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I deleted a domain user profile but it did not free up space on the computer. The C: users folder for that person is gone though.

Q: I deleted a domain user profile but it did not free up space on the computer. The C: users folder for that person is gone though.


Please note that I have a domain user with a laptop, then someone else from the same domain logged on and it created a profile. I tried to delete it to free up disk space. I logged off all users and disconnected the laptop from the network. Then I logged on
with a local admin account, went to start, right click on computer -> properties, advanced system settings, settings for user profile and selected the profile and clicked the delete button.

This window told me that user was using ~60GB however after I clicked delete, I noticed my C drive space did not change. Please help. I also checked in control panels, user accounts and that profile name is no longer there. I also checked the HKEY_Users and
HKEY_Local_machine->software->microsoft->windows NT->current version->profile list and that user is not there.

I am very low on disk space ~10GB left and wanted to delete that profile to free up space as that person has their own computer.

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As of today, in our domain environment consisting of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Enterprise machines, we are experiencing the "User Profile service failed the sign-in - User profile cannot be loaded" error message whenever a user tries to login.
This only affects users new to the particular machine. If they have signed on before and already have a cached account the computer logs them in with no issue. This is occurring on both Win8.1 and Win7 machines. We are an academic institution so this is becoming
a huge problem in our labs. Students generally use different computers so this is popping up very frequently. I have a solution for the issue. It appears that on the non-working machines that the "Default" user profile is corrupt. I have discovered
that if I find a machine, Win8.1 or Win7, doesn't matter, that is allowing first time users to logon I can copy the "Default" user profile and replace the corrupt one. I must first permanently delete the corrupt profile before copying over the new
one. I am doing this over the network by navigating the C:\users\ folder. Even this way is becoming cumbersome though as we have over 1000 computer in labs. I have googled and googled and I keep seeing the same answers offering various solutions, none which
are any more practical than my method. I cannot find information on a cause or a reason of why this would just crop up out of nowhere. I suspect maybe a Windows update but I cannot verify that yet. ... Read more

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Hi all,

Something a bit curious...wondering why when I configure a system, the username folder in C:\Users has two:
username and username.domain.

My guess is that when I first start configuring the system, it asks for the user of the system, I input the user, THEN when the computer is added to the domain, a new folder is created with the username, but with the domain appended.

Soooo, can I safely remove one of them, or should I leave them alone?

Thanks in advance!


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I am networking, among others, 2 Win7 machines and 1 Win8 machine. One of the Win7's used the same user name and password as the Win8 machine. I wanted to fix it so that the two usernames and passwords were different--specifically I wanted to alter the Win7 user name and password. I though first about just changing the username on the Win7 machine, but recalled that doing so would not change the related user profile folder name in C:\Users. I could not recall how to do so. I found this tutorial on our Windows 7 forum. From a thread on the our Win 8 forum, I learned that the procedures of the tutorial also apply to Win8 (maybe there is a related Win8 tutorial that I didn't find).

After reading through the tutorial, I was uncertain about a few things and also could not figure out why proceeding as described would be advantageous in regard to what seemed like an easier way to get at least mostly the same result. So, instead of using the tutorial,

1. I added a new (administrative user--the level I wanted) having the user name and password I wanted.
2. Copied the files and desktop items (shortcuts and a few folders) I would need from the old account/desktop to the new account/desktop.
3. Did minor desktop customization on the new desktop (I usually don't do much theme-wise.
4. Deleted the old account, and all was good once I joined my HomeGroup and shared a few not HomeGroup items. The stage now is set to do an a Win7, Win8, Lion, and Mt. Lion networking experiment that I am i... Read more

A:Change User Profile Folder Name in C:\Users

Hello znod,

I agree that it is best and safer to create a new account instead of trying to rename the old user profile folder.

The tutorial is just how to do it if one really wants to, but I do have the note at the top of the tutorial that would be best to create a new account instead.

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Just joined this forum recently, so this is my first post. Anyways, I've been looking online for a method to simply delete the folder of an old user profile in C:\Users. I have yet to come across a successful method. The message that appears when I try to delete the folder is "You require permission from ('computer-name'\Administrator to make changes to this folder". Any proven methods or tips? It's not a big problem or anything, just a mere nuisance.

I also wish to rename my active user profile folder to something else...

