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

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.

File information

The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.1.760 1. 22xxxWindows 7SP1LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameX86_4c79f69732dbbe03b8fa887eea6f92ed_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22374_none_4a17cd0cdfb0bf49.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)02-Jul-2013
Time (UTC)11:30
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-tabletpc-ipsplugin_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22374_none_be927d00b6e5300c.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size5,990
Date (UTC)02-Jul-2013
Time (UTC)05:51
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
File nameAmd64_812fd90ced3a9d3ba5e169a35b240825_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22374_none_6b007842e33d6c61.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)02-Jul-2013
Time (UTC)11:30
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-tabletpc-ipsplugin_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22374_none_1ab118846f42a142.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size5,992
Date (UTC)02-Jul-2013
Time (UTC)05:51
PlatformNot applicable

Article ID: 2866086 - Last Review: 08/13/2013 23:26:00 - Revision: 1.0

Windows 7 Service Pack 1

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