Corrupt Profile

Posted on 2004-11-09
Last Modified: 2011-10-10
Trying to log into a Windows XP box, user gets the message "Can't load local profile due to either corrupt profile or not enough security permissions"
Permissions are good, nothing wrong there. So, hhmmm...let's try to delete the profile, have them log in and recreate the profile. Go to delete the profile and NTUSER.dat can't be deleted cause it says it's in use. Any assistance would be appreciated
Question by:erichss
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello erichss,

    - You need to reboot the machine
    - Boot into safe mode (press F8 during your startup and choose safe mode from the menu)
    - Log in as an administrator (make sure its not the same user whose profile you are trying to delete)
    - Click Start -> Right click on my computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> User Profiles -> Settings -> then highlight the user whose profile you want to delete, and click delete.

    Thanks and Good Luck!
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    Expert Comment

    Hi erichss,

    Before you delete the profile i would first make a copy of the profile. after the new profile is created you can copy a lot of usersettings back from his old profile.


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    Actually you have got three suggestion until now.... and you have to do them all at one time to get out of this problem :)
    The best soltuion is described in the KB318011 which steven has given.... means to create a new user and copy the data from the corrupted one to the new one.... So what you will have to do is,

    To Boot in safmeode and login as Administrator => KaliKoder's suggestion :)
    Create a New User account from Control Panel User Accounts
    Restart and login with new user, restart again and login back in Safmeode with Administrator
    Copy the Data from Old user to the new one as described here >> => jrgn's suggestion :)
    Restart and now login with the New User and you have all the old user data to the new user working account, and now you can delete the corrupted user :)

    Cheers ^_^

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