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Directing Roaming profiles to a local user account

Q: Directing Roaming profiles to a local user account


I have a rather unique setup here where I would like to be able to point domain user's roaming profiles to a local account on a Windows 7 PC. Would anyone know how to do this?

We have many computers here, all with a local user called "PE" for profile editor, which I would like to make the standard profile for people logging in. The systems are all locked down with a program called DeepFreeze, which means that no changes would be saved locally at all. Right now PE is set as the default user, so every time someone logs into a computer here, it copies the PE profile to their new profile. However with all the software we have, this profile is around 100 MB in size, which leads to login times of about 2 minutes.

My hope is that I can slim this login time down by implementing this:

1. User logs on with domain credentials

2. Because they have a roaming profile set up to point to C:\Users\PE, they are able to get right in with very little login time. Now they get on quickly and have access to their allotted network storage space.

3. When they log off, the computer will restart and will be back to a fresh image.

Step 2 is the one that I am unsure of how to implement. Does anyone see a way this could work? Thanks for your help.

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I am a newbie to active directory (coming from a NetWare background). I work in a public library and we have 63 domain users (Windows Server 2003) on our network. Right now all of our domain users are setup to use roaming profiles. This makes sense for our public access computers in the building but I do not see the benefit for our staff users. All of our staff computers are different and have different software installed. Staff experiences a long logon wait plus every now and then complications arise with their profiles. They do not save their documents in My Documents. So, aside from being able to see their desktop wallpaper on each computer they log into I think it would make more sense to have all staff logon to staff computers using local profiles. How can I change from using roaming profiles for some users to just using a local profile? Also, I want a standardized local profile so if Jane Smith (jsmith) logs in I do not want a local profile called jsmith but rather have all users who login to the computer use a local profile called staff.

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated. Plus, if I am really on the wrong track with this I welcome comments and/or suggestions. TIA!

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I've set up several of my users to have Roaming Profiles.
I want to be able to backup the Local Settings folder.

Windows will by default exclude temp;local settins;temp ie files
and history from a roaming profile. This in done by default and can only
be "changed" by editing the ntuser.ini file in the users profiles. This
file lists all directories that windows should exclude from the roaming
profile when the user does a logoff and the profile is dumped back into
the profilestore (the profile share).
There is a default option under GroupPolicy if you have ActiveDirectory
that enables you to exclude folder from a roaming profile. Changes in
this setting is added to the 4 folders listed above.

I've changed these settings and even changed the INI file. Saved everything, logged onto the profile then logged off. Local Settings folder does not back up and when I open the INI file again Local Settings is placed back in there somehow.


A:Roaming Profiles/ Local settings folder won't backup

After seeing the load time, we won't be including Local Settings folder. Instead moving the Email users pst file to another location. I hope this helps someone in the future!

In general, that
> folder is left out of roaming profiles to speed up login
> times, if you start including it, your users could suffer, 5
> - 20 minute load times. (I have seen 20 min load times in
> extreme cases, it's highly annoying)

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I want to test roaming user profiles to see if the will help a few issues with our network.

when i go to change a profile type the roaming option is disabled.

does anyone know what i have to do to enable RUPs?

A:Roaming user profiles

have a look here it might be of use to you

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The Goal:
I want five domain controller's to hold copies of every user profile in the agency (no more than 90 profiles), and when a user travels between sites, would like the copy of the profile on the local domain controller be the one that is downloaded (instead of a profile traversing the VPN).

The Setup:
Five separate sites, connected to the Internet via DSL or Cable connections, connected to the main site (Site A) via VPN using Cisco based firewalls. There are no issues with the VPN; it functions perfectly at every site. Each site has a domain controller to handle local logins.

A domain-based Dfs root was established at Site A, with a replicated link target on the domain controller at Site B.

The Test:
I created a single test account, John Doe, to use. In Active Directory, the profile points to \\mydomain.org\roam\profiles\%username%, which will end up being \doej.

I fill the profile up with enough files so the profile size is between 8-10MB. This way, I will know for sure if the profile is traversing the VPN...as it will take about 5 minutes (or more) to log in.

Replication has been set up and no errors reported.

I go to Site A and test it...seems to work fine...though this is where I set everything up. I log out, then try a login at Site B. Login seems slow...it appears that it is still pulling the profile from Site A.

