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Looking for win.ini in the wrong location

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I have a Windows 2000 server running Metaframe 1.8.  Everything has been working fine for some time.  I got a call from a user who was having trouble with an app.  The way this app works is it looks in the WIN.INI file for the location of another INI file.  Normally it looks in D:\HOME\<USER NAME>\WINDOWS directory.  I installed SysInternals FileMon and for some reason it is looking in D:\HOME\<USER NAME>\WINDOWS\DSI for WIN.INI.  What tells the system where to find the WIN.INI file?
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In NT the registry appears to have that information. The Key I'm looking at is:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\win.ini

See if that helps you at all. Good luck!

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<name here> could be Windows NT, Windows, or Win2k

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\<name here>\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\win.ini

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Here's the link directly from Microsoft:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/sysinfo/regapi_9zu6.asp

Here's the answer they give:

Windows NT/2000/XP: The system maps most .ini file references to the registry, using the mapping defined under the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
        Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping

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I don't see where the file path is anywhere in there.
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I forgot to mention that in the AD user properties, under Profile, I have the Home Folder Local Path set to: D:\HOME\<USER NAME>
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Sorry, I took you to deep into it. Try here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion and see if your directory is listed there.

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If that doesn't work check for environment variables to see if something references win.ini or that directory. I doubt it will though. It is most probably going to be somewhere in the registry. The places I showed you are the only ones I know of so far that might contain this info.

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It looks for the WIN.INI in different place for each user since each user has a different Home Folder Local Path.

The first place I looked at was environment variables.  None pointed to the Home Folder Local Path.
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Take a look through this documentation and see if you can find something that will help. I'm not very familiar with 2000 so you might be better off searching for what you need than me. I'll keep looking though.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/server/help/lsm_profile_homedirectory.htm

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Could it possibly be in a login script? Have you checked that possibility???

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It does not have anything to do with a login script.  I will look at your link tomorrow.
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It must be stored in the user profile.  As soon as I deleted C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\<username>, it worked fine again.

Thanks for trying.
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glad you found the problem,

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I do not have the option of deleting this question.  Any idea where that option went?
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Post the question to a moderator in the topic area "Community Support" telling them that you want this question deleted and they will PAQ it and give you back your points.

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Make it a 0 point question by the way. That topic area allows 0 point questions.

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