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    XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    Hi,

    A user has said he's deleted his login profile so can't get into his PC.

    Have any of you experienced such a problem & if so, how did you fix it?

    Any tips would be appreciated.

    m.q.

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    Re: XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    Sheesh, if only I could have my 'druthers, I'd make it mandatory that each and every user of a "secure" operating system like Windows XP, should take some kind of training, be it self-teach or otherwise, on things you SHOULD (must) do for your own future protection! Now that I've got that off my chest, there's always the built-in ADMINISTRATOR account which Windows will NOT let you delete. Of course, all too many users don't know if that account has a password or not and so can't figure out how to logon as that permanent user. Then, there's always a re-install of the operating system. However, he/she does it, an obvious moral of this story is to ALWAYS have at least ONE "emergency" user profile, in addition to the built-in.

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    Re: XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    Gosh, I guess we'll have to help him also redo his configurations like network maps, printer driver installs etc.
    Also, if we are using a different login name, then I guess we may have to reset his username on the Server side as well.

    m.q.

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    Re: XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    If the other machines are "roughly identical", why not copy the All Users directory from them to Cocuments and Settings?
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    Re: XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    Seems to me if you have to use the Administrator account to get in to the machine, you simply create a "new" user account with the same name as the one he deleted. Yes, unfortunately, if there are no BACKUPS available, a whole bunch of settings would have to be re-created.

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    Re: XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    Just a suggestion which might not be appropriate, but have a look at SysInternal's PsPasswd utility, since "You can use PsPasswd to change the password of a local or domain account on the local or a remote computer. "

    The whole SysInternals website is a goldmine of administrator-type utilities -- I couldn't do my job without PSEXEC, for example!
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    Re: XP User Profile Deleted... (XP)

    Expanding on Al's thought....... can you use the Administrator Account on that machine to access System Restore ?? I don't know if that will bring back the lost profile or not, but it's worth a try. If you can't access the machine from it's own Administrator account, can you access it remotely and make changes as a System Administrator ??

    You might also want to look into FinalData if it's important that this account be reestablished as it was. Personally, I use and swear by GoBack for these types of situations. There is alot of negative press about GoBack being a system & resource hog and slowing things down. But with todays fast processors and massive hard drives it has become a non-issue. It's a full-time, real-time safety net that's automatic. And it's "rollback" feature is a real plus for administrators of public computers and networks where all data is stored on the server. Just "rollback" all the clients at the end of the day to their original configuration.
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