The Question:
Has anyone used Dfs with FRS to handle roaming profiles? I'm hoping to get this to work, then incorporate a few Folder Re... Read more

A:Roaming User Profiles via Dfs/FRS


You are one step ahead of me. I cannot get FRS to work on our remote server. We have a cisco pix 506e here at the main site. Our remote site has a cisco pix 501. The site to site vpn is established and working fine. I created a domain-based DFS root on a domain controller here at the main site. I made the remote server a target but it will not replicate. I get no errors either.

Just to be sure I added another local server as a target and replication works fine between the local servers. All servers are running 2003 ent ed. I'm stumped. Any thoughts?

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I have a place that's using Win2K server with Windows 2K & XP machines that login to this domain server. The owner of this establishment wants to have roaming profiles enabled, because the business is expected to expand shortly, and they will have a lot more employees.

I can set up roaming user profiles for the local machines that save to the server; that's not a problem. Here's what IS a problem:

They log into a domain server, and the primary profile is for the domain, let's call it IDO. As you all know, when you try to use the "copy to" command within windows 2k or xp, you can only do it for profiles that are not affiliated with a domain server. I need this profile, because it is the primary one that is used, and because they need network access to their My Documents folder and they aren't saavy enough to browse for it.

Any suggestions?

A:Roaming User Profiles

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I have tried to look online for an answer to this but have not found anything.

We have many users logging in with a single mandatory roaming profile.  We have a new dictation program which saves temporary data to the AppData/local folder before uploading it.  If there are any problems with the upload the data sits in that folder
until it can be uploaded.

The problem occurs when a user of a mandatory profile (who is unaware of any upload problems) logs out, causing the appdata/local folder to be deleted.  (The folder is not actually deleted until the user next logs in overwriting the local profile.)

My two questions are:

1. Is it normal for the appdata/local folder to be deleted when the user logs off if they have a mandatory profile? (I haven't got any kind of profile cleanup, or the "delete cached copies of roaming profiles" GP turned on.)

2. Is there a way to prevent this folder, or a specific folder within it, from being deleted?

The AD controller is Windows Server 2008 R2 and the workstations are all Windows 7.

Thanks in advance!

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Windows 8 creates a roaming profile in the C:\Users directory using xxxxxx_000 subdirectories for each Microsoft account which is created.

Apparently, these subdirectories are only temporary directories that are recreated each time a user logs on to Windows 8 via these accounts.

Is there a way to make sure that these profiles are completely deleted when the user logs off from his Microsoft account?



A:Eliminate roaming profiles of Microsoft account

Move your mouse in the bottom left corner and right click and click on run.
Then Type in gpedit
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles\delete cached copys of roaming profiles

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Hiya, I recently started to set up a Server at my work place. Im familiar with Professionl/Server 2k and I am currently taking MCSE...anyhow..

I have created a domain, and I am trying to make roaming user profiles, First I go to Active Directory Users and Computers and create the user, pass etc...Then I go into that newly created user and edit the the profile to go to my server where I want the new profile to be stored eg: \\server\profile\%username%. I then go to my computer, user profiles and copy the settings I want imatated to the same directory as above \\server\profile\%username%. I then log the user on to make sure it is working, on a windows 2000 Professional workstation that is part of the domain...log on the user and it CREATES a new profile path on C:\Documents and Settings\user\ instead of refereing to the \\server\profile\user i previously created.

I can not figure out why it does not refere to the profile path I have created/specified and makes the new directory...any suggestions would be helpfull, Thanks


A:Roaming/Mandatory user profiles.

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Hey, I am having trouble finding how to create roaming profiles in Vista. I am a Computer/Networking novice and I just practice at home. I have 1 desktop PC and 1 laptop PC and both are connected to my network. I was wondering if there was a way to make it so that my desktop will act as a server and I can log on to my desktop from my laptop using the same profiles that I have in the desktop. I am mediocre at computer technology and I am trying to get my feet wet here in networking. I know XP had User Profile Roaming and I know vista has folder redirection service and profile roaming but I can't seem to figure out how. I want to know if I can do what I want to do and still use my desktop as a regular desktop computer. Any help would be appreciated. Help out a beginner here!

