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win 2000 pro reports corrupt user profile

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After a power failure shut down our office I was able to get all machines except one running properly. The machine is running win 2000 pro. It is attached to a server running Win 2003 server. On boot up it reports a corrupt user profile when logging in. There is only one user profile on this machine. The machine is able to log on to the server but all drive mapping and shortcuts are lost. It’s no big deal to re-create them but they are lost each time the machine is re-booted. How can I delete the corrupt profile and then, ideally, re-create the same user. I’m not dealing with the brightest of users and would prefer not to confuse them with a new user name.  Thanks
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Question by:torahron
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stlcards2004 earned 250 total points
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Copy the user profile folder from c:\doucuments and settings\username to the root of c:\  and then right click on my computer and click properties and click user profiles tab delete it from their. Log the user back in and it will recreate the profile, I would open the profile you saved to the root of c: and copy stuff they need like favorites and desktop stuff.
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by:Debsyl99
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Just to follow on from stlcard's post - you may well need to take ownership of the profile first. Log on as an admin  - Right click the relevant profile folder in C:\documents and Settings - Properties - Security - Advanced- Owner - Change owner to administrator.  Ensure that you check the propagate this to sub-files and folders etc. This will then allow you to copy the folder and then delete it and all it's contents successfully. If you have any problems ensure that you enable viewing of hidden files and folders and system files from the view tab in folder options,

Deb :))
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by:stlcards2004
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One more thing to add you will need to log in as administrator or an account different than the corrupt one which is a admin of the computer.
         
        stlcards2004


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by:torahron
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Thanks Deb & stlcards.
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