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Windows 7: Big Mess after creating new profile and deleting original profile

10 Jul 2012   #11

Vista 32bit
 
 

Macrium works for me. The Rescue disk boots into a Wizard . From there you chose the location of the image etc. Then it will complete the job of restoring the computer to the desired state. OK as backup I will create a system repair disk. So how about the original question of cleaning up the mess ?

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10 Jul 2012   #12

Vista 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Now is that image of a stable or of an unstable system?
It's an image of a stable system.
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11 Jul 2012   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

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12 Jul 2012   #14

Vista 32bit
 
 

That's the last thing I want to do. I would try to move files around and delete the old user. IF all else fails I can always return to a earlier image of a stable system after I copy the important data files to a DVD.
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13 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
That's the last thing I want to do. I would try to move files around and delete the old user. IF all else fails I can always return to a earlier image of a stable system after I copy the important data files to a DVD.
I would try the following:

1. Perform full system image backup (done)

2. Copy the important files to a Flash Drive/other external storage(done?)

3. Enable the built in admin account (if you haven't already; note that it's disabled by default)
See Option A within the following link on how to enable this account:
Enable / Disable the Local (Hidden, Built-In) Administrator Account in Windows 7 - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki
4. Log in with the built in admin account

5. Delete all problematic profiles permanently
Don't elect to save a copy of the user's data, etc. as this is why we transferred important files to an external location and did a full image backup.
6. Reboot

7. Log in as built in admin again

8. Create a new profile for yourself
Make sure this new profile is set up as an administrator on your machine
9. Logoff built in admin

10. Login with your new profile

11. Disable the built in admin account
Follow the same steps as you did to enable it but this time type net user administrator /active:no (notice this time it will be "/active:no" instead of "/active:yes")
12. Set up folder locations the way you want them

13. Copy your files back off the Flash Drive/other external storage to the desired folders within your new profile
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13 Jul 2012   #16

Vista 32bit
 
 

I will try as you described next week and advise results. Thanks
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13 Jul 2012   #17

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

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14 Jul 2012   #18
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You may be confused because after you set up the owner's Admin level account during installation or OEM setup, that User cannot ever be completely deleted for security reasons. So until you're ready to reinstall it will hang around in places where you can just ignore it. Focus on your new account and setting it up correctly.

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14 Jul 2012   #19

Vista 32bit
 
 

I have done several clean installs in several computers so I am not afraid of it. However why do a clean Windows 7 reinstall when I made a good clean full disc image immediately after a clean install with all app software operational and all the folders are in the drives I wanted. All I need are the important personal files saved to an ext drive so I can then move them to the appropriate locations . Tks
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16 Jul 2012   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Thanks, I was looking for something like that.

@sportflyer:

Let us know how it goes when you decide to follow through with the steps I posted. However, if that doesn't fix your issue then a clean re-install may be you best option, as gregrocker has suggested.
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