Category: Users and Profile Issues

Pin to Taskbar for All Users in Windows
article #1287, updated 53 days ago

So we have a terminal server or other multi-user Windows machine, Windows 7/2008R2 or later. We want to pin one or more icons to the taskbar, for all users. We discover that this is not something extremely easy to do :-) We can, at least reasonably easily, set up the same taskbar icon set for all users, thusly:

  1. Log into the one machine, and set up the taskbar as you would like it to appear for all.
  2. Export the following registry key:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband]
    to a file named TaskBarPins.REG. Put it in a permanent folder outside of user space, e.g. C:\AutoSettings, it will be imported automatically at every login.
  3. Create SetTaskBarPins.VBS in C:\AutoSettings, containing the following text:
Option Explicit
On Error Resume Next
Dim objShell, ProgramFiles, sRegFile
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
sRegFile = """C:\AutoSettings\SetTaskBarPins.REG"""
objShell.Run "Regedit.exe /s " & sRegFile, 0, True
Set objShell = Nothing
  1. Create a shortcut to C:\AutoSettings\SetTaskBarPins.VBS in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp.

The next time any user logs into this machine, nothing will appear to have been changed. But when they log off and then log on after that, their taskbar will be the same as the one you exported.

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Cannot log in as new user to Windows 7
article #1009, updated 931 days ago

Sometimes it will happen that the Default profile is corrupt. This will make it impossible to log in on a PC as a new user, the system will be unable to create a new user profile. Here is a solution:

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/fix-user-profile-service-failed-logon-new-user-profile-error-windows-7/

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Migrate User Profiles in Windows
article #901, updated 1285 days ago

Not tested yet, but looks very intriguing:

http://www.profilemigrator.com/e/pm/shop

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Delete user profiles entirely from command line
article #120, updated 1506 days ago

Currently a third-party app does it well:

https://helgeklein.com/free-tools/delprof2-user-profile-deletion-tool/

DELPROF was part of the Server 2003 Resource Kit, also here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=901a9b95-6063-4462-8150-360394e98e1e&displaylang=en

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Unlock user's AD account using CMD
article #743, updated 1700 days ago

Try:

NET USER <USERNAME> /DOMAIN /ACTIVE:YES

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Resolving a Temporary Profile Problem
article #376, updated 2026 days ago

Here is a detailed fix:

http://theonlinetutorials.com/how-to-resolve-windows-xp-temp-profile-problem.html

The gist of it is, one browses in ‘regedit’ to here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

and one will find that the GUID key for the profile, is suffixed ‘.bak’, and replaced. One needs to remove the replacement, rename the .bak removing the suffix, and restore the ‘state’ entry from ‘8100’ hex (which means temporary) to ‘100’ hex (normal).

If the profile itself is corrupt and the goal is to replace it altogether, just remove all of the keys with the username within, including the .BAK if it exists.

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Transfer Profiles from XP to Windows 7 - Windows Easy Transfer
article #147, updated 2616 days ago

This works quite well from XP to 7.  Does not transfer applications. 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

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User cannot do RWW in SBS 2008 -- how to fix a user's SBS status
article #342, updated 2855 days ago

Sometimes a user is accidentally created in SBS 2008 outside of the SBS wizard. This can lead to all sorts of problems, including inability to do RWW regardless of group membership. Here’s how to fix.

  1. In SBS console, in “Users and Groups”, “Users” tab, right-click on background, choose “Change User Role for User Accounts”.
  2. Choose “Standard User”. Choose “Replace user permissions or settings”. Click Next.
  3. The user may not be in the account list. Choose “Display all user accounts in the Active Directory”. The user will pop in. Choose him/her to change.
  4. Click “Change User Role”. Complete the wizard.

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Fix the "Temporary Profile" issue in Windows 7
article #302, updated 2950 days ago

Many fixes like the below can be found on the WWW:

http://windows7themes.net/fix-temporary-profile-error-in-windows-7.html

but none of them worked for me. I eventually just deleted the appropriate profile folder in C:\Users as well as the appropriate .bak folder in the registry, under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

and a new one was created.

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All Users folders in Windows 7
article #270, updated 3037 days ago

Here is the All Users desktop:

C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop\

and here is the All Users start menu:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

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