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Win 8.1 forgot all of my settings

  1. #1


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1

    Win 8.1 forgot all of my settings


    Hi
    I have Windows 8.1 with super admin rights. My problem happened so suddenly. When I turn on my pc, it stead of going all the way into Windows, my pc is stuck at an empty Metro Menu. I have Classic Shell installed. I tried to delete it but it didn't help.

    All of my settings are forgotten: icon size, folder settings, quick launch and even hotkeys and general settings in most of my Adobe programs. It also forgot with what applications to open certain file types.

    I tried setting up my folders and icons to "View Details" and apply the setting to all of my folders - but even that I can't do. It can't seem to remember anything. Every time I open My Pc, I have those huge clunky icons with the annoying browser window to the left with Skydrive...

    What might have happened and how can I solve it?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Aleque,

    Are you getting a "User Profile..." type error like below by chance? If not, then just ignore this part.
    You might see if you may be able to use the tutorials below to reset all folder views back to default and to set a default folder view for all folders.


    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Hi and thanks for your reply. Sorry it took me while before responding.

    I didn't have ".bak" at the end of my string in the first solution so I decided not to delete anything.
    I have ran the *.bat file in your second link.

    But besides that, the problem still persists. I get an empty metro menu on startup with "Start" written in the upper left corner and my user name "Administrator" in the upper right. When I open "My PC" or Desktop, the size of the icons is set to Tiles and every time I try to change it to a different view, it keeps forgetting it. However, the items INSIDE the C: drive CAN be changed and remembered (regarding the view settings)

    It seems to me that my computer gets some temporary user settings from a default folder (C:\Users). I have "Default" and "Default.migrated" folders within C:\Users

    Any suggestion is appreciated.
    Last edited by Aleque; 02 Feb 2014 at 06:49.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    As a test, create a new user account for yourself, and see if you have the same issue while signed in to it.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    I activated Guest account and it had no problem remembering view-settings of My PC and Desktop.

    EDIT: Another issue I forgot to mention. I have had assigned some keyboard-shortcuts for some of my folders on my Desktop and none of these have worked on my Admin account since this problem began.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you like, you might consider creating a new administrator account for you to use instead.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    How would you suggest doing it? I am not sure what step to do in what order.
    And do you think I could just take a backup of content in C:\Users\Administrator and copy-paste it back into the new Administrator folder, once it is created to (hopefully) restore my old settings?

    Thank you for your time
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Is you account a Microsoft account or local account?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1


    Local
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, your settings will not be carried over with a new local account. You'll need to set everything how you want again afterwards.

    You could create a new local administrator account.

    Sign in to it, copy anything (shortcuts, documents, etc..) that you wanted from the old account to the new account, and delete the old account when you have the new account checks out ok.
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