A:Roaming User Profiles in Vista


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hello folks ,

currently we have a forest A where citrix VDI solutions are implemented and users are configured (via GPOs) to use roaming user profiles and folder redirect which are all stored in a fileserver cluster. we are doing a crossforest migration to forest B using
ADMT and native exchange scripts. the goal is we want a migrated user(forest B) to log on Remote desktop session host on old domain (forest A) and access their user profiles and folders which is still on fileserver on forest A. all users are migrated with

i have configured GPOs in new forest to configure roaming profiles and folder redirections to point to the same location (fileserver in forest a) . also enabled policy allow cross-forest policy and roaming profiles. still when a migrated user logs in (forestB\user)
i receive an error ,failed to locate roaming profile and local copy is used.

how can we achieve this scenario , i though that because sid history is migrated ,that the migrated user will have the same permissions to access profile and folders as the source user is (forest A\user).

also if i need to migrate roaming user profiles and folders of forest A to a new file server in the new forest (forest B) , how to translate or map forest B users to access these profiles ?

apperciate your help

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I have recently set up a home network between two computers. One is running widows XP home, the other windows XP professional. The network works well and we are able to share internet, files, printers ect. But I heard that there is a way to establish roaming profiles or be able to use our personal profiles interchangably between the two computers. Is this possible and how do I do it?

A:Fast User Switching Roaming Profiles

You need a server to use roaming profiles.

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Hi all,

We are having a real issue with local profiles / user profile service on our domain.
Our staff accounts are using local profiles. When a staff member changes their password something is happening to their profiles on the machines that their local profile is stored. When they try to login the machine is getting stuck at "Please wait for
the user profile service....". It never continues, we have left for 30 mins or more and it doesn't continue.

We are currently having to use delprof2 to remove their profiles from ALL machines they have previously logged into which is a lot of hassle. 

We first noticed this issue when we upgraded our workstations from windows 7 to windows 8. 
I was hoping that upgrading to windows 8.1 would fix the issue but sadly it doesn't. This is causing us major hassle on our domain.

It only affects people with local profiles... our students use mandatory profiles and they are not affected.

Our DCs are 2012 R2. 

I have trawled google but cannot find any information on this. At our yearly microsoft meeting i asked our regional account manager and he couldn't believe the issue. He had never heard anything like this before.

From the event log, the only thing i can see is that it is not finishing the load of the user profile. 
Under user profile service events it shows this:

Event 1: Recieved user logon notification on session 2.
Event 2: Registry file C:\Users\USERNAME\ntuser.dat is loaded at ... Read more

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Hi Everyone!

Does anyone know of any tool that can simplify the process of configuring roaming user profiles. I have 4 computer; 2 running XP and 2 Running Win 7 (Ultimate and Home Premium). I want to make my Win7 Ultimate my main computer (server) and store a user account in it which can then be accessed from any of the other computers. So, Is there any software to simplify this as I am sort of running into trouble!

Thanks in advance


A:Roaming User Account Tools

No one has any idea of any possible program?

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I hope this is an easily solved issue but here we go:

I need to add a folder (located on the local machine) to the favorites menu on IE 6.0. both XP and 2K machines will be used in this evolution.

Many of the local profiles already exsist on the PC, so simply adding the folder to 'favorites' in the default user folder will work being that default user only affects new profiles being created on the machine... not those already in exisitance. Adding this to 'All Users' does not add the short cut to the favorites menu from what I can tell eithe. What I am looking to do is to create this folder in the already exsisting user accounts on these machines... It wouldnt be a big deal normally, but I have to do this across 30+ machines each with multiple users... (10 or more profiles at least per machine)

As a last result I can blow out thier profiles and let them recreate thier own on each machine, but by doing that I run the risk of loosing any local profile stored data...


A:IE 6 Favorites for Local User Profiles

Your solution would be to create those folders into...

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Favorites

... but you said it didn't work? Have you tested it? If yes, what happened?

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I have a user with a machine that was setup with Win 8.1 Home. The machine has been upgraded to 8.1 Pro and joined to a domain (WinSrv 2003). I need to get the conten/configuration from their old local machine user profile to their new domain user profile. I tried to copy the contents of their ../users/<name>/.. folder from the local user profile to the new domain user profile (after they had logged in once, and then logged off). This did not work. When I did the copy, I grabbed all files, including hidden...was that my mistake, or is the issue broader?

