Missing Settings After Disabling the User Profiles Option

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When you disable the user profiles option, some icons may be missing fromthe desktop or the Start menu.
When you disable user profiles, Windows returns to the original profilethat existed before you enabled the user profiles option. Settings createdby users after the user profiles option was enabled are lost.
The user profiles still exist in user-specific folders. You can accessthese profiles to regain lost settings. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. Open the Windows folder, then open the Profiles folder.
  3. Open the folder corresponding to the user whose settings you want to retrieve.
  4. In the user-specific folder there is a Desktop folder. This folder contains the shortcuts created by that user. You can drag these shortcuts from the Desktop folder to the Windows desktop.
  5. In the user-specific folder there is also a Start Menu folder. You can drag folders from the user-specific Start Menu folder to the Start Menu folder in the Windows folder to regain missing Start menu items.
More information
When you enable the user profiles option, multiple users can log on tothe same computer with different user names and create custom desktops.To enable this option, double-click the Passwords icon in Control Panel,click the User Profiles tab, and click "Users can customize theirpreferences and desktop settings."

When you enable this option, Windows creates a Profiles folder in theWindows folder. The Profiles folder contains a user-specific folder foreach user who logs on to the computer. Each user-specific folder containscustom desktop and Start menu settings.

Windows uses the original profile only as a template for new users whenthe user profiles option is enabled. If a user installs a new program,that program appears only in that user's profile.

Article ID: 130330 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 01:01:00 - Revision: 2.0

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