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Windows Update seems to have left me in the System account.


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#1 danjkf

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:54 PM

Had to reinstall the OS.

 

Upon booting into the re-installed drive, it ran a ton of Windows Updates.

 

The Windows Update control panel tells me they all completed however when I login under my own username this is what I get:

 

USERNAME=SYSTEM
USERPROFILE=C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile

 

I'm guessing that Windows Update left me in this state.

 

How do I get back to my own Profile?



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:00 PM

Does your profile exist, can you go into user accounts and verify that its there?

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:07 PM

You probably mean in Comptuer Management as opposed to the c:\users\username directory.

 

Both are there.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:10 PM

Also check in User Accounts in Control Panel as that is where you should be managing your local account settings, and try creating a new account via control panel and try logging into it.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:18 PM

When I open User Accounts from Control Panel, it's targeted to my username.

 

And yet I open up a cmd; do a set; and see username and userprofile set to System.

 

All kinds of stuff isn't working because I'm not targeted to my normal Account.

 

Haven't tried making a new Account yet but that's in part because I'd like to get back my original Account settings.  That is, as I think of it I want USERPROFILE set to

 

c:\users\username

 

and not

 

c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:20 PM

Well creating a new user account is only a test once that has been accomplished and tested to not revert back to systemprofile we can move on to your personal account.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:28 PM

Created a new account and when I logged into it, it was 'itself.'  In this case USERPROFILE was set to

 

c:\users\newaccount

 

Then yet another Windows update arived and I installed it.  Rebooted and logged in as 'myself' and landed in System again.  Moreover this time, my theme is gone, the background is black, and I got an error message I last saw yesterday: something about "You're been logged into the System profile, see the Event log".  Um, yeah right - thanks.  How do I get out of here?

 

I can probably duplicate the message if I log out and back in again.

 

Is there perhaps some tie between my landing in the System account and the fact that a whole ton of Windows Updates have just arrived?



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:34 PM

Your primary user account could have become so badly corrupted that you are logging into the System Profile.

go back to your new account, and go into Computer Management then to Local Users and Group double click on your username that is logging into the systemprofile then go to Profile Tab and see whats listed.

There could be a correlation, but I doubt it.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:03 PM

I realized what I can do.

 

Make a copy of my old c:\users\username1 directory tree and keep that for the files in it.

 

Then delete that account and then recreate it since that's the name I want to use.

 

Once I do so I should be able to login again as username1 although it will have only the default settings.  I can rebuild its setitngs and use files from the saved tree as needed.

 

I don't want to stay as SYSTEM in c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile.  The SYSTEM account is not supposed to be used as a daily user account and it seems to undesirable qualities as a daily account.  For one thing, the video settings seem funky.  Rather than 'fix' them under SYSTEM, I should rebuild username1 and work on things there.






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