In the end....they want their old stuff and configuration under their new credentials/profile.



A:Merge Domain User Account with Local User Account

There are 4 conventional ways of accomplishing this task.

Option 1: Simply copy My Documents, Favorites, Desktop items from one to the other. You will have to setup program options again, may or may not be a big deal

Option 2: Use the Windows Easy Transfer option. Explained here. Vista & Win7 local to domain profile migration

Option 3: Use the Copy To Feature in User Profiles, explained here: Copy a user profile. The steps are outlined for different versions of Windows, but they work the same in Windows 8.

Option 4: Use the User State Migration Tool. User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide. Here is a link to a video on using the USMT. User State Migration Tool in Windows 7 - Install | TechNet

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We are creating a PDF file in login user's local application folder (C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\folder1) through a custom .Net application and displaying the created pdf file in application.

The above functionality is working for users who are part of domain and added to local vista machine as users (both for administrator and standard user accounts).
The same is not working for local users (both administrator and standard user accounts created in vista box).

File is getting created for any user under their local appdata folder and can able to open from that location, but not displaying from app in case of local system users (admin or standard type).

Can anyone help me what security settings differ between domain users vs local users in vista business 32 bit OS?


A:domain account user vs local account user in vista

Policy that is actually causing the problem (or lack thereof) is corresponds to Internet Options control panel, Connections tab, Lan Settings button: Use Automatic Configuration settings.
Having this turned on causes IE to load a configuration file prepared by IT department which makes a whole lot of configuration changes to IE, including remapping the security zones. We can test this by unchecking this option (the default state).
Since the machine is in domain and since we are testing with domain users accounts, I have monitored domain controller pushing down a bunch of policy settings which relax the IE security settings, causing the reports to display.
First, domain settings will resync over time and this checkbox will keep getting turned back on automatically. So you can?t really turn this off, it won?t stay off. I would feel better just testing local accounts, but since the computer is also a member of the domain, machine-specific policies are applied by the domain as well.

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There are systems where users login for general activity and they pile up almost every day. Is there a group policy to delete the local profiles after the user logs off. I came across policies where the profiles are deleted after x number of days or using
delprof.exe or using scripts or remove cached roaming profiles but we do not want to use them.

We want to use only group policies to delete local profiles immediately after the user logs off. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Group policy to delete local profiles after user logs off

Not Roaming profile? for Local profile, I haven't found a policy to delete it after user logoff, but if what you want to achieve is prevent user saving settings to the desktop, then you can use mandatory user profile instead,.
This profile does not save changes made by the user to the desktop settings. Users can modify the desktop settings of the computer while they are logged on, but none of these changes are saved when they log off. The mandatory profile settings are downloaded
to the local computer each time the user logs on.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg241183(v=ws.10).aspxYolanda Zhu
TechNet Community Support

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hi all... need help in knowing what's causing "unknown account" to appear in the user profiles... im an IT support of a call center where most of the desktops use winXP pro... all are connected to a domain... with this "unknown account" in the user profiles, one or some users can't login to the domain using that particular PC... error is usually "your profile can't be loaded"... the solution i have is to delete the profile of the user on that PC and the "unknown account" however it would be much better to know what's causing this so as to prevent it from reoccuring. thanks...

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I am finding two Unknown Accounts in my User Profiles.I have a home network and wondering if that has anything to do with it. Primary computer (IBM) is not hooked up right now and is the one that is directly connected to internet. This one (DELL) is connected via hub as is laptop when used. I am also connected to a domain for work via VPN(though that will be stopping soon)and maybe that has something to do with it?I need to do a major clean out (for space) on DELL and then a backup and came across this while doing something else. All all virus defs are up to date and scans run often & regularly so all clear there (Norton SEP).thanks for thoughts, advice.

A:"Account Unknown" in user profiles?


Your network has nothing to do with user profiles on a system regarding such profile entries.


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I have a local user account that comes up as the default user when Windows10 boots up that I would like to remove.

I have tried the usual user modification menus but this account does not show up. It is annoying to have to go through this false log in every time I start the computer.


