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Hello,

When I enter my login information for Windows 2003 Server Standard, it verifys the login and proceeds to load my personal settings successfully. However, when it should generally switch over to show my desktop, the start menu, etc. it does not. It simply shows a blank background with nothing on it. No icons, no desktop, nothing. I can only press CTRL+ALT+DEL and shutdown or logoff. Any suggestions?

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Question by:ChrisH3
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by:Rob Williams
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Can you log in as another user successfully? You may have a corrupt profile and have to create a new one.
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by:ChrisH3
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Hi RobWill,

Yes I can login another user just fine. Is there any way to fix this corruption issue?
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by:marine7275
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Only by deleting the old profile and then login again!
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by:Rob Williams
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Deleting and re-creating as marine7275 stated, is usually the best method, but you can copy your user settings to a temp folder first, such as my documents, favorites, desktop items, e-mail if it applies, and so on. You might also want to read the following for a similar situation with XP, though it is dealing with local accounts.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;811151
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trarthur earned 2000 total points
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You can also login as local admin and rename the old profile.

Unless the server has just been rebooted, or you have the User Profile hive cleanup tool installed,
sometimes you can't do anything with the profile because the system has a file locked.
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