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I recently purchased a Lenovo C930 laptop.  I am not sure why, but it created a folder under to a name i did not set myself.  I attepted to rename the folder within C: > Users folder.  I know. Not smart. I was following a tutorial video online.  I went through Registry Editor > HKEU_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList > Deleted an item in the Profile List> Double-clicked another item in Profile List > Double-clicked ProfileImagePath > Renamed the Value Data I also had gone into Computer Management > Local and Groups Users, and now I am not able to view this item. I would like to get my laptop working it did. Thanks for all the help.

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Hey guys,

This is my first time posting, but it's a doozy. I built a computer for the first time about a year ago, and was able to get everything up and running just fine. My main hard drive is an SSD, and I used robocopy / symlink to copy my users folder to a different drive with more space, and to create a junction to it from the SSD.

This setup has been fantastic 99.9% of the time - however - Shortly after getting everything working I ran into this problem while installing software and was able to fix it after a week long freak out and lots of obsessive research....but it's happened again (installing the same software) and for the life of me I cannot remember or find any information that I used previously.

I started to install all of my 3D software (I am a 3D Designer and use Maya / 3DS Max, etc.) While installing VRay for Maya, I start getting errors that windows can't connect to my Users folder. I minimize my windows and nothing on my desktop will open. Upon reboot, I am informed that my User Profile Service won't let me login.

Troubleshooting so far:

I used safe mode to login, and of course everything on my desktop was gone. I used system recovery to the most recent date, which allowed me to login, however my desktop / users folder is still missing. I ran a registry fixer and found all kinds of errors, "fixed" them, then I couldn't login again. Recovered again, booted from my windows 7 CD and attempted to move my actual ... Read more

A:Windows can't find users folder / User Profile Service can't Login

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. On reading your post - and I did so three times, the first thing that jumped out at me was
I ran a registry fixer and found all kinds of errors, "fixed" them, then I couldn't login again.Click to expand...

You can run most registry fixes on a computer with a clean install of windows and they will find errors.
The problem is 99.9% of the time, they are NOT errors, they are simply errors that the program considers exist.
It is accepted by many people that registry fixes should not be installed and again many of them will sooner or later cause more problems than EVER they solve.

I do appreciate that this is probably NOT what you wanted to read in response, but it would be remiss of me if I did not warn you of the situation.

3. NOW to the actual problem
As far as I know, there is no sure fire way of moving a user profile in its entirety to a different drive, than that which it was originally installed on.
YOU can of course establish a new account and move the personal data from the corrupted user account OR you can move simply the personal data to another location

HOWEVER please see below

By changing the default location of the user profile directories or program data folders to a volume other than the System volume, you will not be able to service your Windows installation. Any updates, fixes, or service packs will fail to be applied to the installation. Microsoft does not recommend that you change the loca... Read more

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Ok - first off - please no spankings!! I stepped on my wilie and I know it! And worse - I knew better...

This is about a fundamentally ok and up-to-date Windows 7 Ultimate system with plenty of resources and no virus or malware problems. Just a user prob...

I had (and still do) an 86 GIG user profile (like I said - no spankings!!). I've been making attempts to "fix" this and resize to something reasonable for some time now. Today I (foolishly) thought System Restore would cover me, set a restore point, and ran a script to 'clean up' the profile. Well - it sure did - now every thing is "new".... And of course the system restore fails with the dreaded 0x0800700xx error code. Have tried all the restore-fixes and nothing works. Now I don't even have the old restore files!

I'd like to get back to the old humongous profile - and IT STILL IS THERE! However it doesn't show up in "Local Users and Groups".

One repair I tried (which only sorta worked) was to log in as an Admin, and copy all the files in "AVR" (the lost one) to the new one "AVR.GBXBOX". I took several hours to copy all the files over (no spanking!!) and when I restarted, the "AVR.GFXBOX" is still the current user but only behaves somewhat like the original. But still isn't quite right: Outlook thinks it hasn't run and I had 6 email accounts I rather not have to rebuild. And other similar probs...

So with all that sad whining - my ... Read more

A:How do I restore "deleted" user profile (can find the file in Users)

Can you go to Start / Control Panel / User Accounts / Manage another account ? (the 'old user' account?)