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We are running Citrix XenDesktop VDI infrastructure for 500 Users, We are planning to move these Users from VDI (Win7x64) to Corporate Managed device (Win10 Enterprise).

Currently user profiles mainly Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Links are controlled via Folder Redirection Group Policy We are planning to terminate VDI services and move back to old traditional Corporate Managed device with the OS Windows 10 Enterprise.
Our real challenge is to get all 500 users profiles from share to their respective assigned PC to C:\Users\<Userid>\
Can you provide suggestions around migrating 500 users profile data to their respective PC?

Desktop Design Engineer

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Hi guys
I already posted my question on Microsoft answers (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie11-windows_7/choose-your-homepage-and-search-settings/2966bcb3-3ddb-4a26-8c51-07b5aa40e4ef), it was suggested there that I post it here as well:
Since the latest update to Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (KB3148198), my users experience the following message (on Win7, Win 8.1 and Win 10):


Of course, this is disturbing for many of my users, and, what's worse, since we use dynamic local profiles in our company (i.e. the user profile is created from the DEFAULT profile on each and every login), this message shows up after each and every login
which normally happens once a day.

My colleagues (and my boss!) have asked me to get rid of this message.

I have monitored what happens in the registry when you choose "Your current settings", it writes quite some strange registry entries (HEX-values) which all have something to do with "SyncHomePage Protected - It is a violation of Windows Policy
to modify. See aka.ms/browserpolicy". Windows insiders will know which registry settings I mean.
Specifically, I'm talking about what's written in
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\EUPP Protected - It is a violation of Windows Policy to modify. See aka.ms/browserpolicy
and the respective subkeys. Those contain binary values, and I suppose those are ... Read more

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I tried to see Skype Video on Windows 10. Huge mistake.
It asked me for a Windows Account. (I just finished understanding what Google Account means).
I happened to have a Windows Account. I entered it and it accepted it.
It then asked that I must also change the password that I use for my profile on my desktop.
I obliged and sacrificed my simple password as it required a strong password.
So now I have a Windows password and my strong user profile password.
I rebooted. Big headache for the past two hours.
Neither passwords worked to let me in my profile (which has Administrator privilege).
I logged in as Administrator, went to Control Panel, Users accounts, hoping that being logged in as Local Admin, I can change the password of my profile. I can see my profile user account, but there is no way to change its password, only to delete or change to ordinary user.
I changed my Windows account password via my mobile.
Still, I can't log in to my profile.
Would somebody kindly help? or should I just dump Windows 10 and move on to Mac?

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My grandmother was recently hacked and she changed all her passwords herself (yay!). However she did not write down her new local user account password for her laptop.

I tried downloading OPHCrack, I burned it as an ISO file and put it on a DVD-R(only thing I had on hand) and i changed the boot order on her BIOS menu to had the DVD drive as the first priority. It does not run....I hear the disk drive moving, or spinning but the program does not run. Are there any other options or do I have to do a complete system restore to bypass this? Also if that is what I have to do how do I do that without being in her control panel?

A:Old Problem New User- Forgot Local User Account Password

Hello there "hater",are you sure you downloaded the right OPHcrack version?It should be the one that is intended to be used on,not the one being used to download and be burned on.Try imgburn,never failed me to create bootable CDs or DVDs.

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First off I apologize if this isn't the proper place for this post. We have an active directory domain at the school corporation I work for. The elementary school's use a generic student account to login. All of the faculty members have their own accounts to login with. Every time we log in using a specific elementary school's generic account it creates two different user profiles. One user profile that is created is for the account we logged in to XP machine with. The other user profile that gets created is of the account that belongs to secretary at the same school of the generic login account we used to login with. I have tried use Google to find answers to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

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So, I have been working on my neighbor's computer. She doesn't want a password to log in to her computer. Is there a way that I can disable the password upon login. This is on a local account.

A:User Account Password on Local Account

Jesse, have a look here

Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

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I'm simplifying my home computing environment (lab's in Azure now), and so I need to migrate my 8.1 clients being domain joined to just MS accounts and a home group. I'm very familiar with the server side, but for continuity I'd like to migrate
the domain profiles of the clients to MS accounts / home groups.

I've not seen much documentation on how to move away from domain joined to work/homegroups and any gotchas involved - just the opposite direction. Can anyone suggest best practices for this?

