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

04 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Obviously not very good at this This is what I did:
Tried to move the whole Uses folder/profile from the default location, on C drive (my new SSD), but could not see how to do that, so restored the data (existing user profiles with libraries) to D drive, which ended up with a location address of D:\C\Users, then to test it out, created my profile as usual on C drive with exactly the same name and password as previously used. The location was C:\Users\Steve. I logged of the new 'steve' profile and logged back in as Admin and through regedit, changed the path of my new profile to D:\C\Users\Steve.

Unfortunately when I log on the my profile again and try to view my files and folders, nothing is there from the back-up and I get a message that my profile is TEMP and all items created while logged on will be deleted as soon as I log off.

Where have I gone wrong??

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05 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Ok, I decided to start again and cleaned the HDD (D drive) and did a clean install of Windows 7 onto the SSD (C drive), only this time I followed the tutorial by Kari on how to relocate Users etc during Win 7 install.

Fantastic tutorial, Kari, thanks. I now have the Users on D drive, although at present only my new Admin profile as well as Public etc are active. Now to try to get the backed up files and folders of the original users to work.

What is the best way? Do I create the new user profiles first, then simply restore from the backup location to an empty space on D, open individual profiles and copy across each folder to the correct new user profile, before deleting the restored folder?

Thanks in advance
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09 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pjhutch View Post
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.
How do I do this?
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10 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

To create the actual accounts, go to Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety, Add or remove user accounts then click on Create a new account. Once an account is create it will appear on the Login screen. When you login to these accounts, it will create a new profile. The default location is C:\Users.

To change the default User Profile location e.g. D:\Users, see this article:
How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7 | Windows7hacker
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10 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Thanks, however the bit I am not sure about is granting the new profile full rights over the restored one.

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 User Profiles restored from backup do not appear on welcome screen

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