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Windows 7: How to I change my User-Profile ?

17 Mar 2016   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
How to I change my User-Profile ?

When shutting my desktop, Windows-7 automatically downloaded its latest update, asking me not to power off my PC.
The next day I started my PC and a window appeared asking me to either create-a-new-profile or select an existing profile.
Not knowing which profile I've been happily using, I chose "Default" profile.
Windows started but...
  • I lost all my bookmarks
  • Some of my cookies were erased so I had to enter my user-id and password at sites I visit daily.
  • On the right-portion where I enter URL's of sites I visit; there used-to-be a "search" field, it's gone.
How can I go back to where I can select the user-profile; before Windows did its latest update ??
It's definitely not the one I erroneously chose (default)

Thank You

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18 Mar 2016   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

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18 Mar 2016   #3

Windows 7 64 bit


Thanks for your response but... mine is a different issue.
I am NOT signing into a "temporary" profile.
I'm signing on with a profile that is not the one I've been using.
The profile assigned (by me in error) is the "default" profile.

I did some research and tried one that recommend doing a "System Restore".
Well... I got the "Search" feature back on the URL "bar" but lost more items I had.
Under the "URL" horizontal bar, I used-to-have a "Bookmark Bar" with links to sites I use daily and now that "bar" is gone !!!
I was able to create a new but blank "Bookmark" Bar

My bookmarks are still missing too.

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18 Mar 2016   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Can you see your regular profile under C:\Users\ ?
Try logging off and relog with that one? :)
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18 Mar 2016   #5

Windows 7 64 bit


I don't understand you question but....

I see myself "Dougs" as follows:
  • C:\Users\Dougs
Is that what you meant ?
I don't see a "profile".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2016   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yup, try log off and log back in as Doug. You know the password if you have one, right?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2016   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

Yes... I know the password.

I've been logging off and on for the past two days.
Always with same bad results (wrong profile loads).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2016   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Perhaps just try to create a new profile and copy whatever from correct profile. Can you see your files within C:\Users\Doug?
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18 Mar 2016   #9

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

can you open regedit
and work your way to this screen

current version

the s 1 5 21 xxxxxx's 1000 = me (roy = doug) this is the standard user profile
( which is what most people use and yours was)

s 1 5 21 xxxxxx 1002 = update is system generated

if there is another it will have been set up by you ( ie default)
highlight it and if the regexpand sz is c users default thats the culprit

screen shot it please and we'll go from there.


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18 Mar 2016   #10

Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks for popping in Roy !

As is obviously to all, I'm a newbie with this stuff.
I've never worked with Regedit but.. will try to do as you advised.
I also have to learn about "screen shot" and pasting it into this thread.

Please bear with me.
Will need to continue tomorrow as it's dinner time here in California
and we're meeting friends at a restaurant.

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