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How can I force windows NT to recreate ntuser.dat file? I want to do this because sometimes there is a problem is printing and the user can not add printer, by deleting this file, the problem was solved.
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When a user login to NT, a profile is assinged.  If you deleted the ntuser.dat in the \winnt_root\profiles folder, NT will automatically created a new utuser.dat file which is a copy of portions of the HKEY_CURRENT_USER Registry subtree.  Make sure this user is either a roaming user profile or local user profile.  You can check the status of the profile under Control Panel-System-User Profiles tab.   If it is, you shall be able to add printer to the user's profile, provided that you have administrator's rights.  If the user's profile is a mandatory profile, then you have to change it to a roaming profile, then add printer, then change it back to mandatory, if that is what you wanted.
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The users' profiles are not stored locally, they are stored on a server. When I delete the ntuser.dat file and the user login to the domain from any workstation, the file is not re-created.

Another thing, what is roaming profile and mandatory profile?
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Roaming user profiles are those profiles which you store on a logon server instead of on the user's local computer.

Mandatory user profiles are profiles that users cannot modify.  Amandatory user profile can be a roaming user profile.

If the the profile is stored in the server, then in User Manager For Domains, view the properties for the user.  Click on Profiles to display the User Environment Profile dialog box.  Enter the path to the user's roaming user profile using the UNC name, ie. \\user\%username%.  Make sure you created the folders ahead of time.  Then NT will create an user profile in the \\user\%username%.  Then when the user logoff, the current profile information will be saved in the profile path.

Let me know if I can be more help.
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I'm sure now that windows DOES NOT create the file ntuser.dat when deleted. I tried it many times, let me know if you have information why the system does not create it.

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