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Deleting Old user profiles vbs script problem

Q: Deleting Old user profiles vbs script problem

Below is what I have thus far. It only works on ususally the first folder but not the others. I get no errors and I used "if fso.folderexists" to not error out on folder already removed. Thought it might have been a time thing since some of them have numberous temporary internet files so added wscript.sleep 60000(took it back out)between each folder deletion but made no difference.
Any and all help would be appreciated

Dim FSO, Folder
set FSO=CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Folder="C:\Documents and Settings\abaxter"
if fso.folderexists(folder) then
FSO.DeleteFolder(Folder), True

Folder="C:\Documents and Settings\abrown"
if fso.folderexists(folder) then
FSO.DeleteFolder(Folder), True

Folder="C:\Documents and Settings\bbareither"
if fso.folderexists(folder) then
FSO.DeleteFolder(Folder), True

Folder="C:\Documents and Settings\chorn"
if fso.folderexists(folder) then
FSO.DeleteFolder(Folder), True

Folder="C:\Documents and Settings\dmonk"
if fso.folderexists(folder) then
FSO.DeleteFolder(Folder), True

Folder="C:\Documents and Settings\abrown"
if fso.folderexists(folder) then
FSO.DeleteFolder(Folder), True

end if
end if
end if
end if
end if
end if

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I have been deleting profiles using the method documented here for over the last 4 years: kb156826
This has never been an issue, as it was an effective way to remove corrupted local profiles. Recently I've noticed changes in the environment where deleting the profile by going to:
To remove all profiles, remove the ProfileList key.
 and going toMy Computer or Windows Explorer to remove the appropriate
Windows\Profiles\<var class="sbody-var">User name</var> folders.

To remove all profiles, remove the Windows\Profiles folder.
Is now causing an issue where end users are not able to access the registry, enabling screensaver configurations and defaulting the MSN homepage. These settings are usually locked down and greyed out by group policy and the home page is usually
our intranet page.
I've found the only way to fix this is to remove the profiles via the System properties method by right clicking on My Computer > Properties > User Profiles > and deleting the corrupted user profiles one by one.
Only this time consuming method appears to let user profiles refresh correctly and reapplies the group policies correctly by locking down components.

My question is, what is the difference between deleting profiles via the 'System Properties' windows as opposed to the 'Registry profile list and C:\users' method?

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Hello All!

I am a computer application's teacher at a small junior high school. I deal mainly with programs, so my networking and hardware knowledge is VERY limited.

I create a user profile in the active directory for every student that I will have in class. They have a specific username and password that allows them access to their own folder on the lab server.

My students use 2003 Gateways with the XP operating system. Recently we have added a virus protection program to all computers that is uses up a lot of the free memory the computers had. The technology coordinator for our school recommended I free up some memory, but didn't give me any good ideas how to start . I deleted all unused programs, etc. but they are still really slow.

I delete my student's accounts from the active directory every year, but I didn't realize that their profiles are stored on the computer itself. So I have about 4 years worth of student profiles stored on every computer. Plus, it seems to create profiles at random. Obviously there are profiles from students who used the computer, but there are also profiles from students that I know never even set foot in my class .

My question: What is the most effective (and fastest) way to go about deleting these profiles?

Currently I am right clicking on Start and navigating to the user folders that way. I highlight about 10 at a time and delete them. This takes FOREVER and sometimes I get a message that says another computer is... Read more

A:Deleting User Profiles?

Did you ever find out the answer for this? I'm in a similar situation. I came into a small office with about 12 computers and have taken over most of the desktop support. At one time or another, all the computers have changed hands and each has a user folder for every employee. I wouldn't care, but the doc & settings folder on most PC's are 14-25gb. Most was in the my documents folder, so that content was deleted, though each account still has .75-2gb throughout misc. folders.

My question is if I can just delete these old user folders or if I need to keep them?

I've read in other posts here that if the a specific user installed a program (lets say MS word since all users will use it), then it's settings are tied to that specific users account and deleting it will cause word to have problems.

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Hi all,

What's the correct script to delete all temporary files from ALL user profiles inside C:\Documents and Settings or C:\Users ??

This is what I used and tested but it only delete the temp files from the current profile, not all profiles:

PHP Code:

@echo off

echo Disk cleanupThis will delete all temporary files stored in all profiles' directories and subdirectories.


rd /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temp"
rd /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files"

rd /s /q "C:\Windows\Temp"

cleanmgr /sagerun:99


Your help will be highly appreciated...


A:Script to delete all temp files from all user profiles

I searched for scripts from the web. How about this? What do you think?