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hi.. one of my colleague's user profile from our domain on her own computer has a missing recycle bin and the weird problem is.. even if we deleted her profile from the server and recreate another one it is the same problem... the desktop icons are the same as before and even the desktop wallpaper is the same as before the profile being deleted. i re-created twice and twice the recycle bin is missing. but when i went to another computer.. and logged in with the user's profile.. the recycle bin is there! even when i right click on exploring the windows explorer.. the recycle bin is no where to be found. can anyone tell me whats going on?

A:Recycle Bin icon missing from a domain's user's profile on a particular computer.

This may help http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm line #64 on the right.

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We have removed a computer from the domain because of some network issues.
When we logged in to the computer as a local administrator we've noticed that the user folder of the domain user who was previously logged to that computer was almost empty(except for the appdata folder).
When we joined the pc back in the domain the computer made a new profile.
Unfortunaly the user did save some documents on his dekstop in the old profile.
Is there a possibilty to recover the documents.

The computer runs Windows 7 64 bit.

The old profile is not listed in the profile list in the system properties and also not visible as a profile in the register.

A:Corrupt user profile when removing and adding computer to domain

It's not a roaming profile and the hidden files are shown (also the protected operating files ares shown)
I only see the appdata folder

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I would like quidance on the best way of deleting an old domain user account.
The user account (call it domact1) does not show up in the User Accounts Control Panel.  The local users do, (I expected that) but is still listed in the directory.  Many of the files and folders have been deleted, but it is still there. 
The computer is no longer in the domain, in fact the domain does not exhist any longer.
Domact1 does not appear in the Local Account listing (as expected).  It does appear in c:\users\  Information is normally hidden (you can change the view settings and permissions).  I would expect that deleting a local account also deletes
registry information for the user account.  How should I delete the account.  I suspect that I can just delete the C:USERS\DOMACT1 directory and  subdirectories (I have not tried that) or is there a way to also delete all the registry entries
also?  I also have the local domain administrator account.
Running Windows 7 Professional 32bit.
Thanks is advance.

A:What is the correct way to delete a Domain Profile (user acct) from a WorkGroup computer?

Right click Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings. On the Advanced tab, choose the Settings-button under User Profiles. Delete the profile you want deleted.

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I removed a user from "C:\Users" directory manually and removed it from "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList" too, But When I want logging to the system via that username then I got "The User
Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded", I disjoin my system from domain and rejoin it but problem exist.
How can I solve it?

Thank you.

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Hi. Sorry my language i am from Portugal, and is the first time i post in this f?rum!

I have a question!

I working with several computers in a domain! After restarting before installing the operating system again, I was wondering how do I set the same profile for all profiles!
In windows XP configured a profile with a user, and then put it in the default user folder!
In Windows 7 I have no idea!!!

Any ideia?

A:How to have same profile for all users in the domain!

Hi WildCatPT, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Windows 7 default user profile must be configured and customized in so called Audit Mode when no user profiles exist. In your case, deploying the same image to several computers, the procedure is as follows:Start Windows 7 installation on your reference computer
After installation boots to OOBE / Welcome mode after last reboot, enter Audit Mode
Customize the default user profile
Generalize the Windows image with Sysprep
Capture the image
Deploy the image (install to other computers using the captured image)

See this tutorial for instructions in customizing Windows default user profile in Audit Mode: User Profile - Customize During Installation.

Notice that as this tutorial is made to show how to customize default profile in just one computer as opposite to your need to do it for several computers, you need to change the /reboot switch in Sysprep command told in Step 3 to /shutdown switch in order to be able to capture the image before any user accounts have been created.

In your case, the Sysprep command told in Step 3 must look like this (changed part highlighted):

%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:E:\DefaultProfile.xml
More complete walkthrough tutorial for preparing a Windows image for deployment, including default user profile customization: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep


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I'm wondering if there's a way to have a default domain profile but to make sure that it only applies to the XP PC's?

We run a Windows Server 2003 domain with XP clients. In my last company I configured a default domain profile which lived in the netlogon share. The only problem was that when an administrator logged onto one of the Windows 2003 Servers they would also get the default profile, which had been configured for XP.

