I upgraded to 10 from Windows 7, 64bit. After a week or two of good running, I started experiencing a slew of issues. Here is the lowdown:
- Start menu does not work. Must right-click to access anything
- Edge and Store icons have disappeared, nor do they work at all.
- Notification icons (Notifications, Volume Control, etc) do not work. I have to right-click on them to get any functionality.
- Half of the functionality of Control Panel is screwed up, so even making a new User Account took a lot of acrobatics and ditch water
I tried all the usual reinstall functions to try getting them to work, and none helped. Eventually, I tried creating a new user account on a lark to see if that would help. Everything worked! However, all my settings, cookies, saved passwords, etc were back on the old account (for example, login information for websites I log into frequently suddenly were asking me for usernames and passwords I had long forgotten, MS Office thought it was a new install day one again). I attempted a mass copy-paste of the contents of the "AppData" folder & subfolders (Local, Local Low, etc). That worked, but then caused the same problems in the new account I made. So... The answer? Something is corrupted in the user account, more specifically in the AppData tree.
In the old days of having a corrupted user account, we'd just delete the NTUser.DAT file and call it good. But, I don't believe that Win10 has that luxury. SO, in order for me to have my cake (uncorrupt the user account) and eat it too (keep my settings, cookies, saves, etc), I'm needing a little guidance on what does and does not need to be transferred.
Has anyone else experienced this frustration? If so, am I overlooking something? Anyone know which folders I need to NOT copy over to the replacement account? I attempted to be aware of that before, and didn't have it overwrite folders that already existed, but apparently I boo-booed somewhere.
Thanks in advance!