Cortana won't index apps except those pre-installed on my laptop

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  1.    27 Feb 2017 #11

    No problem.

    If you had disk images prior to making that change you could have restored your PC that way quite easily and quickly.
    I don't know if System Restore would have helped.

    We recommend using e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage for images to save you PC, your data and your sanity - even if your disk fails.

    Suggestion for any future posts- include any history that might be relevant.
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  2.    28 Feb 2017 #12

    Yes, Macrium is a good suggestion. In fact I had already decided on it as a backup strategy and was waiting for a hard disk to arrive through the post in order to implement it when you commented. On the other hand it might not have helped me too much in this case because a fair amount of time had passed between when I changed the user folder name and when I noticed the problem. Moving my files to another admin's folder, deleting my account and starting again with a local account before linking it to a Microsoft account worked (although the add new user function being broken in settings made it more difficult).
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  3.    28 Feb 2017 #13

    Glad it's resolved and you'll be more secure now.
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  4.    28 Feb 2017 #14

    Thinking about it again, one thing I haven't done is activate Cortana on the new account, so I can't 100% rule out Cortana being involved in the issue I was having. I don't have any reason to activate it now, so I will leave that as an unknown. But thanks once again for your help!
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