Thanks in advance


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we had a windows server 2008 Domain network.
now we have deployed a brand new windows server 2012 R2 forest.
so we must disjoin client computers from previous domain and join them to this new domain.
when users of this new domain login to their computers, new profile folder is created for them (e.g. c:\users\u1.newdomain.lab, but this folder definitely doesn't contain their previous profile folder contents (desktop, documents, App data....)
what is the best solution to migrate user profiles from each previous user to related new user without any problem ?
i tried copying the entire profile folder of each user & replace it on the profile folder new user, but some problem arises, when this new user tries to login using this replaced profile folder.
i am not sure is it right forum to ask user profile related question?
thanks in advanced

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User profile is set up for network access. The user can go to any computer on the network and login. However, there is one computer on the network that will not allow the user to login. It says "The User Profile Service failed the logon user profile
cannot be loaded". This issue only happens on this single computer for this singe user's profile. Other users can use that computer to logon just fine. What's going on?

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Usually in outllook express if someone you know is e-mailig you and it goes right to the deleted box not the inbox then you have somehow put them into the blocked senders list. This person is not in the blocked senders list but still going to the deleted folder instead ot the inbox, can anyone tell me why and how to fix it? there is no other spam program on the computer just use block senders list and I have looked through it 4 times very slowly and the person is not in it but yet they always go to the deleted box instead of the inbox. Can you help?

A:Windows xp home sp2-Outlook express 6 one person going to deleted folder not inbox

I don't use Outlook Express, but can you right click and add this person to the "safe senders list"? I know you said they weren't in the blocked senders list . . . but you know how computers are sometimes.

It would be a simple thing to try before moving on to other options.

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A twist on the creation of user folders on a drive other than C: in Win 7 Ultimate. Does anyone know if one could designate a user folder location such as E:\Data instead of using the users name and being a subdirectory of "Users". I am the ONLY one on my computer - and it would seem much easier to look to the top folder in the E drive than clicking thru E:, users, name, documents, project. I fully realize that I can set up shortcuts, but when you are in an application that wants to place a file somewhere else and presents you with an explorer windows it is a pain. The only method I thought of is using redirection with symbolic links. Every time I try to use symbolic links, I end up with something other than I anticipated. Any ideas would be appreciated - setting up new machine so anything goes!

A:User Profile folder - static folder instead of created by user signon

User Profile - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Forums

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Server 2012R2Active DirectoryDHCP/DNSClient OS: Windows 10 Professional
I have read other posts about this issue and the solutions are not valid for what my environment is experiencing.  
Domain user logs off or reboot's pc and on login all profile data is gone. Profile data is not located in a TEMP profile or bak. There isn't any corrupted profiles in the registry.

dcdiag is clean.netlogon stop and startWindows 10 update are off, as best they can be.PC's scanned for viruses and none found.Users removed from Domain Guests group and added to Domain Users group if they were not already in there.
If it wasn't for multi-day end user backups I would be at the end of my rope.
Has anyone heard of an Microsoft RCA as of yet?

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I am trying to rename a user profile under C:\Users (I am logged into the Administrator profile on my computer), and am getting an error that the folder or file is in use, so I cannot rename it.

I have tried multiple options to fix it after researching online:
I tried ending the "explorer.exe" process, and then restarting it via "new task" in task manager. It was suggested that this would "unlock" the file or folder for a short period of time. It did not work for me.
I tried clearing both my recycle bin and my "Thumbnails" folders from Disk Cleanup. That also did not work for me.
I was going to try to disable thumbnail caching temporarily by following instructions online, but the computer was unable to locate "gpedit.msc".
Could anyone advise? This is a very important step of a process I'm being worked with on in a separate thread and I cannot proceed until I have renamed this file, and am afraid to restart the computer since I've just done a "takeown" command on this Administrator profile.

A:Unable to rename user profile folder under Administrator profile

Boot into Safe Mode and try again.

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Ok, so i currently have 5 workstations connected to an sbs2003 Acer server / domain. Im about to replace the old Acer server (sbs2003) with a new IBM x3200 Server (sbs2011). On the workstations, i know i will need to add them to a workgroup, and then rejoin them to the new server / domain. But how do i retain the current users profiles on the workstations once they have been joined to the domain? Anyone who has had experience with this would be most appreciated :):):)

A:Domain / User Profile


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FREE TOOL - How to convert the local domain profile to a only local profile?
We have a Windows 7 PC, joined to a a Windows Domain
Windows 7 PC owner was authorized to keep his PC "as is", with all content in it, including several different softwares, including MS Outlook 2013 and many others
The only thing they asked, it it to create a new local user and they asked to migrate the full (local stored) domain profile to his new local (loca user) profile, keeping, colors, sizes of icons, applications.. everything as currently is 
So, there is a free tool to do this? I found a FirenseIT tool, but it requires a fee to pro/enterprise editions

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I can't seem to have a user on my domain have a local profile on this one computer of mine.