PHP Code:

@echo off

=C:\Documents and Settings
=Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
=Local Settings\History
=Local Settings\Temp

echo Read more

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I?m a new user of Windows 7, just turned it on for the first time a few days ago, but I?m pretty familiar with the setup since I?ve used Vista for over a year now. This Windows 7 machine that I just turned on a few days ago is a new work machine for another employee here at my place of work. I?ve gone ahead and already added it to our domain, and I?ve signed onto it using multiple user accounts that were created in our Active Directory. My question is, how can I go about deleting those Domain User Accounts, Profiles, and Files off of this Windows 7 computer? I?ve already made the mistake of deleting the user folder in the C:\Users folder, just to find out that if I deleted a user and tried to sign back on as that user (thinking it would create a new profile folder in C:\Users), it created a temporary profile.

In the past when using XP all I would normally have to do is delete the user profile folder in C:\Documents and Settings and I was able to sign back in as that user and have a new profile created.

I hope this makes sense!


A:Deleting Domain User Accounts, Profiles, and Files

Come on, there has to be an answer to this, or does it simply not make sense!?!

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It has been my practice with prior versions of Windows OS's to set up multiple printer profiles, one for drafts, one for color, etc. "The Devices and Printers" section allows me to create such profiles, but does not show them individually. When I delete them in Windows, they are not deleted in the browser and WordPerfect. Advice would be welcome.

A:Multiple Printer Profiles; Deleting Unneeded Profiles

Welcome to Seven Forums

Following guide is from Microsoft:


To associate multiple color profiles to one device

Open Color Management by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type color management, and then click Color Management.
Click the Devices tab.
From the Device list, select the color device that you want to associate with one or more color profiles.
Select the Use my settings for this device check box, and then click Add.
In the Associate Color Profile dialog box, do one or both of the following:
If you want to use a color profile that’s already installed on your computer, click the color profile in the list, and then click OK.
If you want to use a custom color profile that isn’t installed on your computer, click Browse, locate the custom color profile that you want to use, and then click Add.
The selected color profile (or profiles) is now associated with the device and can be used by programs that use Windows Color Management to describe the color characteristics of that device. To use the newly associated color profile as the default color profile for the selected device, click Set as Default Profile.

Click Close.


Your picture or graphics editing program ... Read more

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I have no idea what is up! I have no access to user profiles, search doe not work. Cannot access hardware settings. I have no viruses or infections. I don't know where to start! I get crackling from my speakers. What is going on? My desktop is possessed!

Dell Dimension Desktop 4700
Windows XP Media
Please someone rescue me.

A:Solved: No access to user profiles, hardware profiles, search.. something is really wrong!

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Every time I make a new User and log in it loads up with a black screen and the task bar and says that the system as loaded the default profile. This even happens if I log on as the system admin. My original profile loads fine but nothing else. I think It may be because the folder that holds all the basic information to make a new user profile has been deleted from my Users folder. Is there anyway of fixing this? Prohapps a place where I can download and replace that folder? I am using windows 7 ultimate 64bit. System restore has already been tried but the folder was deleted too far back to recover by that method.

Thank you for your time.

A:Problem with new user profiles

Try this first
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If errors are found run 3 times

If that does not work
Report back and we will try a repair install.

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I have 2 seperate users on my computer (Myself and my wife) and I noticed that when I install a game, it puts a shortcut on both Desktops.

The problem comes in when I delete the game shortcut from one desktop (My wifes) it deletes it from both.

My wife does not play games and would rather not have the shortcuts on her Desktop.

How does one manage Desktop shortcuts so that they can just be in one profile and not the other?

A:User Profiles and the Desktop Problem

Hello Scorpiuscat,

Some programs will have the option during installation to allow all users or just your account access to the program.

If the shortcut is placed in the hidden C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder, then it will show up on all user account's desktop.

You can place the shortcut in the C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop folder for any individual user account that you want the shortcut in though.

Hope this helps,

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I tried searching for a solution to my problem, but whenever I search for it, I end up with the wrong problem.

turns out, when you search for "user profile service", you end up with a bunch of results of peoples profile not being loaded. Well, I do have that exact problem, but actually my version of this problem is a bit more severe than the ones I've read.

Normally, people seem to have a corrupt profile, and can sometimes be fixed by a variety of ways (i.e - system restore, registry edit of profile files etc).

My problem, however, involved the actual services in Services.msc. When I load vista (which was working fine last night and this morning), the first thing i notice, is that it's going a little slower than usual, then i notice there is no log on sounds. when it loads the desktop, I see it's taken me to the domain administrator account, or some form of temporary account. It tells me there is no sound service first, and then goes on to tell me there is also no internet connection, and lastly tells me, it cannot load limited profiles because the "User Profiles Service" Service has not started.

