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