What should you do if your Windows profile is corrupt?

It can happen that your Windows profile gets corrupted. Here we explain how to solve the problem.

If you receive a message when logging in that your user profile may be corrupted. For example, a user profile can be corrupted if third-party antivirus software is scanning your computer while you're trying to log in, but there are other causes as well. Also read: Start programs in Admin mode by default.

When you get such a message, you can do two things. You can try to repair the profile, or you can create a new profile and transfer everything from the damaged profile to the new profile.

Note: The method below may result in data loss, so make sure to back up your files before proceeding.

Fix your damaged profile

Sometimes your profile will work normally again after you restart your computer.

If you are not that lucky, you will have to start your computer in safe mode by pressing F8 before the Windows logo is displayed, and on the screen Advanced Boot Options the option Safe mode to choose.

After the computer has booted into safe mode, in the search bar regedit typing and on Enter to press. The Registry Editor will then load, in which you go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList must navigate.

You can find out which user account the folders in the list relate to by clicking on them and double clicking ProfileImagePath.

When you have found the folder of the corrupt profile, double click on RefCount and the Value data on 0 to make. Then click OK. Double click on state, put the Value data on 0 if not and click OK.

You can now close the Registry Editor and restart your computer. There is a good chance that you can now log in to your user profile again.

Create a new profile

If you have more than one profile on your computer, you may be able to use a different profile to create a new user profile.

If you only have one profile, you can enable the hidden administrator account by clicking on the search bar cmd typing and right-click Command Prompt clicking and Run as administrator to select. In the Command Prompt, type the command net user administrator /active:yes and press Enter. When you restart your computer you will see an Administrator account.

Log in to this account and go to Control Panel >User Accounts and click User Accounts. click on Manage another account and enter the password if necessary. click on Add a new user in PC Settings and create a new account with a name different from that of the corrupted profile. You can change this name later. Then restart the computer.

Now it is time to copy the files from the corrupt profile to the new profile. Log in as Administrator and enter the Explorer nasty C:\Users and open the folder of the corrupt profile. Copy the contents of the folder Documents and anything else you want to keep to the corresponding folders in the new profile's folder.

You can now restart your computer and log in to the new profile.

Do not delete the corrupt profile until you are 100 percent sure that everything you want to keep has been copied to the folder of the new profile or has been backed up in some other way.

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