Confession - I broke my computer with REGEDIT

Posted on 2014-09-02
Last Modified: 2014-09-07
Hi All,
I broke the registry on my computer when trying to tweak it.  Let me explain what happened.  I have a SDD, however my User Folder – called it User1 was on another 2 TB drive.  
I found that my computer was slowing up… and found that it was reading the data from AppData in the 2TB drive…  So I thought it was wise to move that folder to the SSD (C Drive).  And in doing so I edited the registry and it appears that it was not successful.

I now have
And things are not working well… for example IE is extremely slow.  The Windows Installer is not working etc. etc.
So… How is it best to fix this mistake?
I have created another username and it seems to be ok?  If I transfer from User1 to User2 will that fix all the problems?

P.S Yes.. I know I am stupid 
Question by:amacfarl
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    I have created another username and it seems to be ok?

    It appears the registry damage is restricted to a user profile, so, yes, if the new user profile is working well, then keep it. Recover data you need from the old profile and when done, delete it.

    You can get data from the old profile two ways:

    1. Take ownership of the old profile and get data from it.

    2. Log in to the old profile and copy data to c;\temp. Permit c:\temp to "Everyone" and then log into the new profile and recover the data.
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    by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
    First of all, try doing a system restore to a previous state, sometimes works.

    You can use Windows Easy transfer in case system restore fails:
    First, create a secondary account, make a backup of your "faulty" account", then delete faulty and recreate again. Last step is import your profile.
    But this may causes imported profile fails, because you are backing up a damaged profile, after importing profile test it and in case not working correctly, can save your documents and another stuff and delete/recreate account and get your data back.
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    Expert Comment

    Usually this can be easily reversed. Move folders back, then proceed with a System Restore from before you did the regedit changes.
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    by:John Hurst
    Moving data only to c:\temp will avoid transferring a damaged profile. That is how I do it to avoid issues.
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    It is only a profile issue of your user1 . If you wish to use the user2 account it will be fine . Once you have all your data from the user1 profile you can keep using the user2 account .

    you can try registry fix like

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    Author Comment

    Thanks for all your support.  It seems to be that the solution is to move to the new user.

    Before I go do this, host all the data in my F drive and the App Data Folder in the C drive.  What I was trying when I broke it :-).  Any guidance on that would be useful.

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    by:John Hurst
    I do not trust Easy Transfer because it can fail on a good profile. Do not use it on a damaged profile.

    Log in as the old user. You said it worked but was slow. Copy all the data you need to a common place from AppData. I think you can copy it to your F: drive. Be sure all users can get data from F: drive.

    Now log in as new user and recover your data. Set it up and all should be well.

    When done, delete the old (damaged) profile and delete any superfluous data on F: drive unless you want it for backup.
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    by:John Hurst
    @amacfarl  - Please let us know how you make out with a new profile and recovering your data.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Apologies for the delay.  Waited until the weekend to do this incase I screwed it up again.

    It worked.

    Thanks!!!!  I am back online!
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    by:John Hurst
    @amacfarl  - Thanks for the update and I am glad you got your machine fixed and running.

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