Category Archives: Windows XP

20 Nov

How to Repair a Windows Corrupt Profile

How to Repair a Windows Corrupt Profile

By Chris Hoke, eHow Contributor – Original Post

When logging in to your Windows 7,Vista, or XP operating system, you may be creating a new temporary profile instead of logging in with your regular user profile. If so, Windows has a profile list error, caused by an error in your profile settings. The system attempts to fix the problem by loading a temporary profile. Fortunately, Windows typically backs up your profile settings so you can restore them by using the Registry Editor program.

Instructions

  • 1 Click the “Start” menu button after logging in as the temporary profile. Type “regedit” into the “Search” field; then press “Enter”.
  • 2 Double-click to expand the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” key in the left pane.
  • 3 Double click “SOFTWARE”, “Microsoft”, “Windows NT”, “CurrentVersion”, and then “ProfileList”.
  • 4 Locate the two SID (Security Identification) keys that correspond to your user profile. Both keys are named “S-1-5-21-S” (where “X” is your security profile identification number), but one key has “.bak” at the end of the name. If you have more than one user on your computer, you can identify your SID keys by clicking on each key in the left pane and checking the user name data column located to the right of the “ProfileImagePath” field in the right pane.
  • 5 Right-click on your SID key name that does not end in “.bak” and click “Rename”. Type “_corrupt” at the end of the key name and press “Enter”.
  • 6 Right-click on your SID key name that ends with “.bak” and click “Rename”. Remove the “.bak” from the key name and press the “Enter” key.
  • 7 Close the “Registry Editor” window.
  • 8 Click the “Start” button, “Shut-Down” menu, “Log Off”.
  • 9 Log back into Windows with your regular profile to restore your user profile.
  • 25 Oct

    Windows Update Disable Windows XP

    Symptom

    When you open the Automatic Updates tab in My Computer Property sheet, or from Control Panel, all of the Automatic Updates configuration options may be grayed out. This happens due to any of the following reasons:

    1. You’re not logged on as Administrator (or equivalent)
    2. Automatic Updates Policy is enabled
    3. Automatic Updates (and Windows Update) access is blocked via Group Policy

    Resolution

    To make the Automatic Updates options configurable by the user (only for stand-alone systems), remove the restrictions 2 & above.

    • Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT.EXE
    • Navigate to this location:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ WindowsUpdate \ AU

    • In the right-pane, delete the two values AUOptions and NoAutoUpdate
    • Navigate to this location:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ WindowsUpdate

    • In the right-pane, delete the value DisableWindowsUpdateAccess

    Using the Group Policy Editor – for Windows XP Professional

    • Click Start, Run and type gpedit.msc
    • Navigate to the following location:

    => Computer Configuration
    ==> Administrative Templates
    ===> Windows Components
    ====> Windows Update

    • In the right-pane, double-click Configure Automatic Updates and set it to Not Configured
    • Then, navigate to this location:

    => User Configuration
    ==> Administrative Templates
    ===> Windows Components
    ====>  Windows Update

    • In the right-pane, set Remove access to all Windows Update features to Not Configured