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Windows 7: User Profiles restored from backup do not appear on welcome screen


27 Dec 2011   #1

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User Profiles restored from backup do not appear on welcome screen

Hi,

Due to needing to clean C drive and re-install Windows, I backed up just the user profiles to an external hard drive using the Windows 7 utility. I have restored the profiles using the same utility but the profile names and logo's do not appear on the welcome screen. I can see the files and folders in Explorer but I thought that the profiles would be automatically re-created. Have I missed something?

Incidentally, when I reloaded windows I created an Admin profile for setting everything up and did not use my actual profile name.

Thanks

Steve

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27 Dec 2011   #2

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You will also need to create the user account that matches the profile. Load Control Panel, User Accounts to create a new account and make sure that the profile has full rights over the restored profile.
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27 Dec 2011   #3

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Thanks, I will give that a go. Incidentally, because i partitioned my hard drive after cleaning, I think the main partition in which Windows sits, may be named differently from before the clean up. Where should I restore to, original location or new location?

Steve
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28 Dec 2011   #4

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I don't think the name of the partition makes any difference. You can leave it as it is.
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28 Dec 2011   #5

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So, check the box 'restore to original location'?
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29 Dec 2011   #6

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Yes, restore it to the original location.
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29 Dec 2011   #7

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Thanks
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04 Jan 2012   #8

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Sorry to bring this posting back up again, however I have now added a SSD as the primary drive, with Windows 7, Office 2010 and Mcafee loaded up and updated. My original HDD is now going to be the home for the user profiles etc, but currently is totally clean and therefore empty.

Having read the tutorials for moving user profiles to a new location, I am still unsure about a couple of points. Currently I have still the single Admin profile that I created when loading Win 7, but have not set up the 4 profiles, that I will need. Should I create these profiles, now, to match those on the back up, then move them to D drive prior to restoring the data to D, or restore the data first, then create and move the user profiles afterwards.

I also assume that I will not be selecting the 'restore to original location' option when I restore the data to D drive.

Thanks in advance

Steve
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04 Jan 2012   #9

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I would first move the Users folder, then create new profiles.

Kari
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04 Jan 2012   #10

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Thanks Kari, I will try it now.
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