There’s nothing more frustrating than logging on, all fired up to get some work done and not being able to locate your user profile. After all, this is your “navigation” system. It’s set up perfectly to assist you in completing tasks as efficiently as possible.
Following is some information about using system restore to help you fix Windows user profiles.
Using System Restore to Fix “Windows 7 User Profiles Missing” Problems
System restore is one of the quickest and easiest solutions. And, employing this solution is safe as well because it won’t undo any system changes that might affect your user files (emails, photos, videos, documents, etc.).
The way system restore works in Windows 7 is that it uses a featured named “System Protection” to create new restore points constantly on your computer. In these restore points, critical information about your system is recorded, such as registry settings, so that when you perform a system restore you don’t lose important data.
Important Note about Using System Restore to Fix Missing User Profiles in Windows 7
When you do a system restore in Windows 7, your computer will present you with the dates and times of some restore points from which to choose. Choose carefully because a system restore will uninstall programs and drivers that were installed after the date/time you select.
So for example, if you installed a system update on 3/12/2011 at 8:57 p.m. EST US, but you select a restore point on 3/8/2011 at 12:31 a.m. EST US, then you would lose all programs and installs you did after this time.
It’s worth noting again though that any user files you’ve changed – Word docs, photos, videos, etc. - will not be affected when you use system restore to repair “Windows 7 user profiles missing” problems.