Thursday, July 18, 2013

[Guide] Reset your Windows user profile to default settings

There was a problem with my native Administrator user account in Windows 7 x64 installation. I wanted to reset it but I didn't know how to do it. Usually you simply would migrate to a new account. But this is the native Administrator account, hence you cannot migrate it to another account. 
I thought it I deleted the account folder from the disk, it would be automatically recreated (with default settings) upon next log in. So I created a new user account with admin privileges and logged into it. From there, I deleted the C:\Users\Administrator folder.
Instead of loading it up with default account details, it created a temporary profile which would be deleted when I logged off. That's not what I signed up for! The following is the error message I received upon logging in.

Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile.
Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator.

But never fear. There is always a way. The following Knowledge Base article is written for Windows Vista, but it is applicable to Windows 7 as well. I bet it is applicable to Windows 8 too.
Go to the Resolution section towards the bottom that page. You’ll find the answer.

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