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23 Mar 2013   #11
ellellell1

Windows 7 64-bit SP1 (VM)
 
 

Tried all of this, still no difference

I also tried Microsoft fix-it and Cmd - repair system files. Neither of these helped.


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23 Mar 2013   #12
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Sounds like we will have to recreate your profile .

STEP 1)
Restart the PC to unlock the profiles inside C:\USERS folder .

STEP 2)
Login with an Admin rights ( Local and Domain account ) click on the button type CMD in the Search programs and files box .
Press CTRL ➕ SHIFT ➕ ENTER keys and press ALT ➕ Y to by pass the User Account Control window . Or right-click on CMD under Programs(1) in the Start menu and choose Run as Administrator . In the command prompt type in
Code:
WMIC USERACCOUNT GET NAME,SID
and press [ ENTER ] . Take note of the SID number that goes with the User Name you're recreating ( Will need this later inside the registry ) . Close the Command Prompt window by typing exit .

Note   Note

if you don't have another administrator account log in with the builtin Administrator account . To do this . Click on type in CMD inside the Search programs and files box right click on CMD and choose Run as administrator. Inside command prompt type in
Code:
net user administrator /active:yes


STEP 3)
Click on the button and click on COMPUTER on the right hand side of the Start Menu . Double-click on the Local Disk ( C: ) and open up the USERS folder inside the ( C: ) drive . Right-click on the User Account the is having an issue and choose Rename . Add either " . Old or -Old " at the end of your User Account ( ie UserName.old or UserName-old ) close the C: \Users window .
Note   Note
IF YOU HAVE THE COMPUTER ICON ON THE DESKTOP DOUBLE-CLICK AND DOUBLE-CLICK ON LOCAL DISK ( C:\ )


STEP 4)
Go to the registry . Click on the button type REGEDIT in the Search programs and files box . Click on REGEDIT under Programs (1) or press the [ ENTER ] key . If you get a User Account Control window click on Yes or press ALT ➕ Y to continue to the registry . Navigate to
♦ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
♦ SOFTWARE
♦ Microsoft
♦ Windows NT
♦ CurrentVersion
♦ ProFileList .
Locate the SID FOLDER that you wrote down from step 2 . Look for the ProfileImagePath on the right- hand side it will have " C: \Users\UserName " .
Delete the SID key folder that goes with C: \Users\UserName . Right click on the SID folder and choose Delete . Click on Yes to confirm deletion .

STEP 5)
( for DOMAIN PCs ) Log off from the Local Admin account and log in with the exact same UserName that you renamed in Step 3 ( without .old or -old ) to recreate the user profile . Once you get to the Desktop and get no error messages that will tell you that you have successfully recreated the new profile .

( non DOMAIN PCs ) go to control panel click on Add or remove user accounts . Then click on Create a new user account . Type in the old name without the .old or -old. Choose Administrator and click on Create Account button .

STEP 6)
Log off from the builtin admin account and log in with the new user name to recreate the profile and log back in with the Local Administrator account or another account with Admin rights .

STEP 7)
Open up the Users folder by clicking on the button then clicking on COMPUTER or by double-clicking on COMPUTER on the desktop . Double-click on Local Disk ( C: ) then double click on the USERS folder . You will notice that you have two of the same User Names . One with " . Old " or " - Old " and one without anything behind it .

STEP 8)
Double click on the UserName.old(-old) folder and copy the folders listed . An easier way to copy the folders is holding down the CTRL key as you click on the folders . Once the folders are all highlighted press CTRL ➕ C key to copy .
APPDATA
DESKTOP
DOWNLOADS ( if needed )
FAVORITES
MY DOCUMENTS
MY MUSIC
MY PICTURES
MY VIDEO
Note   Note
APPDATA folder is hidden . To unhide the folder click on Organize then click on " Folder and search options " . Or press down the left ALT key and click on Tools the choose " Folder Options " . Click on the VIEW tab , under Hidden files and folders click on ⚪ Show hidden files , folders , and drives .


STEP 9)
Open up another C: \Users folder window . Like you did on STEP 8 . Right-click on the UserName folder without the " .old or -old " at the end and choose Paste . Or click on the new created User Name and press CTRL ➕ V . If you get a pop-up window place a check on Do this for all current items( # found ) then click on the Yes button to continue .

STEP 10)
Delete the UserName.old(-old) inside C:\Users folder . Right -click on the folder and choose delete then click Yes that you want to delete the UserName.old( -old ) folder . Close all of the windows .

STEP 11)
Log off and log back on to the recreated UserName . Your files will be in the recreated UserName .


STEP 12)
Disable the built-in Administrator account . Under your new recreated profile open up an elevated command prompt . Click on type CMD inside the Search programs and files . Right click and choose Run as administrator . Inside command prompt type in

Code:
Net user administrator /active:no
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23 Mar 2013   #13
ellellell1

Windows 7 64-bit SP1 (VM)
 
 

With this step:

STEP 2)
Login with an Admin rights ( Local and Domain account ) click on the �� start button type CMD in the Search programs and files box .
Press CTRL ➕ SHIFT ➕ ENTER keys and press ALT ➕ Y to by pass the User Account Control window . Or right-click on CMD under Programs(1) in the Start menu and choose Run as Administrator . In the command prompt type in
" WMIC USER ACCOUNT GET NAME,SID " without quotes and press [ ENTER ] . Take note of the SID number that goes with the User Name you're recreating ( Will need this later inside the registry ) . Close the Command Prompt window by typing exit .

When I type in "WMIC USER ACCOUNT GET NAME,SID" without the quotations.
I get a message saying "User - Alias not found"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Mar 2013   #14
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

It's useraccount no spaces . Sorry typed that up on my iPad , which I am using now .
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23 Mar 2013   #15
ellellell1

Windows 7 64-bit SP1 (VM)
 
 

Can't Rename my User Account.
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23 Mar 2013   #16
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You can't rename it . While you re logged into it .

Enable the built in adminstrator .

Added:


Open elevated command prompt . Click on the start button type in CMD right click and choose Run as administrator

Type in
Code:
net user administrator /active:yes
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2013   #17
ellellell1

Windows 7 64-bit SP1 (VM)
 
 

Hey, just tried searching in search box again, come up with Programs, Control Panel, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Sample Music, Files. With no Icons

Do I still need to recreate my profile?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2013   #18
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Try this link out

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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24 Mar 2013   #19
ellellell1

Windows 7 64-bit SP1 (VM)
 
 

Hi VistaKing

I have basically decided to give up. I recreated my profile, but still no difference. The only difference is when I type in anything in the search bar in the start menu it comes up with Programs, Control Panel, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Sample Music, Files. With no Icons.

Thanks for trying to help me to get it to work, any further suggestions would be appreciated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2013   #20
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You could do a Windows Repair Install

Repair Install
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