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tobyker

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Windows 7 registry profile problems
« on: April 19, 2014, 05:14:12 PM »

Last Monday, after I'd been away for ten days or so, the second time I logged on to the PC (Widows 7 Ultimate, I'm the administrator) I got the error message about not being able to find my profile, and despite several restarts it wouldn't let me log on, though I could get on as another user. So via her account I found a helpful youtube which told me to start in safe mode, get into regedit, change a couple of file names, set a couple of numbers back to zero - and it worked. This afternoon I got the same error message, but restarted the PC and got in ok.  (Phew) Is there anything I should be looking for which could be creating this fault? I have had a couple of failed Adobe updates recently - could it be them? My auto backups are set to Sunday evening, so it shouldn't be anything to do with them. Please don't get too technical - my regedit was way out of my comfort zone!
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Re: registry profile problems
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 01:16:42 AM »

My immediate thought is. 'virus'.
Have you re-installed your anti-virus, and malware programmes?
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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2014, 04:20:04 AM »

 
I highly recommend Glary Utilities 4 - http://www.glarysoft.com/
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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2014, 07:56:32 AM »

Agreed. Glary Utilities is an excellent program.
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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2014, 08:34:33 AM »

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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 12:07:41 AM »

I have AVG 2013, fully up to date. should that not catch most evil things?
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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2014, 01:01:25 AM »

I also now run AVG 2014 and ran "Glary" which cleaned up a few things that AVG doesn't do.
 
Am a PC novice, but putting it simply, AVG and "Glary'' do two different jobs.
 
On my machine AVG is used for viruses and Glary for tune ups.
 
You can do a review via Google, of the two products, which will list the differences but to confuse the issue AVG also offer a similar tune up product.
 
Welcome to the world of computers.
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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2014, 09:23:34 AM »

I had something similar recently and once I got in had to create a new user profile and transfer all my files to it. It was something to do with a corrupted file and was the start of a hard drive failure. Does your computer have some diagnostics it can run? If it does it might help identify the problem. Graham.
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Re: Windows 7 registry profile problems
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2014, 10:39:40 PM »

Graham, Transfer of files to a new user profile looked a bit tricky to me so I went for the option I could understand! Thanks, Martin - I've run the Glarysoft thing and it found lots of faults in the registry and said it had fixed them - it also cleaned up a lot of temp files, which I thought were meant to get binned automatically at the end of each session. I guess I should run it from time to time.
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