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Vista doesn't recognize my user files or settings!!

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#1
Ok so I turned on my computer this morning, put in my password in the log-in screen as usual...
Then when windows started I noticed that my wallpaper was the original vista wallpaper, all my sidebar gadgets were just the starting ones, and that about half my desktop shortcuts were missing.
On top of that, all my documents, pictures, music, and even my bookmarks on mozilla firefox were gone!!
But oddly enough when I go into C:/users/Matt everything is where it should be. But if i use the links from the start bar, it takes me to Users/Temp folder.

What is going on??


P.S. I don't have system restore on sorry!
 

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#2
does it say that you are being logged on using a temporary profile? I have had this on a Vista Ultimate computer and I believe I had to change a registry setting. Let me know if it is giving you the "temporary profile" message and I will try to refresh my memory. If I recall, in my situation, there was quite a bit of info in the error log about not being able to load my profile, and loading a default one instead. On the start menu, right click "Computer", left click manage. After the UAC prompt, computer manager will come up. if you click "Event Viewer" on the left, it will display recent errors, including logon errors.
 

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System One

  • CPU
    Core 2 Duo E8400
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
    Memory
    2GB Kingston HyperX DDR800
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS Silent EN8800GT (Nvidia)
    Hard Drives
    2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750GB SATA2
    1x Maxtor 160GB SATA
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#3
I didn't see anything in the error log that looked like a log-in error. But it totally seems like windows has me in some temporary account. especially since my other users come to this same temp account too when i log-in as them (even though it uses the account name). any idea of what i should do?
 

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johngalt

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#4
How many times have you rebooted since this happened?
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Insider Preview current build
    Manufacturer/Model
    The Beast Model V
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 965 EE @ 3.6 GHz
    Motherboard
    eVGA X58 Classified3
    Memory
    3 * 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline CL7 DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3-12800)
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GTX 970 + eVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Classified (PhysX)
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    Realtek HD Audio (onboard)
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    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA
    Screen Resolution
    2 * 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 SATA III SSD (System)
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 SATA III SSD (User Tree)
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS SATA II
    Seagate ST1500DL001 7200 RPM SATA II
    Intel SSDSA2M080G2GC SATA II SSD
    PSU
    ThermalTake BlackWidow 850W
    Case
    ThermalTake Level 10 GT
    Cooling
    Corsair H100 (CPU) + Air (2 * 210 mm + 3 * 120mm fans)
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (gen 2)
    Internet Speed
    300+ Mbps downstream / 30+ Mbps upstream
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Insider Preview (current)
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3521
    CPU
    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1007U @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio | Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Inspiron 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1680 * 1050
    Hard Drives
    INTEL SSDSC2CW180A
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master | Synaptics TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
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    300+ Mbps downstream | 30+ Mbps upstream
#5
is this a personal computer, or on a business network with a domain? In my experience, when the profile wasn't loaded correctly, I ALWAYS got the message that it was loading a temporary profile, but apparently that prompt does not always happen. I know that now the problem has been long resolved, but I found a couple links that looked familiar.
A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/135858-user-profile-error-logged-temporary-profile.html
 

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System One

  • CPU
    Core 2 Duo E8400
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
    Memory
    2GB Kingston HyperX DDR800
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS Silent EN8800GT (Nvidia)
    Hard Drives
    2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750GB SATA2
    1x Maxtor 160GB SATA

johngalt

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#6
I'd still like to know how many boot iterations this machine has gone through since the problem first occurred....

my thoughts are this - it could be a temporary thing, especially if you have not rebooted the machine at all - and thus, since you said your files are there (well, your user folder anyway) then perhaps a reboot may allow the computer to sort out what it could not figure out before and you'll be golden....

or it could be a minor registry / profile issue, a major profile issue, or even Malware....but we gotta start somewhere.

if you have tried to reboot the machine several times and this keeps happening, then look at those links that bad posted....
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Insider Preview current build
    Manufacturer/Model
    The Beast Model V
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 965 EE @ 3.6 GHz
    Motherboard
    eVGA X58 Classified3
    Memory
    3 * 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline CL7 DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3-12800)
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GTX 970 + eVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Classified (PhysX)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio (onboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA
    Screen Resolution
    2 * 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 SATA III SSD (System)
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 SATA III SSD (User Tree)
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS SATA II
    Seagate ST1500DL001 7200 RPM SATA II
    Intel SSDSA2M080G2GC SATA II SSD
    PSU
    ThermalTake BlackWidow 850W
    Case
    ThermalTake Level 10 GT
    Cooling
    Corsair H100 (CPU) + Air (2 * 210 mm + 3 * 120mm fans)
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (gen 2)
    Internet Speed
    300+ Mbps downstream / 30+ Mbps upstream
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Insider Preview (current)
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3521
    CPU
    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1007U @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio | Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Inspiron 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1680 * 1050
    Hard Drives
    INTEL SSDSC2CW180A
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master | Synaptics TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    300+ Mbps downstream | 30+ Mbps upstream
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#7
Well, oddly enough turning on and off my computer didn't fix the problem, but just restarting it did...

Thanks for all the help guys, if it stays fixed for the next couple of days I'll mark the topic as solved.
 

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