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

09 Jul 2012   #1

Vista 32bit
 
 
Big Mess after creating new profile and deleting original profile

Originally I had all my data files in drive D and only programs in drive C. Somehow my old user profile got corrupted and the Backgound wall paper is not working properly. So I created a new admin profile to fix it but now I have a mess .

After I created a new admin profile and moved the old users folder/files to the new user , I decided to delete the old profile after everything seems to be working properly . When deleting the old profile I elected to save old user files to my desktop ( fortunately) . I now have a very fragmented system . Some of the folder/files are still under my old username in D drive , nothing in my new user name in D drive plus almost all of the folder/files from the old user ( in drive D) are now in a folder on the desktop where windows elected to place them when I elected to save the folders/files. I really need all the old user folders.

I would like to have the Data in either under my old or new username in Drive D instead of fragmented all over the place. I realize I ended up in this situation because I didnt understand fully what windows will do when creating and deleting user profiles.

Please suggest what I have to do to clean up the system?

Thanks

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09 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Before proceeding, I would backup the computer to an external location such as a USB HDD or network location. If you don't have the ability to do this, at least track down all the files you want and copy them to a USB flash drive or other external device
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09 Jul 2012   #3

Vista 32bit
 
 

I would definitely do full computer image backup before proceeding any further. What is frustrating is that the Restore point I created before deleting the old user is gone. So I can't even restore to a condition prior to the creation of new User. The computer is running fine as of right now. I just don't like the Data folders and files spread over 3 locations .
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10 Jul 2012   #4

Vista 32bit
 
 

Guys, do you think its safe to move the contents of the Folder windows saved in my new user desktop when I deleted the old user profile back to the OLD User Folder or to the NEW user Folder I created in D ? Will windows and app programs have a problem locating these folders by themselves or do I need to go to each program to point to the folders?

I hate to create more mess than it already is.

Thanks
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10 Jul 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Let us know when you have performed an image backup of your current system to an external usb.

Safety first!
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10 Jul 2012   #6

Vista 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Let us know when you have performed an image backup of your current system to an external usb.

Safety first!
Already done yesterday . I used Macrium Reflect for full image backup to an External Drive . I also created Recovery Boot Disk.
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10 Jul 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

The term "recovery boot disk" means different things to different people.

Would you tell me how you made such a "disk" (you probably meant disc)?
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10 Jul 2012   #8

Vista 32bit
 
 

It was part of the backup process provided by Macrium Reflect . It is for booting the computer with the disc in place so that I can reinstall the backup image in case something goes wrong. I created a Linux version as well as a compatibility version both options provided by the software Macrium. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download .
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10 Jul 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I've never used Macrium.
I've always used Win 7 Backup and Restore which comes with Win 7 and works perfectly.

There are others who do use Macrium.

I rather strongly suggest that you make a Win 7 System Repair Disc so that you are prepared in case of some disasters.

True is that if you have Win 7 DVD then you can get to the repair section without a system repair disc. To protect the Win 7 DVD and for convenience I always use a win 7 System repair disc which fits on a normal CD.

CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC

START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button



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10 Jul 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Now is that image of a stable or of an unstable system?
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