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I want to setup a Local User Account with Administrator priveledges on a laptop that currently has a single login via a Microsoft Outlook.com User Account, which I want to keep active.

I had assumed that this would be as simple a process as it was on XP, Vista and W7. However, I first consulted a number of other techical websites and have been rather confused by the large number of reported "issues" that users seem to have when setting up a Local Account.

Surely W8.1 permits multiple Users on the same machine and surely it is up to the owner of that machine as to whether they want a Local Account with Admin rights?

So why all the reported "problems" that Users are having when doing something which should be very simple.

Some of the reported problems are: -

- After setting up the Local Account the user could not login to the Microsoft Account
- User files in the Microsoft Account "disappear" after creating Local Account
- Microsoft services such as Outlook.com and SkyDrive stop working in all accounts after creating a Local Account
- Programs won't run under the Local Account unless the User activates "Run as Administrator"
- Profile of Microsoft Account corrupt after creating Local Account
- Locked out of Admin rights on both the Microsoft and the Local accounts

I would really appreciate some clarity over whether or not there are "issues" associated with creating a Local Account in W8.1



A:W8.1 - Local User Account

I just created a Local Account to try it out and encountered no problems as you described. But, I am running 8.1. Probably MS fixed a few things in this new release.

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Hello. I have a laptop that I use from work. I changed the computer from logging on to a domain to my home workgroup. When I rebooted my computer I cant log on. I don't know the administrator password or any local user acounts on the machine.

How can I change back to log on to the domain without logging on?

Please help...thanks!

Oh Windows 2000 pro BTW

A:Can't log on to a local user account PLEASE HELP

I have a corporate PC as well. The only way I know to work around this "fully" is to contact your network administrator. There is something you can try though.

If you know your domain name from work try typing this into your user id field:

<domain name>\<user id>

Then type your password accordingly.

Hope this helps.

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Greetings all,

I'm hooked on Spotify, most of you probably know about it - It's like Pandora, iHeart Radio, and many more services that play thousands of songs on your mobile device. But there is an option to install it on your PC as well.

I went to do the PC install, and was given a message : "Spotify must be installed by a non-administrator account". OK. SoI played along and created a new user thru the Control Panel, Admin Tools, Computer Management. Msft automaticaly put it in the Users group, so I thought that s/b fine. But no. I logged in as the new user, and when I tried to install Spotify with the .exe file that my login (Admin) had downloaded, Msft gave some permission gripes. Anyway, it did finally install under NewUser and brought up Spotify.

I knew I hadn't one the battle yet. I logged off of NewUser acct and logged back in as me. I didn't see a new profile created for NewUser **Actually, a new profile was made for the new user, it just took several minutes for the new profile to appear**. I did a search on all of drive C for 'Spotify'. I didn't get any hits, and figured Spotify may have an alias when installed. I believe it will just give you access to it via your browser, ?? But I see now Bookmarks, etc in Chrome.

So I'd like to assign my profile to this NewUser. It's really just a one time shot, hopefully - to get Spotify installed, and to put any related files into my profile folder. Then, assuming this works, I'll want to delete this NewUser. ... Read more

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I just turned on my Dell inspiron 15 which is running the newest version of Windows 10 home 64 bit and it displayed an error message saying it couldn't find my user account or files so it logged me into a temporary account with the same name. I went to c:/users and I found the folder for my user account and all of my files are still there. I tried restarting the computer and sign out then sign back in but that didn't help. I'm currently posting this from my phone while system restore restores to a restore point that was automatically made a couple of days ago. Since this problem just started I hope it helps. I'll update this thread after system restore is done. Any additional help I can get will be appreciated.

A:My local user account is missing

Update: system restore just finished and my user account is working normally again. All of my files are also back. After all of my programs are done updating I'll update my backup copy of all files that aren't in Microsoft onedrive.

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I've been trying to recreate/rebuild a user account for a local user. The user had software issues that were not present under other accounts.

I renamed her account to username_old. but instead of Windows creating a new account using their login name like I'm used to with XP, it is logging in under the TEMP account. I can't change anything in that account because when they log out there is no TEMP under the Users directory.

What do I have to do to have Windows recreate the user's account under their login?

A:recreating local user account

Please check these Microsoft articles.

