Monday, September 12, 2011

Deleting a network user profile on Windows 7

My profile on the current workstation is messed up and I want to recreate it. The account is not a local Windows account but an Active Directory one, making this a bit more difficult.

To start off, I created a new Windows account, giving it Administrator privileges by adding it to the Administrators group. Then, log on with that user and

  1. Move my user account files (c:\users\<xy> somewhere else)
  2. Remove user SID at 
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    The key to remove is the one that points to the above file location for the profile files. 
  3. Log off and then on as the above user to recreate the profile.

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