Why do you need to backup user profiles in Windows 7?
User settings and user files are typically stored in the local user profiles. The files stored in local user profiles can only be accessed from the current computer. Thus, if you want to use your original user profiles to customize your fresh install or new Windows-based computer, you should backup your original user profiles and restore it when needed.
Also, where there is a data, there is a risk of data loss. User profiles is not an exception. Thus, you need to backup it. Once something bad happens to your user profiles, you restore it.
How to backup user profiles in Windows 7?
If you want to use your original user profiles in the fresh install or newly-bought Windows 7 computer, the first thing is to copy user profiles in Windows 7.
Windows Backup and Restore
The first method is to backup user profiles in Windows 7 using Window Backup and Restore. For detailed steps, you can see below.
Step 1: Click “Start” and type “Backup and Restore” in the search box, then choose it from start menu list.
Step 2: In the “Backup and Restore” window, click “Change setting” option to summon the next window. If this is the first backup task, you can choose “Set up backup” option under “Backup” tab.
Step 3: Choose a destination path for your backup task.
Step 4: Choose “Let me choose” option under “Set up backup” window.
Step 5: Choose your user profiles on the computer. And you can choose to uncheck “Include a system image of drives” option if you only want to backup user profiles.
Step 6: Review your backup settings and click “Save settings and exit” if everything is correct.
Aside by backing up user profiles, you still can use it to backup specific foldersaccording to your needs.
Note: If you want to restore user profiles in Windows 7, you can use a copy of your original user profiles to restore via Windows 7 Backup and Restore. Or you can choose to restore it from Windows 7 recovery disk.
Advanced system settings of computer properties
If you do not need an image file, you can use the second method.
To backup user profiles in Windows 7 using “Advanced system settings” of computer properties:
Step 1: Tag on “Start menu”, then right-click “Computer” and choose “Properties” from the context menu.
Step 2: Click “Advanced system settings” to summon the next window
Step 3: Click “Settings” under “User Properties” tab.
Step 4: Choose user profiles you want to backup and click “Copy To” option, then click “Browse” to select a destination path for your backup and follow the prompt to finish the rest of steps.
Advanced way to migrate user profile Windows 7 same computer
The third method to backup user profiles is to use a file backup software. Then I will introduce you a magic file backup software AOMEI Backupper and walk you through every detailed step.
Overview of file backup software
AOMEI Backupper is one of the best free file backup software. With it, you can copy user profiles in Windows 7 effortlessly. If you only want to back up the changed part after the first backup, you can choose to create a differential/ incremental backup. If you want to manage your disk space and prevent your disk run out of space, you choose to delete file backup. And it’s still multifunctional software. Aside by File Backup, it still can provide System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, etc.
Detailed steps to backup user profiles
Step 1:Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.
Step 2: Click ”Backup” and “File Backup‘’ subsequently
Step 3: Click ”Add File” or “Add Folder” to mount user Profiles on your computer
Step 4: By default, it will automatically pick a location to save the backup image. If you want to copy user profiles in Windows 7 to another computer, you can click “Step 2” to change it to network share, NAS, USB hard drive, etc.
Step 5: Back to the main page of File Backup window, click “Start Backup”
Note: If you want to restore your backup, you can use File Restore feature.
Other things you need to know
There are two situations you may receive “corrupt user profiles” error. See below, then learn when you will receive this error and how to fix it.
When will you receive “Corrupt user profiles” error in Windows 7?
The user profiles is corrupt or missing.This situation usually happens when your Windows update failed or an automatic updates involve an upgrade of critical system files (especially service pack installations). Both of them can result in the corrupt user profile.
File system is damaged.This situation usually happens when the file system of your hard drive is damaged owing to disk write error, power outages or virus attack. If so, the operating system cannot load the user profile to boot properly.
How to fix “Corrupt user profile” error in Windows 7?
To fix it, you can try to create a new Windows 7 account
Step 1: Boot your Windows 7 computer with administrator account or another user account
Step 2: Navigate to “Control Panel”>”User Accounts and Family Safety”>”User Accounts”, then click “Manage another account” link at the right panel.
Step 3: Click “Create a new account”
Step 4: Type a name and choose an account type, then click “Create Account”
Step 5: Navigate to “Computer” > “Tools”> “Folder Options” >”View” tab, then check “Show hidden files and folders” option and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”. After that, click “Apply” and “OK”
Note: If you cannot see “Tools” at the top of the window, you can click “Alt” key.
Step 6: Go to C:\Users\OLD_USERNAME and copy all files except Ntuser.data, Ntuser.data.log, Ntuser.ini, then go toC:\User\NEW_USERNAMEand paste all files.
1. C:\ is referred to the location you install your Windows 7.
2. OLD_USERNAME is the username that has the corrupted profile error
3. NEW_USERNAME is the username that you created .
Step 7: Restart your computer and log in with the new user account you create.
To sum up, there are three methods to backup user profiles in Windows 7. And I prefer the last method. It’s very easy to operate and provide extra schedule settings or scheme option. What’ more, it offers more advanced features, such as System Backup, Disk Backup, System Clone, File Restore, etc.