User profile in WINDOWS 8.1, 8, 7 redirected to C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile RRS feed

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  • Hi all,

    When you are logging into Windows 8.1,8 or 7 using your user credential you will finaly end up as system service account or at least your profile will be recognized this way. This mean that system is now looking in C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile for DESKTOP, DOCUMENTS etc.

    I faced this probem few times on diffrent PCs. This problem has been out there for some time and peapole are tring to copy their profile to C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile. Sound no good for me.

    Another way is to create new profile but it takes a lot of time and the problem sometimes comes back

    I manage to find out that the issue has something to do with the change of the registry at

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-X-X-XX-XXXXXXXXXXXX

    S-X-X-XX-XXXXXXXXX is your user SID. The to REG_DWORD that are changed



    After you change values to FLAGS 1 and REFCOUNT 0 you have to log out. Now log in and you profile should be back again.

    I hope that this will save you some time and that microsoft will finaly fix whatever cause this issue.

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:51 AM

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  • Hi Grzegorz,

    Thanks for sharing and it will be very useful for the people who will come across the similar symptom in the future .

    Best regards

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    Friday, March 20, 2015 6:03 AM
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    Wednesday, March 2, 2016 1:44 AM