Solutions Through IT

October 14, 2013

Windows 7 and XP Profile Won’t Load. Profile status set to Backup

Filed under: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows XP — solutionsthroughit @ 10:22

I’ve had this issue twice in one day, and have seen it at least once before.  User profile will not load (Windows 7) or user profile appears to be blank/temp (Windows XP).

When I have checked the profile status (Advanced Computer settings, User Profiles) the profile is set to Backup (instead of local / roaming etc.).  In theory, you should simply have to reboot the computer and this will work.  If you’re reading this, then I’m guessing the first, second and seventeenth time you tried this, it didn’t work.

Standard Disclaimer: Backup your computer & data, don’t try this at home without professional supervision, Errors and Exceptions Omitted, I am not an astronaut, you do this at your OWN RISK.

The following steps are taken from KB 947215, which also has additional steps for recovery – see below in references, although these are recovery, and not repair as per the process below.  Read everything twice, before making changes, and screen capture / take notes of what you change so that you can change it back if you get it wrong.

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

  3. In the navigation pane, locate the folder that begins with S-1-5 (SID key) followed by a long number.
  4. Click each S-1-5 folder, locate the ProfileImagePath entry in the details pane, and then double-click to make sure that this is the user account profile that has the error.

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    • If you have two folders starting with S-1-5 followed by some long numbers and one of them ended with .bak, you have to rename the .bak folder. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Right-click the folder without .bak, and then click Rename. Type .ba, and then press ENTER.

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      2. Right-click the folder that is named .bak, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press ENTER.

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      3. Right-click the folder that is named .ba, and then click Rename. Change the .ba to .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press ENTER.

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    • If you have only one folder starting with S-1-5 that is followed by long numbers and ends with .bak. Right-click the folder, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press ENTER.
    • If you have two folders starting with S-1-5 followed by some long numbers and one of them ended with .bak, you have to rename the .bak folder. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Right-click the folder without .bak, and then click Rename. Type .ba, and then press ENTER.

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      2. Right-click the folder that is named .bak, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press ENTER.

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      3. Right-click the folder that is named .ba, and then click Rename. Change the .ba to .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press ENTER.

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    • If you have only one folder starting with S-1-5 that is followed by long numbers and ends with .bak. Right-click the folder, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press ENTER.
  5. Double-click the folder without .bak in the details pane, double-click RefCount, type 0, and then click OK.

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  6. Click the folder without .bak, in the details pane, double-click State, type 0, and then click OK.

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  7. Close Registry Editor.
  8. Restart the computer.
  9. Log on again with your account.

References:

The Micro IT Blog pointed me in the direction of the Microsoft KB article.

February 15, 2012

VPN Sharing between (your) computers

Filed under: Standing Desk, Windows 7 — solutionsthroughit @ 17:16

With the implementation of my standing desk I’ve had to setup a second computer (so that I can return to my laptop if I have to sit), so I’m having to setup all the connections, shortcuts, links etc. on the 2nd computer.  The BIG one that I had to manage was all the VPN connections I have to client sites.  So how do you en-mass move the connections, instead of setting them up, one at a time, when you’re rushing to get connected to assist with an issue?  You copy the VPN phone book!

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\ is the location for your private VPN connections, and C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\ for your shared connections.

Copy this from your old computer / backup to your new computer, and you’ve got VPN goodness.

NOTE: Passwords are NOT carried over, so this will only setup the connection details, not the accounts / passwords.

September 6, 2011

Desktop Hyper-V Monitoring Gadget

Filed under: Administration, Hyper-V, Windows 7 — solutionsthroughit @ 19:19

I had this gadget installed some time ago, but lost it after the last re-install.  It gives you a quick, at-a-glance status of how your Hyper-V servers are running.

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March 9, 2011

Shell Command Control of Windows Firewall

Filed under: Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 — Tags: , , , — solutionsthroughit @ 14:00

Add Ports to the Exception List:
netsh firewall add portopening TCP 1234 Port/ApplicationLabel
netsh firewall add portopening UDP 5678 Port/ApplicationLabel

Disable the Firewall:
netsh firewall set opmode disable

Enable the Firewall:
netsh firewall set opmode enable

Enable the Firewall and DO NOT Allow Port \ Program Exceptions:
netsh firewall set opmode enable disable

Enable Firewall and Allow Port \ Program Exceptions:
netsh firewall set opmode enable enable

Enable Firewall on Local Area Connection:
netsh firewall set opmode mode=ENABLE interface=”local area connection”

Disable Firewall on Local Area Connection:
netsh firewall set opmode mode=DISABLE interface=”local area connection”

Enable the Firewall on Wireless Network Connection:
netsh firewall set opmode mode=ENABLE interface=”wireless network connection”

Disable Firewall on Wireless Network Connection:
netsh firewall set opmode mode=DISABLE interface=”wireless network connection”

May 21, 2009

Put Windows Messenger back in the “system tray”

Filed under: Windows 7 — solutionsthroughit @ 00:46

A few blog forwards later, and I’ve seen Sean Daniel’s blog post to put the Windows Live Messenger icon back in the system tray.  Great for those that don’t need their IQ reduced by W7’s new taskbar (it’ll probably grow on me, but if you can’t tell, I don’t particularly like it at the moment.

Anyway, the in-a-nutshell is you use Application Compatibility (WinXP SP2) on the msnmsgr.exe application, and voila – back in the system tray.

Here’s the full link to Sean’s blog entry How to get Live Messenger back in the System Tray on Windows 7.

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