I am experiencing very slow log off and or shutdown times (intermittent) with an occasional error that windows could not copy a file from my profile to another location on my hard drive due to permission or network issues. I can't remember specifically what the message said but it goes along these lines:
Windows could not copy c:\documents & settings\peterp\desktop\123.doc to c:\documents & settings\peterp\localhost\desktop. Possible causes for the error are, the user does not have permission or there may be network problems...
When this happens, the next time I start my PC sometimes it loads a temp user profile. If I reboot it at that point when I login with my user name it takes 30min for my profile to load. It seems to be rebuilding it from scratch and or copying it from somewhere.
This is on a Windows XP pro computer running sp2 in a domain without roaming user profiles. I've noticed that in my user profile there was a folder called 'localhost' which seemed to contain another copy of my user profile, and within that there was another localhost folder with another copy of my user profile and so on. So the path would look like this:
c:\documents & setting\peterp\localhost\localhost\localhost... etc... Each localhost having a copy of my user profile.
I have also noticed a localhost folder located in c:\windows\system32 that seems to contain another copy of my user profile.
Since then I've deleted my user profile removed and re-added my computer to the domain, and deleted the localhost folder located under c:\windows\system32. So far the localhost directoy under my profile name has not returned yet, but when I first rebooted my system after recreating my profile and configuring it to my liking, it took 30min again and I did find a copy of my profile located under c:\windows\system32\localhost.
Any ideas on how to fix this behavior?