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    Folks:

     

    I have lost a user profile on a computer.  When Vista Business starts up, it gives an error message:  Unable to load user profile. 

     

    The computer is using a temporary profile, with a nearly factory-fresh desktop.  He has lost lots of data.

     

    Of course, the data is still there --- there is still a folder with his name in the users directory.

     

    How can I restore his profile?

     

    Thanks!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007 7:36 PM

Answers

  • Hello MicahS,

     

    Do as following steps:

    1. Create a new user, for example user1, then log on as user.
    2. If successful, then log on as administrator account,  start - Computer - System properties - Advanced system settings - User profiles.
    3. Use copy to … to copy problematic user profile to user1.
    4. Log on as user1.

    If the error information appear again, use following steps to rebuild a new profile:

    1. Use copy to … (in User profiles)to backup the problematic user profile
    2. Delete the problematic account profile in User profiles.
    3. Log on as the problem account again.
    4. You will get a new profile now, then copy the necessary data (such documents, IE favorites, desktop files, and so on) from the backup folder to the problematic account’s newly created profile, without replacing all the subfolders.

    Regards

     

    • Marked as answer by MicahS Monday, August 1, 2011 8:41 PM
    Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:01 AM

All replies

  • The exact same thing happen to me except I'm running XP on this computer.

     

    Help needed also.

     

    Thx

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 10:27 PM
  • Hello MicahS,

     

    Do as following steps:

    1. Create a new user, for example user1, then log on as user.
    2. If successful, then log on as administrator account,  start - Computer - System properties - Advanced system settings - User profiles.
    3. Use copy to … to copy problematic user profile to user1.
    4. Log on as user1.

    If the error information appear again, use following steps to rebuild a new profile:

    1. Use copy to … (in User profiles)to backup the problematic user profile
    2. Delete the problematic account profile in User profiles.
    3. Log on as the problem account again.
    4. You will get a new profile now, then copy the necessary data (such documents, IE favorites, desktop files, and so on) from the backup folder to the problematic account’s newly created profile, without replacing all the subfolders.

    Regards

     

    • Marked as answer by MicahS Monday, August 1, 2011 8:41 PM
    Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:01 AM