One of my users (see pic), named ben has a local profile... however when I added another user, nicole, using the window on the right. The user doesn't even appear in the profiles settings over on the left. I've logged in with nicole and it says it can't find the roaming profile, and is going to use a temporary profile. But when I go to change the profile from roaming to local, the "local profile" option is grayed out when i'm logged in as nicole. when I'm logged in as an administrator, nicole doesn't appear on the profile settings list, so I can't change it there either... I'm a bit confused.

My PDC is running samba on a linux box... The worst part is, roaming profiles aren't even enabled in the samba settings!!

If there is any other information you need from me please let me know.


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The user profile logon I currently use is assoicated with an NT domain. Is there a way to keep the user profile, but sign on without connecting to the domain, i.e. as a local computer user? If I remove the domain name and substitute it with (local computer), it doesn't allow a sign on. I'd like to keep all of my settings, but use them without signing on to our NT network. Thanks.

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I have a laptop (Windows XP Pro) that I have been using for work so I have been logging in (both when I'm in the office and on the network and when I am offline at home) using a work-related domain user. I will no longer be working with that company and so would like to cease to use that domain user.

How can I make that user a local user no longer associated with the domain? Alternatively, how can I easily copy all the user profile settings and files?

I have tried "Copy To" from System>Advanced>User Profiles but the Copy To button is grayed out for the domain user I wish to copy. I have also copied the ntuser files to a new local user which seemed to go okay. Except that I am stuck on how to 1) disconnect Outlook from my work's Exchange (Outlook won't open in the new user profile) and 2) get my ACT (from Sage) database synching with the remote. It all just seems a bit more than I can figure out.

Easiest thing would be to just "unhook" the domain user profile from the domain and have it be strictly local...?

Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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My system is under of domain when i logon on my system with domain user system shows me you are logon with temporary profile. And i check in cmd my profile shows on this way ( C:\Users\Temp:000 )
how to solve this issue........Help

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     i have windows 7 prof 64 bit machine. And this machine under the domain and i have install printer on that machine.
When domain user logon on there machine and try to set default printer it is not able to set default.I want to set this as default .so how can i solve this issue........help

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I have a new user object on the domain
New PC Fresh Image joined to the domain
Each time this user logs in they get a Temp profile. Whats odd is that no matter what machine new old XP Win 7 they get a temp profile. 

Any thoughts about the user object? It's not a roaming profile and it's the same default user that everyone gets.

A:New User on domain always gets a Temp profile. On any machine.

What does the user object mean?  Is a domain user account? And what is the meaning of  the same default user that everyone gets? Is it a local user?
Do you mean that any machine gets a temp profile when this user account logs in?
Here are two discussions and one guide about logging on with temporary profile issue.  
Temporary profile loads at log in
Windows 7 - windows 7 creating temp user profile
Vista - User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile
Hope that helps.Ivan-Liu
TechNet Community Support

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I know, the MS way is to use SysPrep, but that seems enormously OTT when all I want to do is create a Windows 7 Default Profile for our domain.

So, according to my (Google driven) research an easier method is toLogon with a user account
Make it 'so' (i.e. set the default profile how you want it for all new users)
Log off
Log on as Admin
Rename c:\users\default (as default.bak, or .old, whatever)
Rename the folder for the user account used in step 1 to 'default'
Apply Full control permissions to 'Everyone' on the new Default folder.

Except that at step 7 I get 'Access Denied' on many of the profile's sub-folders...be that with our domain's administrator account or the local administartor account.

Am I doing something wrong (polite answers only, please!)?

A:Creating a new Default user profile for our domain

One thing that could cause this issue is the fact that the user folder tree contains some symbolic links for compatability with badly written older programs, that assume the folder name will always be the same, over OS changes.

The default for these symlinks is to have a deny permission set for all users including admins to prevent the accidental creation of endless loop situations, where links are called for folders they link to

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Ok, we've moved all our users to a new domain and for all but one I was able to use a migration tool to do all the grunt work.

However one users already had a profile on the new domain so I was not able to migrate their old info over using the tool so I have to do it manually.

This is something I have only done a few times and none of them recently.

Someone have a link to a guide or how-to for this or can explain in in easy steps?