Fix a corrupted user profile

How to Fix Corrupted User Profile in Windows 7

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From what I have read, in order to use OneDrive (integrated in the OS, not the web browser), you have to use a MSA account to login to the computer in order to use OneDrive.

Is there a way to use a Local user account, while still using OneDrive without using a web browser? Even if it means I have to login everytime I open the drive from Windows Explorer? I plan on installing Win10 and using a local account to use the computer (I have a MSA account that I can use for OneDrive, but don't plan on using it to login to the computer itself).

Thanks in advance

A:Local User Account and OneDrive

Hello Jaesun, and welcome to Ten Forums.

When you sign in to OneDrive using OPTION TWO below, you would still need to sign in with a Microsoft account, but you can do so while still remaining signed in to Windows 10 with a local account.

OneDrive - Unlink in Windows 10

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I purchased a new Dell 1764 Win 7 Professional about 2-weeks ago and have been learning how to use Win 7 - I consider myself an old XP guy!

I was in the windows explorer to see who was listed inder the Users directory where I found a directory with my name on it. I double clicked and noted the contents of the directory was the same as in XP. I clicked on the Local Settings directory (I temporarily turned off the "hide protected operating system files" option to see if contents was the same) and got a message that access was denied. I was told by a tech that this was normal in Win 7 in order to stop people from changing options, etc. which could cause problems.

My question is this - was the tech correct by saying it was locked for protection? If the answer is yes, then who can access the directory? (I have system administrator rights.


A:User account - Local Settings

Hello Pierre,

Yes, he was correct. The faded shortcut protected OS folders are actually only "junction points" to the actual folder instead, and are not real folders. They are used for backwards compatibility for older XP type applications that still reference them by default instead of the newer default locations in Vista and Windows 7 now. They redirect the older application to the new Vista and Windows 7 locations instead.
Hope this helps,

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hi, yet again im not sure if this is possible but it would be really usefull if it is possible. the situation is that i have several computers in an office and id like to set up roaming profiles ie each user stores their setting and documents and these can be loaded on all the computers. is this possible without a copy of windows server?

A:Roaming profiles

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I'm trying to set up roaming profiles on my home network. I'm attempting to do this using a pc running Windows 7 Ultimate as my server or by using NAS via my router. First off is this at all possible? Second.. How? Everything that I've found online assumes that I'm doing this on an actual server and clearly that is not my goal. Thanks folks...

A:Roaming Profiles

To have roaming profiles you would need an active directory... to have an active directory you would need a domain... to have a domain you would need a domain controller... to have a domain controller you would need a server.
You can't run a desktop OS as a server.

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I'm try to sort out something here with the user profiles on my domain. The problem I have is that when users modify any file layout or anything while they are off the network, when they come back in, it picks up the server copy of their profile and repositions everything.

Is there a way that I can get it to pick up the server copy first? I'm guessing the only real solution would be to switch off roaming profiles and use just folder redirection?


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Given that I am normally quite proficient in most networking situations, but have absolutely no experience in a roaming profile setup, could anyone please help me with setting up roaming using profiles, or anything wherein I could have the systems at my job :

a. Not have to have the list of every person who needs to network to a particular system listed in their Control Panel/Users section

b. Have it so that if a password is changed on one system, it propegates to all other systems.

c. If a computer has a printer, it should not need to have each individual computer name who needs to use that printer listed in their control panels/user section

d. any other added benefits of roaming profiles.

I DO NOT HAVE windows 2000 server, so I am unsure whether this is even possible. Please answer asap, as it stands I have to shut down the server anyway, so if a reboot is needed or anything of the sort, this would concievably be the best time to do it.

A:Help With Roaming Profiles

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I have domain user accounts and have enabled profiles, but on one computer it dosnt seem to work it just uses a local profile but when i view the profiles it says roaming. The only thing different on this computer to the rest is that when i do ipconfig/all in cmdprompt IP Routing Enabled is set to yes when the others is set to No.

Does anyone have an idea?

A:Roaming Profiles

This is the error i get every time i login.

WIndows cannot locate your roaming prifile (read only) and is atempting to log you on with your local profile. Possible causes of this error include network problems or insufficient security rights. If this problem presists, contact your network administrator.

