How to Recreate a Corrupt Profile on Windows 7 / 8 /10

Recreating a windows profile used to be as easy as just renaming the old profile, then rebooting the PC and logging in again to create a fresh profile, but since windows 7 you have to delve into the registry and make a few changes other wise the user will get stuck with a tempory profile every time they login.

  1. Restart your PC to realises the locks on your profile
  2. Log on with another administrative account.
  3. Rename or Delete the users profile folder (C:\Users\%username%\)
  4. Delete any temp profiles that may have been created during your first attempt at recreating the profile (C:\Users\TEMP\).
  5. Delete or Rename the registry key matching your SID from… “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”.
    Check the value “ProfileImagePath” to make sure you pick your own profile. I like to add a ‘.bak’ to the key in the registry.
  6. Restart and now log in with the account you were trying to recreate.


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