I download Window OS updates regularly and Friday the update seems to have created a new profile. I am trying to reconnect to all my old data and files and restore my internet connection. I would also like to keep this from happening again. This is the second time it has happened this year. Updates did not previously create a new profile.
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Please goto control panel, add remove programs, take one update at a time off until you get back your Internet and profile? Does this help? Goto www.microsoft.com to find tid that explains why this happens.
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are you able to save the changes to the profile ? if not then it is a registry issue. run a registry cleaner, try creating a new user profile and see if that works, check if the system services are working correctly.
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PRF extension - (Outlook Profile File) User profile referenced by Microsoft Outlook that contains user information and preferences; includes mail account settings, signatures, references to mail folders, and other settings; when Outlook imports a PRF file, the user profile settings are immediately updated.
PRF files can also be created using Microsoft's Office Resource Kit; the files can then be deployed to multiple systems using the Custom Installation Wizard (CIW) or other maintenance wizard included with the Office Resource Kit.
You have to install microsoft outlook on Vista to be able to read the file.
First, access the "Windows Update" service and stop it at "Start-Run-type
'services.msc'.. Next, create a new directory
"C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.old", then move the contents of
"C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution" into that folder (cut & paste), and
then trying "Windows update" again. Running Windows Update should create new,
uncorrupted contents for the directory.
(Sometimes it's easier to rename
the "SoftwareDistribution" folder to "SoftwareDistribution.old", then create a
new one with the same name in the same C:\Windows location.)
I have never heard of this til now. It might be a stuck package? You can try booting into recovery mode by hitting the esc key at boot time and selecting the top line that ends in "recovery mode" then af the next menu select "fix broken packages". Did you have Firefox 2 and 3 installed or just one of them? Is Firefox running in gnome system monitor after you start it and maybe just not showing the window? The only other thing I can think of to try would be to make a new user and log into that user and try it.
The user profile seems to have corrupted. The account that you log into is corrupt now may be due to incompatencies or incompatibility or may be a virus or a spyware. Alternatively, you can try logging to safe mode window. As you start the computer keep tapping the F8 key on your keyboard at the sametime. You would reach a screen to choose from different boot options. Select safe mode(you would have to use the arrow keys in your keyboard). Log in with the usual username and password. If it logs in, you might see a black window with large icons. Don't worry. Go go start, control panel, user accounts, and create a new account. So you can use the new account. Restart the computer and login to the new user account. You should be good. Make sure the account you create should be an administrator. Later if you want you can delete the user account that you have been using before. You can delete it from safe mode again by going to control panel, user accounts.