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User profile path change to user profile path change to C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP :\Documents and Settings...

Q: User profile path change to user profile path change to C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP :\Documents and Settings...

I am laptop user. About 2hr ago, i login to my lappy and discover that my profile is different. My folders on desktop went missing and some of the setting changed. Then i try on my own to solve it but to no avail. Fortunately i come upon my C:\Documents and Settings and discover that strange profile C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP and my original profile C:\Documents and Settings\p0716499 was still there. This imply that my previous setting and files are still in my laptop. However, I cant changed back to the original profile and struck with the temp profile.
Initially i suspect is registry problem so i DL "UPHClean Service" by miscosoft but to no avail. Now currently i suspect it might be the work of a virus. I need help. Thank anyone who help me in advance.

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A: User profile path change to user profile path change to C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP :\Documents and Settings...

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A:Cannot access Store Change PC Settings User Accounts Profile not Loading

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A:temp user profile/ saved documents gone

Hello Sambeefy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Since you say you do not know much about computers, then you might try doing a System Restore at boot (Method Two) using a restore point dated before this error to try and fix it.

If that does not help, then you can try this tutorial if comfortable doing it.

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

Hope this helps,
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A:My Documents path name change

Hi, this link from Tech Republic might be what you want;tag=nl.e064
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A:Solved: Documents and Settings path has been renamed?

After referring to a very skilled friend I have found a solution. Apologies for the wasted thread.

(Looks like "RAVI" is the computer name...)
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A:Error after changing user profile path

Hi spajky welcome to SevenForums

Do you get this error message

C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.
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A:Access to the path 'C:\Documents and Settings' is denied - Win7-32 Bit

Documents and settings, in Windows 7, is relegated to a System file and is known, together with several other "legacy" folders, as a "junction" folder. It is there for backward compatibility purposes only.
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Have you scanned for viruses? Have you looked in the event log?
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A:Added User, original user / profile & settings disappeared

Hello and welcome to the TenForums

It might be worth finding out all the users that are associated with your PC. To do this open a command prompt (right click on the Start button) and then type in the following command wmic useraccount list full

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A:Lost settings, New user made in Documents and Settings

Hiya asd123321.

It sounds like you`ve re-installed the system from CD over the top of an existing system, giving you a fresh `Dave`. Have you recently run a repair or indeed, done a clean install ?

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A:Corrupted user profile... My Documents deleted...

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Can someone confirm if this is so? This would be totally insane. Microsoft should at least warn you that following these instructions completely deletes all documents. I mean, they warn you about the potential risks of modifying the registry but they fail to mention that a "side effect" is that all your stuff is evaporated?!

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A:setuping a default user profile with My Documents redirection

Never copy a profile! it always turns out bad. just create a new profile / user name. group policies from the server can not be over written at the workstation level. the network admin will have to create a new group policy specifically for your system. if you are the admin you need to read up on group policy.
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A:User Profile Issues results in possible loss of ALL documents, pics, etc.

Have you done a search on your puter for your documents and pictures? Maybe they got stored somewhere else?

Did you back up your Registry before "messing around" in it? The Registry is basically the brains of a puter. You shouldn't tinker with it unless you're absolutely positive that you know what you're doing. If you backed it up first, it should save right into C:/

Good luck, kconway!
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A:Internet Connection Error message in Windows Explorer: "Documents and Settings\My Profile"

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A:Documents and Settings\User


Firstly you can run chkdsk - hopefully that will sort out the strange file name:
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A:Default user profile settings

I'd like to figure this out as well. I have this tutorial I haven't been able to try yet.

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A:how to change user profile ?

dimashandoyo you want to change your Windows account Username?
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Google for "Take Ownership of Files". It's an easy fix.
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Hello and welcome,

Each one of those folders represents a user on that system. The amount of folders varies due to how many users and what software is using the computer. Windows XP and Vista don't show these accounts in the user accounts section of the control panel without editing the registry. I would leave the accounts on the system for now.
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A:Second User Folder in Documents and Settings

try creating a new user account and see if you can access that ok, and create a new document (anything will do). If you are ok accessing that, then migrate all your docs over to the new account. Hope the following will give you some idea: How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP

Can you post back and let me know if you are able to create and access a new user account.
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Take Ownership of the folders and files.
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A:User Folders in Documents and Settings

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Run Eset (online scanner) on both accounts Free ESET Online Antivirus Scanner
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Hello and welcome to TSF.

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See this KB to Take ownership of the files/folders you want to delete
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You'd have to make a new account. Then get on the admin account, change the new account to admin, then get on the new admin account and delete the 'valued customer.'
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Experience: so so, still learning (i like that)
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Hello znod,

I agree that it is best and safer to create a new account instead of trying to rename the old user profile folder.

The tutorial is just how to do it if one really wants to, but I do have the note at the top of the tutorial that would be best to create a new account instead.
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Run eventvwr.msc and look at both the System and Application logs for repeating errors.

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Hello Club,

You should be able to change your user profile folder's icon using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below through the Desktop Icon Settings dialog instead.

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Was able to log on in safe mode and follow the registry edit procedure. Thanks anyway