Naturally, I go into services.msc and try to start it up. Yet another error tells me that the service cannot start due the file being missing. I locate the file fairly swiftly and see for myself that the file is NOT missing and is where it always was (system 32).

The last thing I also noticed, is that when i go to task manager, I see that th... Read more

A:User Profiles SERVICE problem

Try posting a hijack log in the hijack log section.

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Okay so I've got a challenging problem. I didn't know where I could find help and then I remembered the forum here and signed up...

So a long time ago (I barely remember how except I went to the registry) I moved my User folder from my SSD Drive C:\User\Username to my hardrive under just B:\username (which might have been my first mistake).

That was working just fine until I tried to install one program. It drove me crazy why it kept saying it didn't have permissions. I realized the program had trouble being installed in non-default admin user profiles. So I said, fine. I really need this. I'll put my userfolder back in my C:/drive and just change the locations of all the folders in there to my B drive.

I edited the registry like several guides said (I must have used one of them the first time). Nothing worked. At one point I almost left myself without a user profile, but I managed to restore it. I'm back where I started but I noticed several things:

- I messed up my permissions and read me stuff for my User folder (some programs say they can't create stuff there). Is there a way to reset those? My restore points don't go back enough.

- If I create a new user profile, it doesn't exist. When I log on it logs me onto a temporary one and there is no sign it was ever created (in the Computer or the Advanced User Profile Settings). I tried editing the registry (the one that sets where new user profiles are created), but it didn't work so I put it back.

- I'm missing my Defa... Read more

A:Problem with User Profiles (Creating, Moving)

If you can't create a new account then you bollixed your registry beyond repair. Why would you make such reckless changes without having a backup image to fall back upon?

Why try to sort out such a hopeless mess when you are at the top site on the web to get a perfect Clean Reinstall?

In the future copy your active User folders to the data drive to link them back using Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums keeping empty C User folder in the library to monitor it and setting data drive as Default Save Location.

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So we are unable to display and manage domain user profile when we are logged in as anything other than the default administrator (domain\administrator).  I'm talking about this particular dialog window:

The screenshot above was taken when domain\administrator was logged in.  Everything is shown on the list and manageable (can change type, delete).
With anybody else logged in, the dialog showing only his/herself, even though they are member of the Domain Admins group:

This user logged in on this scenario is a member of the "Domain Admins" group.  I have also tried adding this same user (admin_domain) to the local computer's administrator group, and that didn't help.
We would like to have service personnel (no access to the default administrator) manage the user profiles if possible.

Thanks for your help

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Hi all,

We are having a real issue with local profiles / user profile service on our domain.
Our staff accounts are using local profiles. When a staff member changes their password something is happening to their profiles on the machines that their local profile is stored. When they try to login the machine is getting stuck at "Please wait for
the user profile service....". It never continues, we have left for 30 mins or more and it doesn't continue.

We are currently having to use delprof2 to remove their profiles from ALL machines they have previously logged into which is a lot of hassle. 

We first noticed this issue when we upgraded our workstations from windows 7 to windows 8. 
I was hoping that upgrading to windows 8.1 would fix the issue but sadly it doesn't. This is causing us major hassle on our domain.

It only affects people with local profiles... our students use mandatory profiles and they are not affected.

Our DCs are 2012 R2. 

I have trawled google but cannot find any information on this. At our yearly microsoft meeting i asked our regional account manager and he couldn't believe the issue. He had never heard anything like this before.

From the event log, the only thing i can see is that it is not finishing the load of the user profile. 
Under user profile service events it shows this:

Event 1: Recieved user logon notification on session 2.
Event 2: Registry file C:\Users\USERNAME\ntuser.dat is loaded at ... Read more

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I am unable to delete a user account on my other computer. It is a limited account (have tried to change it to an administrator account, but still can not delete it). It just says "not responding". Have restored the computer to an earlier date, but this has not helped. Ran adaware and spybot. Computer is clean. Win XP (home) SP2, 2.66 GHz, 256 MB RAM, zona alarm, avg 7.0.

Many thanks for your help.

A:Problem deleting user account in Win XP


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I have acquired a script from the internet which deletes all the locally cached profiles on a computer if they are not on the specified list of exceptions.

By default, I think it does something like this:

Gets all the folders in the 'Users' directory > Goes through the list of exceptions > Deletes all the folders which aren't on the list of exceptions > If a folder can't be deleted, it leaves it behind and goes onto the next one. (This means it doesn't hang).

This is ok, but a lot of the time, profiles with incorrect owners are present. In this case, the script won't be able to delete the profile, will move onto the next one, leaving it behind. I need all the folders which are non-exempt to be deleted.

I need it to do the following:

Get all the folders in the 'Users' directory > Go through the list of exceptions > Change the owner of all folders which are non-exempt > Delete all folders which are non-exempt (which it should be able to do at this point) > In case of some unknown error, go onto the next one (for the sake of it not hanging).