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Today i downloaded my photos from my camera to "my documents" in my roaming profile. However when i logged off, the server was not available (so did not get coppied as part of my roaming profile, but were still on the PC's local C: drive) However, when i logged back on, with the server available, it deleted the photos and replaced them with the Server version of my roaming profile. Now, surely Windows 2000 is clever enough to look for the latest version of my profile? (or so it says in the book).
So whats going on?

Cheers, Eddy

A:Roaming Profiles

The profile on the server always takes priority over the local profile regardless of what the book says. Theory vs. Practice

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My boss wants roaming profiles active and I have it all setup for the users but he wants to take the account that already exsists on the computer (Local Profile) and make that the persons roaming profile which I have no idea how to do or if its possible. Also most people here have logged onto more than one computer also.

My Idea was to copy all their files from the computers they have been on into their roaming profile file on the server and just delete there account off that computer. I think it would work it would just take time and frustration.

What do you think to do?

A:Roaming Profiles...


"When you logon to the network for the first time with a particular user account that has roaming enabled, a roaming profile is automatically created. "

Have the user pick their "favorite" workstation with the MOST data they want to retain and use this for first time login. After this you have to manually grab things from other systems.

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Here's the situation. I have about 75 users on a Local Area Network. The laptop users are complaining that when they make changes to their profile at home such as moving or renaming documents, those changes are not synchronized with their Roaming Profile when they log in at the office.

Any help would be appreciated.

We're using the following:

Windows 2000 Server SP4 (Member Server)
Laptop clients are a combination of 2000 & XP.
Caching is turned off on the share that houses their profiles.

To the best of my knowledge, this just started happening recently.

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Im using a roaming profile but it dosnt seem to work properly when i view the profiles in properties on my computer then user profiles it says for type Read and for Status Roaming for type it should be Roaming aswell anyone have any idea?

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i fixed that problem but with new user accounts it dosnt create a new profile on the server with the operrating systems using windows xp sp 2 only just windows xp with no sp. My domain controller is usign windows 2000 advanced server.

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I have recently updated our office computers to Windows 7 Professional. Before we used Windows XP Pro that made use of roaming profiles that was stored on a Win 2003 server.

Now with Win7 running it is creating new username.V2 folders in the roaming profile folder. Myself as administrator has no access to these newly created folders on the server, unless I take ownership of the folder. If I do this then the userprofile cannot be accessed by the user logging on at the workstation. A temporary profile is loaded and I get a message that all changes will be deleted when the user logs off. This still happens even if I give the user full permission to his folder.

The only way that I have found around this is to logon as the user, so that the .V2 folder is created. Log off and log on again as the user. I then go to the network share where the roamingprofiles is stored and give the administrator full access to the folder, will I am logged on as the user. Only then can I access the folder as the administrator on the server.

Is there another way to do this, or what am I doing wrong


A:Roaming Profiles and Win 7

Quote: Originally Posted by saintblade


I have recently updated our office computers to Windows 7 Professional. Before we used Windows XP Pro that made use of roaming profiles that was stored on a Win 2003 server.

Now with Win7 running it is creating new username.V2 folders in the roaming profile folder. Myself as administrator has no access to these newly created folders on the server, unless I take ownership of the folder. If I do this then the userprofile cannot be accessed by the user logging on at the workstation. A temporary profile is loaded and I get a message that all changes will be deleted when the user logs off. This still happens even if I give the user full permission to his folder.

The only way that I have found around this is to logon as the user, so that the .V2 folder is created. Log off and log on again as the user. I then go to the network share where the roamingprofiles is stored and give the administrator full access to the folder, will I am logged on as the user. Only then can I access the folder as the administrator on the server.

Is there another way to do this, or what am I doing wrong


This Technet thread has some solutions to the problem near the bottom of the page. It's a common problem with roaming profiles apparently and there seems to be a few ways to work around the problem. Hope this helps.
Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection with Windows 7

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All of our laptop users here use Roaming profiles but I'm having issues with them updating with the server. I had problems with the profile not unloading and therefore not updating so I downloaded and installed the UPHiveclean tool but this hasn't resolved the issue.

I've logged and restarted one particular laptop several times but it's not updating with the profile stored on the server.

Does anyone have a similar problem or a fix please.

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