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W8.1 sometimes can't find my profile

  1. #1


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8

    W8.1 sometimes can't find my profile


    Sometimes when I boot Windows 8.1, I get a generic screen that tells me that my profile couldn't be accessed and I now have a temporary profile. I went to the event viewer and it also said that it couldn't find my profile. I am the only user and administrator. Is there a way to make a new user profile AND not loose my files and settings.

    Len

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Len,

    You might see if the tutorial below for this temporary profile error may be able to help.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ofile-fix.html
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    Hi lenberman,

    Hope all is well

    You can try the steps on this post:

    Windows 8 keeps signing me into a temporary profile.

    You could trying working through this tutorial:

    User Profile Service failed the sign-in - Fix in Windows 8



    Best way of keeping your data is to link it in to a Microsoft Account so you get a standard experience across a multiple devices.

    You can create a new user and copy across your data from the old accounts User profile.

    Cheers,
    Harry

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  4. #4


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8


    Can I just go to safe mode and make a new admin account with a slightly different name, then delete the current, corrupted account?
    Len
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Len,

    Sure you could if you like while signed in to an administrator account, and don't get the same error for the new account.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the quick answer, If I setup another user admin account and it has the same occational problem, then would it require a restore to factory?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    If it still happens, then you might see if you may be able to fix it using the method in the tutorial below first. If it doesn't help, then yeah might consider a factory restore.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ofile-fix.html
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  8. #8


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8


    I don't understand why I would need to go into the registry just to delete a user? Can't I just make a new admin user, copy over the data and be done with it. Am I missing something? It wouldn't be the first time
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    The method in the tutorial doesn't delete the actual user account. Instead it only deletes the user account's profile in the registry so that it will be automatically recreated since it was corrupted.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8


    thank you for your advice. I haven't worked in the registry too much, but if I screw it up I guess can do the factory restore anyway.
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