error: c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable


  1. Posts : 50
    Windows 10
       #1

    error: c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable


    I have Win v.1909 bld 18363.836 and I've been working from home on my own laptop. The company had us install Citrix at home so that we could login to our computers at work and work on them. It is required because we use enterprise software that is not portable. I created a new "admin" account for my work.

    So, since Citrix, I notice I have 2 microsoft accounts; one for my home admin user and one for my work admin user. Until today, using Citrix to login to work didn't cause any problems.

    Then, I did something stupid. Without thinking I ran a full cleanup using "REG ORGANIZER" while logged in to my work user. It did not hurt my work user one bit, but it certainly hurt my home user. The first problem occurred when I logged out of work and into home user. I got an error: "c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable". Second, my user screen is black. There seems to be a taskbar but nothing shows on it and there are 30 notifications but I can't see them when I click the icon. Third, I got another error "Critical Error Your Start Menu isn't working, We'll try to fix it the next time you login." Fortunately, I could Ctrl-Alt-Del and logoff and login to my work user. He is fine, like nothing happened and I was able to work today without a problem.

    I read up on the error, learned that I could create the dir "DESKTOP" on c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\.
    So I did, but it did not help my home user one bit.

    I hope I'm giving enough details. Does anybody have any suggestions about how to bring my home Admin User back to life? All the files are there and I can access them from the Work Admin user, but I'd really like my home user back with all saved passwords and settings that I had.
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  2. Posts : 260
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #2

    Run SFC Command in Windows 10
    Use DISM to Repair Windows 10 Image

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    Run sfc/scanow first and if you don't get good results try dism restorehealth.
    An inplace upgrade

    If those don't work then you'll need to backup your important stuff and do a clean install of windows
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  3. Posts : 2,624
    trying to install win10
       #3

    Eddo51 said:
    work and into home user. I got an error: "c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable". Second, my user screen is black. There seems to be a taskbar but nothing shows on it and there are 30 notifications but I can't see them when I click the icon. Third, I got another error "Critical Error Your Start Menu isn't working, We'll try to fix it the next time you login." Fortunately, I could Ctrl-Alt-Del and logoff and login to my work user. He is fine, like nothing happened and I was able to work today without a problem.

    take a look at

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ is anything other than S-1-5-18 pointing at %systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile
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  4. Posts : 50
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    SIW2 said:
    take a look atHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ is anything other than S-1-5-18 pointing at %systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile
    If you don't mind my asking, I'd like to learn more about the registry and these numbers in certain locations. Wonder if you could point me to a source so I could read about this stuff. My ProfileList is pasted in below. I have no idea what it all means.

    error: c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable-image.png

    - - - Updated - - -

    I was able to fix the problem using SFC and DISM. When I used these commands, My system got better. I hope I can login to work tomorrow. For now, I'm out of the woods. Thanks to both Smirk24 and SIW2 for your suggestions. I have more confidence that I've done the right things..
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  5. Posts : 260
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #5

    No problem Eddo51.
    This might get you further a long with windows registry

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...advanced-users
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