Failed to set Security on the Destination Profile error, Windows XP Pro

I am getting this error when trying to clone a user profile:

Profile Error
Failed to set Security on the Destination Profile. Error - Access is denied.

I have tried the various solutions here on EE but none of them work.

I have XP Pro with an "admin user" who I login to do the copying


the user whose profile I want to clone
and a new user whole I will copy the profile to

all users have admin rights.

I made sure to restart and then do the operation, not just log out.

I have logged into the new user to make sure it is visible, but I keep getting the error above.

The machine is on "Workgroup", no domain in use.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Interesting that we are going through this same error in another thread..  ck it out, as it may provide your answer!    :)

danomaticAuthor Commented:
I should also mention XP Pro with SP2 and I have done this plenty of times before with out a hitch...
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Did you unhide the Hidden System Files first?
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danomaticAuthor Commented:
Yes all files are unhidden.  

I have fixed the problem, I will post what i did here.
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Very good, let us know!
danomaticAuthor Commented:
This may not be the best way for a corporate environment but the computer I am trying this on is for a family of four.

Basically, I logged in as the user to be cloned and gave him as many rights and privileges as possible.  Then I restarted and logged into the temp account who will administer the copying of users.

Then, as in the other forum states, I used the standard procedure here:

….This time with no error message, the users cloned from the original were perfect.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Thanks...  Still wonder why you could not copy the existing profile in its natural state, but if it works, it works, eh?

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
no objections..
PAQ-ing the question and refunding 500 points

Thanks Fatal_Exception !


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