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Windows 7: Corrupt Users

15 Jun 2009   #1
burtie

Vista/Windows 7
 
 
Corrupt Users

Recently I seem to be getting a lot of problems with user profiles becoming corrupt. Evertime myself or another user logs on we are given a temporary profile. The problem seems to go away after a reboot of the machine

Just wondering if anyone else has had teh same problem?
I am thinking it may just be a problem with the current installation I have (build 7100)


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15 Jun 2009   #2
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burtie View Post
Recently I seem to be getting a lot of problems with user profiles becoming corrupt. Evertime myself or another user logs on we are given a temporary profile. The problem seems to go away after a reboot of the machine

Just wondering if anyone else has had teh same problem?
I am thinking it may just be a problem with the current installation I have (build 7100)
Try running a full disk check to determine whether or not there is a problem with your hard drive?
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15 Jun 2009   #3
poin2

Windows7
 
 

I had a problem with that after upgrading from Vista. Eventually led to a blue screen and inability to recover a user profile, if I recall.

Did a fresh install and hasn't occurred since.
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15 Jun 2009   #4
burtie

Vista/Windows 7
 
 

Hmmm maybe it could be my hard disk, I know one of the times I restarted it ran a disk check and my hard drive is getting on a bit now

I recently reinstalled W7 on the partition that Vista used to be on. Maybe another install again might sort it out? I think I will wait until things unusable then I might give it go but it seems to be ok for now

Thanks guys.
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15 Jun 2009   #5
Generator

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

You could try this Vista solution from Microsoft.

Fix a corrupted user profile - Windows Vista Help
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15 Jun 2009   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burtie View Post
Hmmm maybe it could be my hard disk, I know one of the times I restarted it ran a disk check and my hard drive is getting on a bit now

I recently reinstalled W7 on the partition that Vista used to be on. Maybe another install again might sort it out? I think I will wait until things unusable then I might give it go but it seems to be ok for now

Thanks guys.
One thing I would advise that you do now is to create a new (password protected) admin user so that if you do get problems with the user accounts in use that are not fixable with a re-boot at least you have a way to access the OS.

Personally I would activate the Hidden administrator account Now, (with a secure password), just in case

Experience has taught me that putting off an intermittent, minor annoyance, can sometimes escalate into something a lot worse so even if you do not have the time to fix things now at least put in a recovery plan
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15 Jun 2009   #7
burtie

Vista/Windows 7
 
 

How do I enable the hidden admin account?
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15 Jun 2009   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi Burtie,

Have a look at this tutorial from our sister site Vista Forums

Administrator Account - Vista Forums

Shawn explains things much better than I do

Just ensure that when you enable it you give it a secure password and only use it or emergencies
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15 Jun 2009   #9
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Hi Barman58,

What is the advantage of activating the "Administrator" account? Doesn't the first account created after install already have admin privileges once UAC elevated?
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15 Jun 2009   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Due to the changes in Windows Vista and now Windows 7, and the way that permissions are applied certain areas of the system are difficult to access for a normal admin user even when elevated, especially on a hosed system.

The is due to the addition of a new super user "trusted Installer" which is given ownership and exclusive rights to parts of the "Program Files" tree.

The hidden administrator is not subject to this restriction and is also "immune" from UAC restrictions. This results in the real administrator often being able to perform operations during a system recovery scenario that is not possible for any other user.

The problem with all this power is that should a virus or other undesirable gain hold when this superuser is active the system is completely open to attack.

The security changes were brought in to prevent this outcome
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