Windows 10: Lost windows user account

Discus and support Lost windows user account in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; Briefly, after the latest windows update when the computer restarted, I logged in and everything was missing. It was a fresh account under the same... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by Temet Nosce, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Lost windows user account


    Briefly, after the latest windows update when the computer restarted, I logged in and everything was missing. It was a fresh account under the same name, and even activated the intro that Windows 10 does when it first installs. I've tried switching between a Microsoft and local account, as well as remaking the account, didn't work. At present C:\Users still lists the files from my old account under its name, but said account is neither in Local Users and Groups or regedit's profile list.

    I would appreciate either advice on recovering my account, or a way to move over the settings from it en masse given the files are still there even if the account is not.

    Edit: Managed a workaround by directing a new profile to use the original profile's folder through regedit. I'm so relieved I can barely describe it.

    :)
     
    Temet Nosce, Jan 22, 2018
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  2. Ramesh Srinivasan, Jan 22, 2018
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    On sign in screen

    hold down shift key and hit power button>>restart PC

    on start up options>>troubleshoot>>advanced

    select system restore and choose a date before you did this and restore PC back

    Then when you log back in, try to create another admin user and restart the PC and try logging in.
     
    seahawks65, Jan 22, 2018
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  4. simrick Win User

    Lost windows user account

    Hi Temet Nosce and welcome to Tenforums.
    You wouldn't, by any chance, have Avast AV on there would you?
    I saw this happen once when a system updated to Anniversary Update. It seemed to be some unfinished business that Avast couldn't complete because Fast Startup was turned on. I turned it off, and gave the system a few shutdowns/restarts, and it eventually cleared itself back to normal (but it was touch and go for a bit).
    Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

    .
     
    simrick, Jan 22, 2018
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  5. Thanks, and no, I use Kaspersky. Albeit I should probably change given recent revelations about them. Fast Startup is indeed on however.
     
    Temet Nosce, Jan 22, 2018
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  6. simrick Win User
    I see you've marked the thread as solved. Did the Fast Startup change fix things?
     
    simrick, Jan 22, 2018
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  7. No, it was the change in regedit to move a new account to use the old accounts C:\Users file.
     
    Temet Nosce, Jan 22, 2018
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  8. simrick Win User

    Lost windows user account

    Got it.
     
    simrick, Apr 5, 2018
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