Mar 252010

Backup error Some of you (that have a specific setup) might have noticed that you have an extra profile in your Windows 7 C:\Users directory.  MCX1-%COMPUTERNAME%. I noticed mine when it started adding the following line into my backup results:

The backup completed but some files were skipped.

Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Contacts. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Searches. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

I wasn’t sure why that profile existed in the first place, and didn’t appreciate it mucking up my backups. I was poised to just delete it, when I realized that might be a silly move. Research twice, delete once. (see item #9 under ‘Set up Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender’)

So the profile was legit, it was created when I connected Media Center to my Xbox 360. So how do I make my backups quit complaining? What if I just made the folders? Would that satisfy it?  It turns out it does.  I created two empty folders named C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Contacts and C:\Users\Mcx1-CPL-SHOE\Searches, and it was happy.

After all this, I ran across this Microsoft article which goes into much more detail about why backup wants to back up those folders despite their non-existence. But in my humble opinion, just create the folders and move on unless you want to spend your weekend optimizing your registry.


  5 Responses to “MCX1- The mystery profile.”

  1. Thanks, this helped me alot!

  2. Thanks. This was perfect!!! Worked like a charm.

  3. Oh, I see now. Thanks for this. Bloody Xbox. It’s not even mine!

  4. Oh wow, thank you so much. I was about to erase this when I remembered that as a noob to the inner workings of my computer, that probably wasn’t a great idea. (Exactly why my computer is so slow; I’m afraid to turn off the crazy amount of processes Vista has running.)

    Phew, I thought it was a virus.

  5. Haha, nice. I was about to delete it too.

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