By Delia / Last update October 15, 2021

My user profile on Windows Server 2012 seems to be corrupted

Sometimes, you may find a corrupted user profile on Windows Server 2012 or other operating systems. Such as the following situation.

“I accidentally deleted the user files, and no new or guest users can be added. When I right-click on the folder, it says the folder has been moved to another location, in fact, it has gone. I've tried to do a system restore, but failed to fix. Is there a way to repair this without reinstalling?”

How to recreate user profile on Windows Server 2012

If the user profile is damaged, you can delete the profile and recreate default user profile on Server 2012 r2. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Log in the computer with an administrate account where the corrupted user file is located.

2. Open the Control Panel to select System.

3. Then you need to click the Advanced tab. In the User Profiles area, click Settings.


4. Select the appropriate user profile in the Profiles stored on this computer list and click delete.

5. Click Yes if there is a prompt.

6. Log off the administrator account.

7. Restart the computer and then a new user profile will be created automatically for the user account that contains damaged user profile.

Effective preventive way to protect important data

In fact, when you encounter these problems, such as deleting user profile by mistake or a user profile was damaged for some unknown reasons so that your computer can’t run. You may need to spend a lot of time to fix it; however, you may not be able to successfully fix it sometimes.

In this case, to protect important data, including personal files, photos, videos, etc. you’d better back up these important data such as back up user profile in advance. Once something bad happens to your user profiles, we can restore it. I highly recommend AOMEI Backupper Server to you.

It runs well on both Windows Server operating systems (Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012(R2)/2008(R2)/2003, etc) and Windows PC operating systems (Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP). You can benefit a lot from its excellent backup features below:

◑ Backup types: it can help to backup files, folders, disks, partitions, or even the system. 
Backup schedule: it enables you to set backup tasks to run daily, weekly, monthly, or using event triggers, etc. 
Backup Scheme: it can delete obsolete backup images based on a certain deletion mechanism so as to free up disk space.
Backup Options: you can enable email notification, encrypt or compress backup images and so on.

Now, follow these steps to protect your computer files. And you can use the File Restore function when there is something wrong with the original file. 

Step 1.  Download the free trial of AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it. Then, click File Backup under the Backup tab.

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File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder according to your needs. Then, choose the files/folders which you want to backup.

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Click to select backup destination. You can backup files or folders to NAS network location, external hard drive or other locations.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Click Start Backup to execute the task. 

Start Backup

Note: If there are many backup sources that need to be backed up, please put them in one folder. After that, selecting that folder to back up is enough.


Now you know how to recreate user profile on Windows Server 2012 (R2). To avoid potential data loss, you can easily back up important files in just a few steps with AOMEI Backupper Server. In order to hire double insurance for your important files, you are advised to backup them up regularly. You can set up schedule backup or manually backup those files at any time.

In addition, AOMEI Backupper owns the clone and sync features. You can use it to clone a physical server to VMware and perform real-time file sync, etc. Go for it right now!