I have already joined his PC to the new domain and now just need to move over his profile/email/outlook...etc.


A:[resolved] Joined to new domain, need to move user profile

Easier than I thought, just copied all his old stuff over, move his pst file and reconnected and he was good to go.

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Hi All,
Im facing a wierd problem regarding "users management" in a domain.
User profile on node was created by running login script from the domain (Domain Win2000 and Node Win XP) when node was connected to domain.
When i delete the user account thru "Document and Settings" or thru "User Profiles in advanced tab in System Properties", it does not delete user account completely.
Even though after i delete the user account it does not show up anywhere, but when i try to login with deleted user name it let me login and then create it at appropriate location.(No matter the node is conected to domain or not)

I tried the whole procedure with disconnected node as well connected.
It's not working out.
Is there any other location where XP stores the login info (i kno a little about sam log file, but don't know wht to do with that)
Also tried deleting thru Registry Keys. No go.

I'll really appreciate if any of you guys could help me out with this problem.
In case u have any clue please email it to me at "[email protected]" or try to chat with me at "[email protected]" or [email protected]"

Thanking in anticipation
Cheers !

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Logged in as admin to a machine and I can see under System Properties\User Profiles around 10 profiles stored on the machine, both local and domain accounts (those were basically logged on to the machine before, which got their profile cached), but I'm
unable to delete any of the domain accounts (delete button greyed out). I am however able to delete the local accounts. Any idea why that might be the case? Those accounts are not in use on the machine, and as far as I can see, there's no GPO setting disabling
the option of deleting domain account profiles that are stored on the machine. With the same set of GPOs applied to other machines, I am able to delete profiles just fine.

A:Option to delete domain user profile greyed out

I don't know how to explain it but I am sure if you reboot in safe mode you will be able to remove domain profiles. Also I believe you will be able to do that if you logon as domain user (with admin rights on that workstation). Please give me your feedback.

It may help as well. Information from 2003
To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.If the computer is joined to a domain, members of
the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.
Looks like it is by design.

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I have the same issue the other user mentions. I can log on as a domain admin, but not as a domain user. There are only 4 profiles in the registry, with no .bak extensions:

1 is the default user
2 is the localservice account
3 is the networkservice account
4 is the local "Administrator" account

I was assuming the problem was with the default user, so I followed the article previously mentioned, and changed the RefCount from "1" to "0", and the State was already set to "0". I am still unable to log in with any domain account except for domain administrators.

Anyone know how to fix this?


A:The user profile service failed the logon - on Domain

Welcome TVbowman to the windows 7 forums.

What is the server that your trying to log into ? windows server 2008r2 or 2003 or what?
Also, are you trying to login to the console or rdp or just map a drive?
Also, is the regular user allowed to login via the security configuration of the server and AD?


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Our school is moving from a Workgroup setup to a Domain (Active Directory.) I'm having a problem though. When I set up new users all of their local settings disappear. So now I'm looking for an easy way to migrate User Profiles from the Local User to the new active directory user. I know microsoft has the Active Directory Migration Tool but is that truly the BEST way to do it?? The guide is like 100000 pages long so I'm not even sure if I want to go that route. Thanks in advance guys.

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Ive had Bt wireless broadband for quite some time now and ive recently been meaning to create a website on my hobbies etc. Ive heard that in some packages BT provide free web hosting space and a domain in some.

Is this true?

Thanks in advance.

A:Do i get free web hosting space and domain with bt broadband?

You should find the answers to your questions HERE.

Regards Howard

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I deleted a user profile by going into

Control Panel



User Profiles

The user profile is successfully deleted.

However when I go to the initial logon screen, that user (that I deleted) is still listed. How do I complete the removal?

Thank you

A:Deleted User Profile


In Control Panel under User Accounts does it still show the User account that you deleted?
If so, try accessing that account and see if the option to Delete the account is there.

