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User Profile

I have a problem I took a computer off of the domain before copying their profile to a local new profile. Now when I log in as the administrator (locally) and go to the user profiles I see the profile but it is a "unknown user" and it does not give me the option to "copy to" the local profile can someone help me please this is very urgent because it is the bosses computer :(

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What happens if you put the computer back on the domain?  Assuming you removed the computer from the domain correctly, you can just add it back.  To be safe, change it's name before adding it back.  Then add it back.  It should once again recognize the SID when it's added back to the domain.
comteknAuthor Commented:
The problem is that the domain the computer used to be on I am not the admin nor can I get in contact with them now is there any other way
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I don't usually bother recovering personal settings (like desktop wallpaper, printers, etc), but if you take ownership of the folder you'll be able to access the files (which might actually resolve the problem).  Problem is, if you take ownership, then rejoining the domain later probably won't help this problem. Your call - I've never been in such a position or had a user in such a position where the registry info (wallpaper, printers, etc) was that important that I couldn't just reset it.
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comteknAuthor Commented:
Doesnt the Profile also contain all their Outlook settings?
You don't have to use the copy profile (advanced tab) method.

Restart and login with an account other than your bosses with admin rights
Rename the correct bosses profile C:\documents and settings\username folder to i.e. username_bak
Delete any new profile folders created by your bosses profile. username.domain or username.001 etc.
Login as your boss.
Restart (Restart is necessary because if you logoff, windows will still have some of the users files locked)
Login with an account other than your bosses with admin rights
This will allow you to change the name of the correct profile folder.
There should be a new folder with your bosses username in C:\documents and settings\username
Rename the profile folder from username to username_garbage. Then rename the username_bak to username.
Logout and login as the correct user. Tada done.
Craylord's solution works so great when transfering user profile from workgroup to a domain. But how to do on a Vista PC? Is it the same procedure?

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