I am talking a short break between a couple of technical papers to install some cool Veeam software - Veeam Availability Console - so I can learn more. I have a VM for it but when I logged in I had an issue where I had no profile. There was no desktop and things were wonky. I did have a message popup and disappear quickly. All I got was something wrong with my profile.
Since I could not work, I disconnected this VM from the domain, and deleted my profile. Restarted and logged in. This time I was able to capture the error message - which was different this time.
I used Shift + Option + 3 on my Mac, and it screenshot instantly all three screens. So I was able to take a screenshot of just the error message. Sorry it is not bigger.
With this error, and Google, I found this article that was helpful. All I did was delete the registry that was .bak, and the one that was identical to it - save for no .bak.
So I logged out, and logged back in and I did get a desktop. But when I clicked on the Start menu the next screen was blank. And while I could arrow down to my apps none of them would start.
Now I am thinking like a Microsoft guy and so I restart the VM.
And that worked. Everything is good and the desktop and apps all work. And my install is speeding away now.
BTW, this is a Win2K12 OS.
Thought I would share this in case it helps someone.
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