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#1 johnnicklas

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:05 AM

When I booted my computer and logged into my admin account, a message appeared for an instant. It looked like it said it was creating a new user account, but it flashed by so quickly I could not tell.Login continued, but when the account opened, it was suddenly blank and generic. None of my files are there. All of my programs are accounted for, however, and the guest account I have is fine, everything is presnt there. Only the admin account is affected. The event log showed me the following error when I shut the computer down the previous night:

"Windows saved user JOHN/JWN registry while an application or service was still using the registry during log off. The memory used by the user's registry has not been freed. The registry will be unloaded when it is no longer in use."

So I am ssuming this is the problem that created the blank admin account. Is there a way to fix this?

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:46 AM

What user accounts are currently reflected at Control Panel/User Accounts/User Accounts?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837115

FWIW: Copy Data from a Corrupted User Profile to a New Profile in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811151

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:13 AM

Thanks, Louis. I downloaded the Hive and ran it, but nothing appeared to happen.

Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Volatile Environment\USERPROFILE I have C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP>, which I believe is wrong as it should be indicating my user profile (JWN) instead. Can I edit this and, if so, how should it read?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:34 AM

I don't have such a key...but I'm not using a temporary profile.

FWIW: You asserted this is a registry problem, I don't look at it that way. It's a profile problem and I've posted data on the typical way to handle such, using the MS guidance. Beyond that, I really can't offer any advice/suggestions.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 08:18 AM

Thanks. I believe the temp file may have been created because of a corrupted registry. I can open the registry and change the name to point to the correct user account, but I don't know how it should be written. Does anyone have any ideas?




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