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After searching the various online forums, nothing seemed to address the issue we ran into, so, I am posting this to hopefully save someone time and anxiety.
During routine clean up of our AD, we inadvertently deleted some groups and users from AD. We did not realize the impact until the following Monday (deletions occurred the previous Friday afternoon). GPO's were in use to push the deleted
groups containing the deleted users to critical workstations. The end result were many machines crippled due to disappearing rights as GP refreshed on the computers. Keep in mind at the time, we did not realize the GPO's contained the rights assignments,
the system was setup by a vendor and we were left with little to no training. We were under the impression the GPO's were for desktop/security settings only. In fact, the GPO's were also pushing down group assignments, file system rights, etc.
When we began getting calls about issues, we did realize that the objects were deleted, however, at that time, we did not know restoring individual objects was an option. What took us an entire day to nail down, could have potentially been resolved in about
15 minutes using LDP.EXE (web search it). The issue was that, like any deleted account, group assignments AND GPO's were left with broken SID's in them rather than account names. Most technical folks would expect this, in fact, we did anticipate this once
we realized the issue but did not expect to see this in ... Read more

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In frustration with wmp not reading my music and not being able to manage libraries, I found that I could still access my music thro wmp on a diffent user account. Decicded to just delete my original user account. Clicked save files from account and it did put up a file on the desktop (Dave) click on it..file is empty. For some reason I cannot restore to any earlier point. Looked into a file recovery but just photos alone were 14000 and i would have to sift thro and select each from a pile of rubish. Are my files being stored in some other place? can I restore my original profile?


A:Deleted user profile

Have a look in C:\Users
Should be a folder called deleted user.old where deleted user is the actual name of the user you deleted.

If it's not there, the folder may be in the root of the C: drive instead.

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I deleted the user profile on my Dell Inspiron 1525 when I received the "User Profile Service cannot to loaded" and now all of my files are gone. Is there any way to retrieve them? I followed instructions on Microsofts website. HELP!!

A:deleted user profile - everything gone!!

Hello Dalen, and welcome to Vista Forums.

While logged in another administrator account, double check to see if the old C:\Users\(user-name) folder for the deleted user account is still there. If it is, then you should be able to copy file back from the user folders in it.

Hope this helps,

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I accidently deleted my user profile - there is still an entry named UNKNOWN ACCOUNT but I do not have a user name or password. How do I rename that profile and/or transfer the information to a new user profile?

A:deleted user profile

Welcome to TSG!

Which OS are you using? The more details you supply, the better the answers you get.

You could copy the default profile to a new name to save, then copy the unknow profile over the old default profile. Then create a new account and login to that account. It will get the new default profile which will be the unknown account profile. After successfully getting that profile, you can copy the original default profile that you saved back over the current default profile to return that to its original state. This works in w2k, I'm not sure about XP, but it should be the same.

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My user profile became corrupted after years of problem-free usage (no clue why), so now I always end up in a temporary account after a reboot.

As per Microsoft's instructions I found here Fix a corrupted user profile - Windows Help, I

1. created a new account
2. logged out and logged in again using another account (not the newly created one)
3. tried to copy the data from the account that had its user profile corrupted to the new account.

However, under C:\Users, the user folder I want to copy from is a white generic icon (not a folder) and it is padlocked and has a size of 0KB - so I can't open it to copy from. Looking at how much data is on C: it looks as if all my data could still be there (I hope).

How could I get access to copy all data from my old account into the new account?

Many thanks in advance for some hints as to what to do!

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We have several user profiles that we would like to delete when setting up Windows 7 images so that old users do not have their folders stored on the new images. However, after manually deleting the folders under C:\Users and then
locating their keys in the registry and deleting those, the users' folders return immediately after any of our computers that we try this on gets rebooted.

Is there another step that we're missing? I've been searching around online and have been unable to locate any solutions. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Unable to permanently delete domain user profile folders

I think the right way to delete a profile would be Right click on My computer -> Properties -> Advanced System settings -> Advanced -> user profiles -> settings. Here you can select the required profile and then delete it.Janaki Hariharan

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I have not been able to find an answer that matches the issue I'm facing. I had recently setup a laptop for a user and soon after, he was experiencing issues that I thought might be profile related. So, I did what always worked for me on prior versions of
Windows without any fuss or side affects.
I logged in under the local Administrator account, I went into: System Properties>User Profiles>Settings and removed the user profile from there. When I do that, I get an error message:
Profile Error
Profile not deleted completely. Error - A required privilege is not held by the client
Ok, no problem I think. I just need to delete the user's profile directory under the users folder right? So I do this and figure when I try to log in again as the user that a new profile will be created. However, this is not what happens exactly. I login
with the user credentials and it logs in successfully. However, I get a pop saying:
You have been logged on with a temporary profile
You cannot access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you log off. To fix this, log off and try logging on later.
Please see the event log for details or contact your system administrator
So my question is; why did the profile not delete completely after both deleting the user profile under System Properties and after deleting the actual profile directory? What did I miss and what is the proper method of deleting a user profile completely
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A:How To Properly Delete a User Profile on Windows 7 in a Domain environment

Sorry for my dilatory reply. Obviously, you encounter a problem when removing a user from system. Generally speaking, we can delete a user profile in Control Panel:

While, for your operation, it just delete the User Profile, next time you login system, it would use Default Profile to login, then you would see a temporary profile login.

