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Win 8.1 forgot all of my settings

  1. #11


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for the suggestion. I will try it out and report back with the results.

    But what do you think could have happened that caused this problem in the first place?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

    It could have been caused by a number of reasons.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Weird. I can't even enter PC-Settings (Win+I). Nor can I add a new user in User Account Settings in Control Panel. Maybe my PC is infected...

    EDIT: All of these problems are gone after I made a third account from my Guest account
    Last edited by Aleque; 08 Feb 2014 at 08:44.
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  4. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You might consider doing a factory reset.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    I just found out that I can't search for files either. Whenever I type something in the upper right corner, nothing happens. (EDIT: This only happens on my current Admin account)

    Are you sure there isn't another way? It took me lots of time to adjust my PC so that new annoying features of Windows 8 were somewhat bearable.
    Last edited by Aleque; 08 Feb 2014 at 08:45.
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  6. #16


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    64-bit Windows 10


    With that many issues, I don't see any other option.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Do you have any advice for preventing this problem from happening again?

    Windows 8 seems even worse than Vista was. Not enough that they removed all the good and useful features that have been in nearly every Windows version (like full color and font customization and Start Menu) but they also added tons of useless features instead like Metro Menu. I guess it is a normal part of greed: try to be good at everything instead of focusing one narrow area and excel in that.
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  8. #18


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It was most likely caused by some action or program you installed.

    I would recommend to create a restore point before doing anything that affects the system to be able undo it if it causes any of these issues again.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    I am still trying to fix this issue instead of just doing a clean format, which is too easy imo. I am very interested in finding out what caused this problem and whether I can fix it without reformatting.

    Look at a weird thing I found: I tried figuring out why my Cubase settings were gone. It turns out that Cubase is currently looking for my saved Shortcuts and Setting profile in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\Cubase 5\Presets

    Before the issue began, it was looking for the same files in C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase 5\Presets

    I suspect that something has suddenly broken the link between Windows and the User settings location from which Windows has had its all settings, including the settings for Cubase, which might also explain why I can't change my View settings for My PC and Desktop whereas there is no problem in changing the very same settings for, say, c:/
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  10. #20


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    I have been fiddling further with this issue. The secondary Guest account, that I had all this time, didn't have the same problems as my main Administrator account. However, I haven't been able to enter PC-Settings (Win+I menu) from it, because the button wasn't even there. So I decided to create a new Test account (from my Guest account because my Admin account for some reason can't create new users) and it turns out that this Test-account had no problems at all. All the aforementioned problems weren't there at all.

    I have a few questions.

    Is it possible for me to transfer all of the super-admin rights to this new ("test") account, transfer all of my old admin settings to this new account and delete my previous administrator account, which appears to be broken, without losing any current data (application settings & hotkeys, file associations, Windows color themes, and other custom made changes)?

    Is it sufficient to transfer the entire content of C:\Users\Administrator to the new account for it to take a new role of my new main admin account?
    And how does that work exactly - if I give super-admin-rights to my new account, will it automatically derive all of its settings from C:\Users\Administrator ?

    And is it even smart to give full admin rights to my new main account ( net user administrator /active:yes )? The reason I ask is because that is what I did before, and now I have all these issues, that probably were caused by that.

    Sorry too many questions in one reply. I am very eager to find a solution for this, rather than doing a clean format.
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