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Windows 7 system setting will not "stick"

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I have a new Windows7 system. At setup, I did the personalization thing for the desktop, and setup specific programs, also. Each time I reboot the machine, it loses all of my settings and reverts back to the default desktop and all my program-specific settings are gone, e.g. Dreamweaver loses all of the sites I have set up in it. Help!
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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I helped a user out of a similar jam the other day ... unless you get a better/specific fix for your problem ... try running CHKDSK /R at the command prompt, let it reboot and run.  Then, run SFC /SCANNOW from the command prompt.  
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Do you get a message stating that you are logging into a temporary profile at all?  If you co to c:\users does it have your profilename.temp?
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by:trunnelli
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Interesting! i have three users set up and none of the profiles show up under explorer.

i will try running CHKDSK /R and then SFC /SCANNOW and see what that does. I really don't want to have to reinstall Windows, but I suppose that could be an option.
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If the users have logged in at least once, there should have been a folder created for each of them in C:\Users.  If they have not yet logged into that computer, then there will not have been a folder created for them yet.
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I have logged in as them multiple times, as well as under my own login. There are NO profiles! Check disk didn't help.
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chkdsk and sfc simply make sure the file system is sound and that basic windows files are present and working ... was the cause of a similar problem I had.
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by:dustock
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You coulld try to repair windows.  Its very odd that you have nothing under c:\users.  If you boot into safe mode and login as a user does it create their account under c:\users?  Are you on a domain?  If so can you drop off the domain and re-add it?  Are you typing the domain name correctly.  You could also try to type the machinename/username at the pompt just to verify that you are logging in locally.
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Ok, my bad. I was looking for documents and settings and the profile under that. Forgot about the Windows 7 changes. The profiles are there under users. But....again, no info. I even logged on and typed a document and saved it. When I logged off and back on, it is gone, along with all the other settings changes. My Office personalization and desktop personalization are gone as well as the sites I set up in Dreamweaver. What's the quickest bet, here, folks? Just get out the original system disk and do a repair or a reinstall?
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Did you try sfc /scannow?  If not, I think it would be worth the 10-15 minutes to run, as  I believe that was the actual fix for my similar issue (chkdsk is just usually wise to do before sfc).  If so, I might just reinstall ... if you're not already too invested in this installation.
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Well, something was certainly weird. Nothing suggested would change it. So, I just did an OS reinstall since it was basically a new machine. It  now works. Thanks Guys!
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by:trunnelli
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The bottom line was an update. Each time I installed the OS and then did updates, it came back. I have not yet discovered which update kills it, as with a new install you get 60+ updates all at once.
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