Windows 10: ProfileList Issues
Dear all, earlier I had deleted the ProfileList key from the registry in Windows 10 as I had assumed that it would disable the use of passwords to access the computer. Little did I know, it ended up wiping all my accounts from the computer. As of today, it is a Sunday and I cannot contact Dell, Microsoft and Courts, the store which I bought the desktop since it is already 3pm. I need advice ASAP. Any advice on how to solve this and allow me to get into the desktop and also disable the password as well?
Note: I was dumb enough not to back up the registry key. The desktop did not come with a recovery CD. It is currently running on Windows 10.
1. Backup Registry restoration
Before try this I advise you create a disk image backup. (Disk imaging lets you easily recover from messed up OS's and failed disks relatively easily and without technical help). That gives you a chance of a further attempt if sthg goes wrong.
Macrium Reflect (free) - its boot disk- + external storage for your system backup.
You can restore the backup registry by booting from an offline disk.
The Windows 10 backup copy of the registry is under:
Boot up the PC using a Win 10 bootable medium, or Kyhi's boot DVD/drive - available from the top of the Software and Apps section in this forum- and copy all files under RegBack to C:\Windows\System32\config
2. System Restore?
I don't know if trying to run system restore having booted from a Win 10 boot medium would work in your case, and of course would depend on you having system restore on and some restore points.
Note: Win 10 iso's are freely downloadable. Details in the Tutorial section here if you need them.
About the first thing to do with a new working system is to start using disk imaging routinely. This protects your PC, your data, your sanity, and saves you time.
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