Roger Lu
TechNet Community Support

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I recently deleted a user account, and clicked yes to also delete all associated files...the user was successfully deleted, however, the user's folders/files remain, and cannot be deleted. Is it possible to associate that user's folder with a new user's login? If not, what needs to be done in order to delete the remaining user folder?

A:Deleted user account, but user folder was not deleted.

You will need to be signed on as a user that is part of the administrator account to delete the user account folder.

You can't associate the folder with a new user (well not easily) but you can copy the contents of documents, music etc to a new user.


Sign on as an administratorCreate a new userSign on to the new user and sign offSign on as an administrator againCopy the data you want to the new users folderDelete the old user folder

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Hello,I'm running Windows XP with Avast! Antivirus.My computer restarted itself two days ago in the middle of the night, which is not out of the ordinary because I run Automatic Updates at that time, and as a result, the system may sometimes have to be restarted. Although, I don't know the real reason it restarted this time, and I'm very suspicious about it.When it rebooted, a window was displayed stating:"Error: Data Error (cydicredundancy check)(23)c:\Documents and Settings\Allusers.WINDOWS\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\Recovery\SearchPixieBar.zipc:\Documents and Settings\User 1\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\AntiPhishingc:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\inetin51.exe"When I clicked on "OK", it hung on me, so I had to restart it manually. It took a long time to reboot, when it did, it said that it couldn't locate the profile, and would open in the "default profile".So, of course, anything to do with my personal settings is not loaded. If I try to reboot it again, the same thing happens.* The computer is very slow, whether I'm opening a program, opening a webpage, or even opening a dropdown menu.* I tried to open "Super Anti Spyware" and received this error message:"RUNAS.EXE - Entry point not foundThe procedure entry point RegDeleteKeyExW could not be located in the dynamic link library ACVAP132.dll."* I... Read more

A:User Profile Deleted / Corrupted?

This doesn't look like malware to me, but rather a hardware issue. Cyclic Redundancy Check errors on a hard disk means either that there is some sort of damage to the hard drive, the cable, or the motherboard controller which is causing data to be read incorrectly from the disk.At this point, it would be a very good idea to ensure that you have made backups of all your important personal files as there is a chance that your hard drive is failing. Once it fails for good, the cost of recovering any data thereon becomes prohibitive. So, it is very important that you make backup copies of your personal files while you still can access them.The first step we should take here is to run the manufacturer's diagnostic utility. Diagnostic utilities are available from the hard drive manufacturer's website for free and can often times diagnose and correct non-fatal errors. If you need help determining the manufacturer of your hard drive, let me know.

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This problem is reoccuring with every reboot or on startup. My user name and password are accepted during the boot process but all my e-mail accounts are deleted, and internet settings deleted (homepage,favorites, etc.). I am the only user and also the administrator. Also deleted are my address book and folders in Outlook Express.
Have successfuly used win2k and outlook express on this computer for last few months with no promlems. Just started to happening over the weekend!

A:User profile deleted in win2k


It sounds like your main profile got corrupted. Have a look inside your "Documents and Settings" folder. I have a feeling that you will find an "Administrator" and an "Administrator.000" directory. If you look in the folders inside the administrator profile, all your data will be stored in there. It would be easiest just to copy all the folders from the old profile to the new (the one with the ".000" ending) profile.

A likely cause for this to hapopen is if you installed a program like McAfee, and used your own account to start the services. What this does, is when the PC starts and before you log in, it opens your profile to start the McAfee services. Then, when you try to log in, the system tries to open the profile again, but it can't, as a file can only be opened by one process at a time. So, the system creates a new profile for you.

This is one of the main reasons why you should never use the Administrator's account as your everyday account. Always, create a user account for yourself, and use that on day to day business. If you need to install a program, go into the admin account and install the program.

Hope this helps

Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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