A user profile folder is unexpectedly re-created after you delete the profile in Windows 7 SP1

Se aplica a: Windows 7 Service Pack 1Windows 7 EnterpriseWindows 7 Professional Más


Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
  • The computer is running the Windows Search service and has the Input Personalization interfaces enabled.
  • You delete a user profile on the computer.
  • You restart the computer or restart the Windows Search service.

In this scenario, the user profile folder is unexpectedly re-created in the following path:


Note The TextHarvester.dat file that is created is part of the Input Personalization system that adapts the language model and dictionary to a particular user, based on the user's usage. This usage information is primarily obtained through the search indexer.


This problem occurs because the presence of the user profile is not checked before the Textharvester.dat file is created.

Note The IPSPlugin.dll file caches the text-harvested data for each user in a corresponding TextHarvester.dat file.


To resolve this problem, apply the hotfix that is described in this section.

Note This hotfix does not remove the re-created user profile folders. After you apply this hotfix, you have to delete the re-created user profile folders manually. This is a one-time action.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 .

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.