I have had a go at this myself, but I haven't quite got it. Note: I may need to set the permissions as well, but if I can get it to set the owner, I can simply add the permissions bit as a switch on the subinacl command.

I have attached the script. Please let me know if you need any more information and thanks for any help with this.


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There are three Windows XP profiles on our computer, and I think that it would be more organized and easier to protect from viruses if I brought it down to one. The problem is, when I try to delet the others, it freezes up and stops responding.

A:Deleting Profiles on Windows XP

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Hi! Everyone i am a Newbie to Windows 7 and jus wanted to ask this query

I ve to LAN connections on my motherboard , i installed the drivers for my LAN cards and feed the IP addresses Respectively for the two networks wh i use , at tht time i put two networks in the public group , [Network 1 and Network 2] respectively

Then when i again changed my Ip address settings it again asked to wh group u want to put the network in i selected Home , then it changed my network no. it showed the 1st LAN Network as Network 3 and the other one as Network 4 , now my question is how to delete the Two Pre-existing networks wh were formed when i had first assigned the IP address to the two LAN Networks ?? Is their any option to delete them

Please Help

Thanks in Advance

A:Deleting Network Profiles

Hey got the issue Fixed

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Can you help me?
I tried to copy a profile to another folder by vbscript, but folder Documents not copy complete. Why?
I now this forum not write or speak language vbscript but i search google, etc..etc and not have solution for this problem.

My code Vbscript.vbs


dim wshell, strusername, filesys
Const OverwriteExisting = TRUE
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set WshEnv = WshShell.Environment("SYSTEM")
Set filesys = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
StrUsername = wshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%username%")
msgbox strUsername
Call BackupC
Sub BackupC
If filesys.FolderExists ("C:\Dados\" & StrUsername & ".$$$") Then
If msgbox ("There is already a folder called C:\Dados\" & StrUsername & ".$$$" & ". Do you want to proceed?",4, "Image Customization") = 7 Then
Exit Sub
filesys.DeleteFolder "C:\Dados\" & StrUsername & ".$$$", TRUE
filesys.CreateFolder ("C:\Dados\" & StrUsername & ".$$$")
End If
filesys.CreateFolder ("C:\Dados\" & StrUsername & ".$$$")
End If

If filesys.FolderExists ("C:\Users\" & StrUsername) Then
'**** DESKTOP ****
If filesys.FolderExists ("C:\Users\" & StrUsername & "\Desktop") Then
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A:Copy User Profile with VBS Script problem

Hi, rgaspar, and welcome to the forums.

It is possible you have system files in the documents folder that are not allowing a full copy to process - have you verified that you can manually copy the folder?

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Windows 7 professional 64bit OS

Dell Vostro 230 4Gb of memory

While troubleshooting an issue with Firefox I gave up and decided to remove the Windows user profile and recreate it. After deleting it the user profile and then attempting to log back in I noticed that the account was set up as "TEMP". Any documents or changes saved to the account/profile were lost upon reboot. I added the account manually via User management and re-logged in to no avail. Any ideas on how to get Windows 7 to create the user profile so as not to be a temp account?

So I have tried these steps and this did not work either.

This problem occurs if the current user's profile was accidentally deleted from the system.
Note: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry
1. Log on to the system by using an administrative user account other than the user account that is experiencing the problem.
2. Back up all data in the current user's profile folder if the profile folder still exists, and then delete the profile folder. By default, the profile resides in the following location:
3. Click Start, typ... Read more

A:Deleting and creating user profile problem

Hello Cerveza,

You might see if this may be able to help.

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile - Vista Forums

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On advice here to keep OS disk space small, followed the tutorial
User Profile - Change Default Location
and moved my user profile from C:\user\name to E:\user\name

The problem is Windows upgrade (need to run for repair) will not accept profiles being on separate partition to the OS.
Also it will be an issue when I need to upgrade in future ... Don't move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive | ZDNet

I need to move my profiles back, anybody got any tips for doing this ...

Although user profile is on E:\ there is also some files under same name on C: even though they were moved as per tutorial.
I assume it would be best to merge ... (may be appdata items)
I tried the copy active profile ... but when I opted to copy & merge it with C:\users\name it blocked telling 'file is open in System'
Do I need to log on as a different user to allow me to merge the files ?

Any help on steps\ sequence appreciated.

A:How do I move my user profiles back to C:\user

Did you try "Method 2" of the tutorial you referred to.

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Hi all,

I have a Windows XP SP3 OS with Outlook 2007.

