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1. Get into Safe Mode. If access through installation medium is not possible, shutdown during boot for 3 times. Go in troubleshoot/advanced/start up something

2. Win+R „regedit“ and go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\ProfileList

3. Expand ProfileList and chose the profile with ProfileImagePath = […]systemprofile

4. Set RefCount from 1 to 0

5. Reboot.


Stuck with undeletable Thumbs.db files in your NAS?

1st: Turn off Thumbnail creation within your Windows Explorer:

  • Win 7: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
  • Win 8:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\

Set or create and set the DWORD „DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders“ to „1“

2nd: Delete all Thumbs.db from your NAS:

  1. SSH into your NAS
  2. navigate into folder you want to delete (i.e. /volume1)
  3. run the following command which will delete all Thumbs.db without further questions: find . -name „Thumbs.db“ -print |while read FILENAME; do rm „${FILENAME}“; done
  4. (Optional) When you’re on it, consider doing the same with Desktop.ini


You probably can’t access the NTFS partition since Windows 10 has this great hibernation feature and it’s turned on…

Turning hibernation off from active Windows:

In cmd run: powercfg -h off

Turning hobernation off from dead Windows:

Get win10 recovery CD/USB, start cmd, navigate to your drive (probably E:), and run:

E:\> dir /A:H


E:\> del /AS hiberfil.sys

Drive should be accessible from Linux now.

(remove_hiberfile did not work before)

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