Recreating a corrupt Windows 7 profile isn’t as simple as some may think. There are a few simple steps you need to take to do so.
- Restart your PC to release the locks on your profiles.
- Log on with another administrative account.
- Rename or Delete the user’s profile folder (C:\Users\%username%\)
- Delete any Temp Profiles that may have been created during your first attempt at recreating the profile. (C:\Users\TEMP\).
- Delete or Rename the registry key matching your SID from
“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”. Check the value “ProfileImagePath” to make sure you pick your own profile. I like to add a ‘.bak’ to the key in the registry.
- Restart and now log in with the account you were trying to recreate.
This only addresses the local copy of the user’s profile. The one on the Server still exists. You’re not really recreating anything.
True. In my case we don’t use roaming profiles but I’ll add a line to remove the profile from the server too if the server side profile is corrupt.
@krazedant – Since the instructions are entitled “How to recreate a corrupt profile on Windows 7”, it would stand to reason that they would not address the profile on the server. You may want to look for instructions on “How to recreate a corrupt profile on Windows Server”. Many times I find that the local user profile is where the problem lies anyway.