Is there a quick way to fix my user profile?


My Windows 8 local profile was recently corrupted.  Created a temporary profile and moved all my data to it.  Then I deleted and re-created my original user profile and moved all the data to it.

Two things I think I did incorrectly:
*I didn't delete the original folder in C:\Users
*Since I have so many files, I used Robocopy, which I think overwrote and copied over some older user profile files I don't want.

Is there a quick way to reset my current user account back to defaults?  One of the bugs I notice is that Windows sometimes confuses where my Users directory is located...which isn't that big a deal, but I would like to do something about it if feasible.

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btdownloads7Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You really should recreate the profile from scratch by doing the following:

1. Create another temp profile and move all your data there

2. Delete the corrupt profile from the User Accounts control panel

3. Delete all the folders under c:\users that belong to either the corrupt profile or any of the old profiles that you messed with. You might have to restart the computer if it tells you the files are in use.

4. Log in as the temp user and create your user profile again.

5. Move all the data back to that user profile.

6. Delete the temp profile
You could restore your PC to a few days ago and start over (i.e., creating a new profile, etc.)
epichero22Author Commented:
Ehh it was quite a while ago when I did this.
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epichero22Author Commented:
Yeah but I was hoping there's a quicker way of doing that.  I don't know if there are certain files I could delete and have windows recreate, or double-check a few registry keys.
No, that's the only way to do it.

Also, make sure that the "new" account that you create has the exact same username as the original corrupted account. That way, if any programs saved a hardwired path to a specific file/folder in that profile (like c:\users\myusername\appdata\...), when the "new" account is created, it will had the exact same path.
epichero22Author Commented:
OK thanks.
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