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       #320

    AGP27 said:
    So i did everything right, had a hard time moving one drive but i believe its all good. My problem is, Im in windows 11 and after doing all this my taskbar and system looks like windows 10. I cant click on the search or the windows logo. Nothing pops up. And all the apps that were on the task bar except for a few i added originally have disappeared. But if i go to the other user i used to do all of it, that users looks normal. PLEASE HELP!!!
    Hello, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Restoring the original name of the profile folder should sort this for you.
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       #321

    Brink said:
    Hello, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Restoring the original name of the profile folder should sort this for you.
    I changed everything back, now when clicking on the old profile its stuck "Preparing windows"

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    After trying to open task manager it said "We cant login to your account" and made me sign out
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #322

    AGP27 said:
    I changed everything back, now when clicking on the old profile its stuck "Preparing windows"

    - - - Updated - - -

    After trying to open task manager it said "We cant login to your account" and made me sign out
    It sounds like something may have gone wrong, and it was loading a temp profile.

    If so, try the tutorial below to make sure the original name is still being used in the registry, and the profile folder itself still has the original name.

    Fix You've been signed in with a temporary profile in Windows 10
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       #323

    Brink said:
    It sounds like something may have gone wrong, and it was loading a temp profile.

    If so, try the tutorial below to make sure the original name is still being used in the registry, and the profile folder itself still has the original name.

    Fix You've been signed in with a temporary profile in Windows 10
    I ended up reseting windows 11, than created a new profile with the name i wanted. Than deleted the other 2 users. Will deleting the original user create any problems?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #324

    AGP27 said:
    I ended up reseting windows 11, than created a new profile with the name i wanted. Than deleted the other 2 users. Will deleting the original user create any problems?
    It shouldn't.
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    Windows 11
       #325

    Brink said:
    It shouldn't.
    Seems to work alright. Unfortunate that i couldnt get the name change to work.
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       #326

    AGP27 said:
    Seems to work alright. Unfortunate that i couldnt get the name change to work.
    Indeed. At least you have the name you wanted now. To bad it took a reset.
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       #327

    I'm not sure if this has already been mentioned, but just in case...

    I just followed the instructions and indeed they work, but this will break 99.99% of all applications, because most apps don't use expandable variables such as %appdata% and instead use hardcoded paths in the registry and their own personal settings/data/dbs.

    The easiest way to work around this issue is, after you rename your user profile folder (step 11) you create a symbolic link to your old profile name.

    So, for example, if your old profile was "Brink7" and your new one is "Brink8" you should create a symbolic link named Brink7 and point it to Brink8, so whenever a poorly coded app tries to access your old profile (Brink7) it will be redirected to the new one (Brink8) seamlessly.

    You can easily create symlinks (and much more) using the Link Shell Extension.

    Create Soft and Hard Symbolic Links in Windows
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       #328

    Thank you @morphx.

    Good idea. Tutorial now updated to add this as step 14.
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