I was hoping someone could help me with a batch file that when ran would search through multiple user profiles and delete the outlook.ost file from there profile located in C: Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\

I have the following which is probably totally wrong....

for /d %%K in ("C:\Documents and Settings\*") do del "%%~fK\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.ost")
for /d %%K in ("C:\Documents and Settings\*") do @echo %%K

I have it listing all the profiles as well, but it does not delete the ost file

And if it was possible to show free space before and after batch file was run.

Thanks for any help in pointing me in the right direction with this.


A:Script to delete a certain file from multiple profiles

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I have six network profiles; currently I am on "Network 6".

(I have two network adapters; only one is connected)

How do I clean up the network profiles safely so that I am back to "Network 1"? Should I uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security, before any attempted cleanup?

A:Deleting multiple network profiles safely

Try this

1) Use your mouse to click the Start menu and select the Control Panel.
2) Click the "Network and Internet" button once the Control Panel loads and select the Network and Sharing Center.
3) Click the "Manage network connections" tab.
4) Look for the old network connections you wish to remove in the scroll box. Depending on how many connections you currently have in Windows it is possible you'll need to scroll a bit to find the one you wish to remove.
5) Click on the old connection you wish to remove.
6) Click the "Remove" button.
7) Confirm your selection by pressing "Yes" when asked whether you are sure you wish to remove the connection. You may also elect to press "Cancel" or "No" to return you to the previous screen and prevent the connection's removal.
8) Note that you can also change network connections through the network wizard. Simply click Start, then "Connect To" and "Show all connections."
9) Select the network connection you wish to change by right-clicking on it and selecting the option you wish. You can choose to "Disable" the connection, which would have roughly the same effect as completely removing it, rendering it inactive.
10)Press the "Delete" key after clicking on a network connection in the Network Connection window. This will completely delete the connection in the same way that removing it from the Control Panel would.

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I have a user who has a PC that is freezing on the XP splash screen. When going into safe modem it freezes on loading the mup.sys file.

I have also tried last known good and all the other start menus.

The really sad part is I did a Windows CD boot and did a repair installation and yet again it is stuck at the Windows XP screen.

I REALLY want to avoid a rebuild if at all possible (this person is very attached to their info and I don't want to hear about it being lost for the next 6 months).

A:XP freezes on bootup - I want to avoid deleting out these profiles

can you get into the bios? if so, try, for now, disabling level 1,2 and onboard cache then reboot.
& if that doesn't work reverse the suggestion then reset of the CMOS using the on-board jumpers.

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I saw a thread by squashman
that mentioned how to delete an application from a user I am looking for some assistance along the same lines.
Here is the case. I am replacing an old application on oh 600 or so pcs. This application is for enhanced screen capture functionality. It is called Printkey2000 and the application isnt actually installed. It is just listed in a folder on the c:\Program files (x86)\ folder. with a shortcut added to the startup. There might be some variants of the name listed in the startup. That all would depend on what tech actually helped the person add it at the time. What I mean is the file in startup might be named shortcut to Prinkey2000.exe or it might just be printkey or printkey2000. the Word Printkey should be listed in the name somewhere though.
I will be deploying greenshot as a second part of this update.

So what I am looking to accomplish with the batch/vbs file
1) end task on printkey2000.exe (if it happens to be running on a system at the time.)
2) remove(delete) printkey2000 with any variant of the name from startup for all user profiles on the system even the admin account.
3) delete the folder under program files (x86) and all its contents.

Once all that is done, I will just deploy the new application to all those systems.

A:Solved: script to remove startup item from all profiles

If it's a single version of the OS then it will be simpler.

Is the path and name of the install directory a constant?

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Deleting older and unused Wireless Network Profiles.

I had reason recently to make a change to one of my wireless network profiles and discovered that I have dozens of profiles listed that are no longer used. They include hotels, printers and other miscellaneous network items.

Can the older unused ones be deleted from the registry without creating a problem?

The only ones that appear in Settings are the ones in current or recent use. If I only had a few to do, I would do it from a DOS window, but I have dozens.

Thanks, Peter B.

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I can create new scan profiles in Windows Photo Gallery but nowhere in this world can I find how to delete or edit profiles once they exist. Can anyone help?

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I am currently having to occasionally adjust my color settings in Windows 7 after using older Direct 3d programs. They reset the monitor's color profile and to set it to the correct one, I do this by going to Screen Resolution>Advanced Settings>Color Management, then ticking the box to Use My Settings, which will apply the proper color profile.

I am wondering if there's a dos prompt or run command line for the following feature to which I could then build into a batch file for ease and convenience.


A:Please advise command/method/script to adjusting color profiles

Quote: Originally Posted by Saraya


I am currently having to occasionally adjust my color settings in Windows 7 after using older Direct 3d programs. They reset the monitor's color profile and to set it to the correct one, I do this by going to Screen Resolution>Advanced Settings>Color Management, then ticking the box to Use My Settings, which will apply the proper color profile.

