I am/have tried to create a new user account, specifically to take the place of a suspected corrupt user account (per MS
Moderator posts re Excel not responding repeatedly when copying). I have looked around the web, MS support sites, and read
posts all over a couple of forums and am trying to get things straight.
Below I describe the nature of my need,
but first can you confirm the following?:
A) a person should have at least two UA's on their computer, one
standard, to be used regularly, and an admin for admin purposes
B) in order to create a new UA and copy any part
of the old UA to the new one, one must create a third UA, as an admin, so you can use it to accomplish working with both
MS has a web page entitled "Fix a corrupted user profile" at Fix a corrupted user profile
While the document pertained to Vista, recent posts from users with W7 have received responses from MS moderators with
instructions to access this webpage to fix a corrupted UA. Also within W7's help, these same instructions come up. When I
followed the instructions, a number of issues came up and recently a MS Moderator told me not to do the following from the
instructions, despite previous posts to the contrary.
In essence, MS instructs you to copy the contents of
C:/Users/CorruptAcct to C:/Users/NewAcct, but to exclude all ntuser files from the copy.
Questions to Resolve
Problem and Finally Get Some Clarity!!
1) I can't know what part of the CorruptAcct is corrupt, so why would I copy anything over?
2) When you do follow
the copying instructions, not everything copies over, e.g. AppData. From my searches, this is to be expected. What other
parts of the CorruptAcct or just an OldAcct users' file should be expected to not copy over? And why?
does this (starting with a brand new or incompletely copied over UA) mean in terms of what will change about your computer
and what you will have to do to "rebuild" the computer the way you had it or on your other account? What kinds of things will
you have to re-download?
4) So isn't there, shouldn't there be a way to share desktop, start menu, taskbar, and
other applications between users if keeping both UAs (not deleting a corrupt UA). How do you do this? I know there is a
shared users folder, but am unsure re copying, from where, junctions, if they are even related to the
Doc&Settings/Users--Shared connection, and how to identify individual files to share, such as a setting or icon file.
5) What is the difference between a user account and a user profile? And is any difference related to creating new
accounts just so have another or to replace a corrupt account? Maybe related to copying apps, settings?
answers to these questions, I will be able to finish the task of no longer maintaining only one account on my computer,
having this account be an admin account, create a new account, designated as standard, to be used everyday, and have an admin
account, also newly created
I pretty much have the know-how to do whatever needs to be done, but I need to know if
any part of corrupted can be copied, and if so, how -- and -- how share rebuilt (assuming will have to) desktop, prior
computer configurations, etc. between the two new users I will have.
I really want to settle this issue! After
looking for so long for clarity, I want to know what I'm asking simply because now I both have to know! and I need some help
to put this to rest!
Any input would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
Sorry, haven't posted specs: HP Pavilion, W7 Home Premium, x64