How can I fix problems that started after moving my user profile?

Srikant M October 10, 2013
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I managed to copy and move my user profile from C:\Users\ to E:\ after a few attempts with the help of instructions given in the MakeUseOf guide “Stuff Happens: The PC Backup and Restore Guide”. But I used the /J switch (rather than the /D switch) to create a junction that’s a hard symlink (if you use the /D switch, you’ll also have to edit the registry, because it won’t be a hard link). I have been running the new setup for several weeks now, but there have been some problems. Firstly, I managed to complete this process in 3 attempts because the first two attempts failed and I guess there was some loss of appdata as when I logged in after the reboot, I found that many programs including Firefox were running on default settings rather than my configured settings. Secondly, mouse clicks have been behaving strangely. Double clicks occur when I intend to make a single click, I am unable to highlight sentences on a page because the mouse wouldn’t select stuff even with the left button pressed down, etc. (very frustrating!!!). Thirdly, ever since, my Nvidia display driver fails often (and then automatically recovers). Fourthly, Firefox has been crashing a lot lately. Lastly, the Blue Screen of Death is now a frequent occurrence.

So can you suggest me some measures to rectify these problems? Is it now safe to delete my old user profile under C:\Users along with the administrator accounts I created for this purpose? Please reply asap. Any sort of help will be highly appreciated.

  1. Oron J
    October 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I haven't tried the profile-moving method you mention, but instead, I use the message discussed here:
    http://www.nextofwindows.com/how-to-change-user-profile-default-location-in-windows-7/
    Although it involves changing the registry, there are only three small changes to be made - a job of couple of minutes, and this method is very reliable. You may want to have a look at it and see if you want to try it.

  2. Hovsep A
    October 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Fix a corrupted user profile????
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

    you can get some ideas here
    http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-in-windows-7

    you can also try sfc/scannow