NTUser.dat files remaining in use

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NTUser.dat files remaining in use

Post by drzolezzi on Sat 07 Jan 2012, 7:38 am

When backing up my files using Quicken Online Backup, there are 3 "ntuser.dat" files (in C:\Users\) that were unable to be backed up because they were open. I shut off my PC to reboot and then retried the backup with the same results. This just started with last nights backup. Prior days backup did not have this problem. Any ideas on how to resolve this problem?

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Re: NTUser.dat files remaining in use

Post by Buttons on Sat 07 Jan 2012, 1:04 pm

Welcome to GeekPolice!

ntuser.dat contains information relating to the currently logged in user(such as software settings and other information that Windows needs) and is opened in the registry hive. Meaning it is locked and in use by Windows so it is impossible to back up while Windows is running.

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