Tip & How-To about HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile

This article describes how to copy user data from your Windows XP profile to a new profile.
When you copy user data into a new profile, the new profile becomes a near duplicate of the old profile, and contains the same preferences, appearance, and documents as the old profile. If your old profile is corrupted in some way, you can move the files and settings from the corrupt profile to a new profile.
Note The method that is described in this article may not transfer the Outlook Express e-mail messages and address user data that are associated with the user profile where you are transferring data from. When you delete the old profile, you may delete that data if it you do not first transfer it by using other methods. For more information about transferring Outlook Express user data, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
MORE INFORMATION
Create a New User Profile in Windows XP Professional
1. Log on as the Administrator or as a user with administrator credentials.
2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
3. Click User Accounts.
4. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Advanced.
5. In the left pane, click the Users folder.
6. On the Action menu, click New User.
7. Enter the appropriate user information, and then click Create.

Create a New User Profile in Windows XP Home Edition
1. Log on as the Administrator or as a user with administrator credentials.
2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
3. Click User Accounts.
4. Under Pick a task, click Create a new account.
5. Type a name for the user information, and then click Next.
6. Click an account type, and then click Create Account.

Copy Files to the New User Profile
1. Log on as a user other than the user whose profile you are copying files to or from.
2. In Windows Explorer, click Tools, click Folder Options, click the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
3. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\Old_Username folder, where C is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and Old_Username is the name of the profile you want to copy user data from.
4. Press and hold down the CTRL key while you click each file and subfolder in this folder, except the following files: • Ntuser.dat
• Ntuser.dat.log
• Ntuser.ini

5. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
6. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\New_Username folder, where C is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and New_Username is the name of the user profile that you created in the "Create a New User Profile" section.
7. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
8. Log off the computer, and then log on as the new user

Posted by on

HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

chrome will not open


Harvey,
You could try this:

-first, delete your current installation of Chrome,

-then, open Windows Explorer, and depending on your operating system, go to: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\
for Windows XP

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\
for Vista/ Windows 7/ Windows 8

-Go to the folder "Default" and rename this folder to "Backup Default".

-Now download and install Chrome again.

-Start it up. There should be a new folder "Default", created when you started using the browser.
If you value the data in your old profile: you can try copying them from the backup folder to the new profile, but some of it may be corrupted.
But at least your Bookmarks are not lost:
-go to the "Backup Default" folder, and -locate the "Bookmarks.bak" file. -copy it to the "Default" folder, and -rename it "Bookmarks". All the other old browser data is preserved in the "Backup default" folder, but transfering it to your "Default" folder may corrupt Chrome. Tread carefully, if at all..

Jan 23, 2014 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Toshiba satellite c660-2el administrator cannot log on, user profile service failed to log on, user profile cannot be loaded


Your profile is probably corrupted. You will need to log in another account that has administrative permissions and rename the "administrator" profile to "administrator.old". After doing that, try logging in again to the administrator profile and copying all the data from the old profile to the new one that was created. If you still get the same error or if there are no other users that have administrative privileges, you will need to do a repair installation (Windows XP) to fix this. If you are using Windows Vista or higher, you will have to install over your existing installation to preserve your data, or do a clean install (format) and start new. This is actually a common problem, so don't blame yourself.

Sep 05, 2013 | Acer Aspire 5735 Notebook

1 Answer

I have a dell latitude d610 lap top


Based on the build of a D610, I am assuming you're running Windows XP. I'm not sure your hardware can support Vista. That model was built before Vista was available.

That said, go to Start-Control Panel-User Accounts. Most likely a setting in there was changed, and my first thought is that it may have been after a Windows Update, in an effort to increase security.

See if the user you're trying to login with even shows on the list. If it does, click on it and change the password to <blank>.

If that user no longer shows then you will have to rebuild the profile for that user. I will caution you that if you have to rebuild the profile, you would want to make copies of the data attached to the old profile. You can do this from Windows Explorer. Start by making sure you can view all files. Then navigate to Local Disk C:-Documents and Settings, then to the folder for that username. Copy all of the folders and files to a safe place, like burn it to CD's or DVD's, or even to a flash drive. Do not save it to My Documents.

Sometimes the fastest way to rebuild the profile is to actually create a new one. Set it to administrator access. Then you can copy the contents of your old user's folders (but not the folders themselves) into the new user's folders.

Here's a recap:

Create a New User Profile in Windows XP

1. Log in as admin or an account with admin permissions.
2. Select the windows START button and click CONTROL PANEL
3. Click USER ACCOUNTS
4. Select CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. You may need to select pick a task first
5. Type in a new name for the account
6. Click create account and ensure it is an admin account.
Copy Files to the New User Profile

1. Log on as a user other than the user whose profile you are copying files to or from.
2. In Windows Explorer, click Tools, click Folder Options, click the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
3. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\Old_Username folder, where C is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and Old_Username is the name of the profile you want to copy user data from.
4. Press and hold down the CTRL key while you click each file and subfolder in this folder, except the following files: Ntuser.dat, Ntuser.dat.log, Ntuser.ini
5. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
6. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\New_Username folder, where C is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and New_Username is the name of the user profile that you created in the "Create a New User Profile" section.
7. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
8. Log off the computer, and then log on as the new user.

Jun 10, 2009 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?

1,892 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top HP Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18407 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Are you a HP Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...