I am wondering if there's a dos prompt or run command line for the following feature to which I could then build into a batch file for ease and convenience.


Hi Saraya,

Please check the similar post below which might be useful for you:

How to set color profile with command prompt?

Hope it helps.

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The system I'm working on is a Medion prebuilt running Vista Home Basic (not on any service packs as of yet as I've been too busy trying to fix this problem first). I believe it's a Celeron D on 1GB of RAM but I'm not sure. Recently purchased a Dynamode (I know it uses a Realtek chipset) 11n wireless adapter so it could connect to the net and share its printer to a laptop on the same network. There is a Realtek utility on the system but I've set it to use the Windows networking as I thought this would be easier, so this isn't running on boot.

I can add the wireless network, and it connects fine. I can verify it is in the Manage Wireless Networks section, and it is set to automatically connect when in range. When I restart the PC, the entry disappears from Manage Wireless Networks and the PC does not reconnect. It is set to save and automatically connect when I add the network each time. When it's connected it works fine.

I'm stumped. Any ideas?

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Hoping this is the right place to ask my question and that the title is OK.
I was asked to create a 2nd user account with 'Administration privileges'. Having done so I no longer need it. In trying to delete it I got a pop up window asking me if I wanted to save some of my files (My Documents etc.) onto a folder on my desktop.
I did absolutely nothing with that other account except for trying to see if a game would work. No files were created, saved, moved or anything like that. What worries me is that a quick look at, for ex., 'My Documents' folder I could see some folders there that also exist on my main account. My question is this: Will saying 'no' to keeping/saving files, and therefore agreeing to deleting everything affect my original account in any way?--do I risk losing anything? Thank you

A:Deleting a 2nd User account & its safety in not deleting anything else

If you know for sure there's no files under that User to lose, then go ahead and delete it. If in doubt, save the folder on desktop until you are sure.

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I noticed an annoying problem when deleting a user account from your PC.

Basically Windows Store app got into a pickle on my main user account. I fixed it with a restore point. But it wasn't working on my wife and son's user accounts. As they barely use them and have little to lose I decided to delete their accounts and then re-create them. The intention being to see if Windows Store worked correctly after doing so (It did!!!).

I deleted the accounts, restarted machine for clean slate and set them up again. All good but something that I noticed and really annoyed me was when I went into network I could see the WMP sharing media projecting my wife's name twice and the same for my son. Looks a bit rubbish. I went on my TV into media sharing and could see the duplicate WMP clients listed on here. So as a test I deleted my son's account again and re-created and sure enough now three WMP shares from his name.

So I looked under C:\users and can see (using my son as an example) three folders ... son's name, son's name-pc name, son's name.000-pc name. So this is why I see the duplications because good old Windows 10 doesn't fully delete the user from C:\users. I tried deleting those old folders but got met with either 'in use' or 'denied - you need admin access'. Of course my account is an administrator so that doesn't compute!!!! I tried taking ownership of those folders and got met with all kinds of resistance but I deleted enough of them to stop the duplicate WMP shares. Basi... Read more

A:Deleting a user account leaves traces of that user behind in C:\users

Having the same issue here. A user account started misbehaving so I used Settings>Accounts to remove it. But the user *folder* is still in c:\users and won't let me delete - even though I have administrator rights. How can you delete these folders?

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My computer was broken to begin with heh, but it's my dad's and a rental, so I can't do anything with it hardware wise, yaaaay. Don't tell me to get a new power supply, he is convinced any problem with the computer is because of what I've loaded onto it, because all hardware is perfect out of store.

Anyway. This morning I was loading up the computer as usual, but I didn't know avast anti-virus was updating itself in the background as soon as the system loaded, causing everything to freeze when I was trying to start msn at the same time. There's an issue with the hardware, probably the power supply, where if I try to do too much at once the computer will just randomly shut down and begin beeping at me until I force a restart. It did this, but before it did so the settings flashed to a windows 98 style menu bar.

I start to load the computer again and run into the following error.

Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system.

DETAIL - The system has attempted to load or restore a file into the registry, but the specified file is not in a registry file format.

I figure the crash happened while the profile was still loading fully (the load light on this hunk of junk dosen't work, so I never know when it's done and I can start programs) and that has corrupted the file somewhere.

I click past it, and it logs me in as usual. No issues to report so far, all settings and files intact.

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A:User Profiles

Hi and Welcome to TSF -

I will be glad to take a look at this problem from the XP OS side, but a few questions first, please:

1. When do the error messages appear - after logon but before the desktop is in view?
2. Do these error occur for all user accounts?
3. Are you running XP SP2 with all Windows Updates applied?
4. Have you checked the Event Viewer for futher information on the erroe events?

One recommendation that I would make is to moniter the CPU/RAM usage as various tasks are running. I have used CPUMon for this. It will stay "on top" thus giving you a view of CPU/RAM after logon.

CPUMon v1.60 by Denis Kozlov

In addition, some system specs would help.

regards. . .


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as per my previous thread before attempting an over install because my PC would not boot I removed the hard drive and hung it as a sata slave on my othe PC to check the Data was there.

Windows directory is shown as are program files etc

However the users directory is 834mb in size ( right click proporties)

It contains three directories

User -19.4mb in size
Public - 833mb
and Ian ( my profile) which is zero bytes

I've run an undelete program and it finds none of my documents or pictures

Any ideas anyone or have I lost it all



A:user profiles

You have to take ownership and alter the permissions of your profile directory. Explorer does not and cannot get the file size of files it does not have permission to read.

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i have about 80 users on my lan. most of them create word docs and excel spreadsheets and save them in personal folder. acouple of them have a problem where some files/docs they save are not there the next day or 2 and files they delete come back days later. some other users have no problem till they open a document to make changes. they save changes but a couple days later changes are not there.

2 dell poweredge file servers, pdc-bdc
winnt 4.0 enterprise server, sp6a running in cluster

workstations dell optiplex
winnt 4.0 workstation
office 2000

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How do I make the files for all user profiles private, except the share files etc. When I create user profiles and issue a password xp asks if I wish to make the files private where other users can't see them. Well, this occured on two of the password protected profiles, but xp did not give me that option on the other two password protected profiles. What gives?

Any help appreciated,

A:user profiles

try going into the security tab and give rights to that one user only. If you do that, that should take care of your problem, oh by the way, to make like easy on yourself, add yourself in each profile so just in case you have to get into their pro for some reason. Always make a backdoor for yourself.

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I've noticed that I have 3 User Profiles under Advance Settings for my computer. The first one is Default Profile, 1.5MB, the second one is gilloz PC/gilloz 650MB and the last one is gilloz PC/UpdateusUser, 14.7MB. Should I delete any of them other than the default one? Seems there is more data in the second one than the Default one. How were these created to begin with. I am the only user of this computer.

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I've just checked mine and have two: Default profile and my profile.

I'd be inclined to run a full anti-virus scan using Malwarebytes.


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I am having problems with user profiles in WinK, I created two new user accounts but they don't show up in the directory for the accounts.

I am logged on as administrator, and they show up in the MMC but not in the directory..
I'm confused.

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When I start up my laptop (Vista), it doesn't have any profiles to log into. I've tried using safe mode, but it needs a profile, I don't care if I lose files or anything else, I just want to be able to get onto my computer. Help?

A:No user profiles to log into?

Your registry might be corrupt. You might try following this guide to restore it. Manually Restore the Registry From its Backup in Windows (Windows 7 / Vista) - Sysnative Forums

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Well, I have no idea how this could have happened. Maybe due to the fact that I was places I shouldn't have been when I was really, really new at this. I need to try and find a solution but can't find any info. It looks like there are 4 accts. not including the administrator's. 1) (one of my names).Dell svc tag # This is a folder in Documents and Settings, 27.0 MB but not in User Accts.2) (another one of my names) as Administrator 202 MB in the User Accts. Same name in User Profiles though they give me an initial instead of my middle name which is in User Accts.3) (yet another of my names) also as Administrator in User Accts. Went into User Accts. and tho it says Administrator, I go into change acct. type and the option for changing my account is grayed out4) In User Profiles there is an Account Unknown 8.79 MB Service Tag#\Administrator 202 MB Service Tag#\my name with initial 118 MBThis is as clear as I could make it. It looks a mess and I would like to clear it up once & for all. Also in the Event Viewer (Application view), I get a warning message every day I'm on the system with an Event ID 1517 Userenv.Log says:Windows saved user service tag#\ my name with the initial registry while an application or service was still using the registry during logoff. The memory used by the user's registry has not been freed. This is often caused by services running as a user account, try configuring the services to run in eit... Read more

A:User Profiles

Were you turning things off and on in Services at all? Do you use Fast User Switching?

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hi, i got my windows 7 laptop and the default user name was benjamin. i went and changed it to my name(andrew) but everything is still under benjamin. it was bsically just a cosmetic change to the profile. so i made a new profile with the name andrew and now was wondering if it would be bad if i deleted the first profile (benjamin)? would that ause any severe problems? the only files i have put on my computer is the sims 3 and some music so i could easily move those files over to the new account. thanks for your help!

A:user profiles

Hello Chaos ninja, and welcome to Seven Forums.

No, you will not have any problems copying over your files to the new account, then deleting your old user administrator account while logged in your new "administrator" account.

That would be the only way to change the actual C:\Users\(user-name) folder name.

Hope this helps,

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I need to know when an account was created. I also need to know who created the account if possible. I know there is a Profiles Folder in the C: drive on the server, but is there anymore information ? Thanks !!

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hello all, i was playing around on the school network today, and i was wondering; if i were to delete one of the users listed in the users tab, in the control panel, what effect that would have for that person, on the rest of the computers networked? thanks.

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If it's a local profile and the network uses roaming profiles it will recreate it from the server. If the profile is local only the users personal settings will be gone....things like desktop items, color schemes, nothing major.

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I didn't know where to post this, so I just tried here hoping to get some help.
About a week ago something happened to my user profile it acts like it's got a hidden user profile or account, I've checked everywhere for a second user but I can't find one. I'm the only user and administrator on my computer. Here's what's happening. First off I'm paralyzed and can't use a keyboard or mouse so I have to use Dragon naturally speaking to operate my computer. Now whenever I reboot I get a message pop-up about Dragon needing a headset microphone USB installed but it's already installed, so I can't operate a computer because Dragon won't finish loading. I know sounds like a Dragon or headset issue, but if I get somebody to just logoff and log back in to my user account everything's fine. I've noticed that in user profiles settings the user name is different than what my username is, somehow it got changed and I didn't do it. Below are the differences between the reboot profile and the login profile.
Here's my self mod box specs

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB
Hitachi 1TB HDD
Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 mobo
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU
Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 RAM
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 power supply

Application data almost empty and not replicating itself as should be
Registry ProfileList user profile has a new key named Preference

Logoff logon
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A:User Profiles

Did you check the Nuance forums to begin with, regarding this issue.  I would start there, and also check with Nuance, regarding this issue, by putting in a support ticket with them.  Also make sure that all of your drivers are up to date.  What is the Manufacturer & model# of the computer & headset?
Also have you tried a repair install of Dragon, along with checking the headset on a different computer, that does not have Dragon installed on it?  Are there any Yellow Exclamation marks in Device manager?

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Hey Ya,ll,,,The guy that set up My puter,,put in a profile for Me & My Wife,,,They both have administater privlidges,,,My wife never uses this,,,I had several infections & Mat 2 helped Me work them out with the hjt logs,,,,Ok heres the problem,,,She logged on the other night to play cards & all of My virus software programs showed warnings that They needed to be updated,,,( which I did that morning from My profile ),,,So out of curiosity I ran a hjt & the log showed completely different then the one from My profile,,,Is it possible for some of the nastys to have snuck in undetetected in Her profile ,,,Question is can I safely delete Her profile to avoid this problem & just run off of Mine,,,We dont save anything on our computer so all I would be afraid of losing would be My virus scanners which are all on My profile to,,,She has NEVER been on the net,,,& theres some stuff that shows up in Her hjt log thats not in mine,,,I hope I,m making sense,,,,But I still have that about blank problem & I,m thinking it Might be in Her Profile somewhere,,,I didn,t want to post 2 seperate logs until I asked,,,Thanks for any help,,,Cowboy

A:User Profiles

You can delete profiles and accounts at will. The choice is up to you.
Doesn't sound like you need two of either in your case anyway.
Nasties also hide in system restore. Normally after malware detection, as part of the cleanup process, you should remove all the restore points. Depending on the infection, you don't have to do an actual system restore to be re-infected again.

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Hope I can do a decient job of describing my question here...
With XP, you can have multiple user profiles where each user has their own area for files and it seems like certain system configuration settings. Can these user profiles be configured so that certain resident programs load only when that user is logged in and when they log off these programs are exited. For example, my son uses my 'puter to download with Kaaza and some other apps. When I am logged on, I don't want these apps to load. Can this be done? if so, how?

A:user profiles in XP?

When you are logged in,you will need to go into Kazaa program ( or whatever other program you dont want on startup ) and find option to " not startup with Windows "

This will occur on your user profile and should not affect other users.....but all depends on the particular program of course.


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Hi all,

I work in a very large company and we are making a big push from Novell to Microsoft Exchange and file server.

We will have to migrate approx 3000 user's to a new domain.

Is there a way to remotley audit pc's and find out how many user profiles are on each pc. I know C$ work's fine, but this is very time consuming.


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CPU: GenuineIntel 3000 MHz Pentium 4
RAM: 2047 MB
O/S: Microsoft Windows 2000 5.1 Service Pack 2 build 2600


If i go to Control Panel / System / System Properties / Advanced and try to click on User Profile Settings i am prompted with:

End Programme - rundll32.exe

This programme is not responding.

Any ideas?


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