Undesired "temporary profile"

I'm running a IBM Thinkpad T43 with XP SP2 on it.
When I turn it on, it never connects to a domain controller to log me in. Just working locally in a peer to peer network.

Today when I logged in (fingerprint scan) it reported that (?:) my profile could be retrieved and a new, temporary profile would be created for me.
How can I now return to my original pofile and get normal access to "My Documents", favourites etc.

The machine showed to trouble shutting down last night. I haven't done anything other than usual and can't think of any reason why this may have happened. It hasn't been used since I last used it either!
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CRAKAsked:
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Have you tried to just copy the old profile over using the method above?
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Sounds like you had a corrupted profile..  you can copy the corrupted profile's data to your new profile if you want:

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;811151
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shuboarderCommented:
Hi CRAK,

nice to see you out of the Lotus Notes/Domino zone :)

Take a look at this PAQ which looks at this very problem.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21764088.html

Good luck!
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CRAKAuthor Commented:
Both solutions appear similar: I get directed to config > user accounts and then need to select "advanced".... but that option is not available to me. I can change names, change account types etc. and a.f.a.i.k. I'm local admin.
Hopping from one problem into another?

Hi shuboarder!
Of course I get out of the Notes TA occasionally: don't we all need a hand every now and then?  ;-))
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shuboarderCommented:
Hi CRAK,

true, that is not an option!
What you basically need to do is follow my comments rather than the accepted answer!

You need to create a new profile under Control Panel >> User Accounts
Then copy the elemenst of your old profile across to the newly created profile.

Like I said in the post above, if this behaviour happens again in a short period of time, you may be looking at hardware failure. i.e. the HDD may be on its way out as sectors of you profile are becoming corrupt such that Windows has to find good sectors on the disk in which to create you a new profile and keep the O/S functional.

Let us know how you get on!
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CRAKAuthor Commented:
I copied most of the files (some of the new ones were in use).... fatal_Exception's way.
Looks ok so far: MSIE and Firefox bookmarks, My Documents dir., Start menu.......
Haven't rebooted yet though! ;-)
I'll see if it holds and get back to you tomorrow.

What do I do with the old user dir? Delete it? And can consequently I rename the one called "TEMP"?
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shuboarderCommented:
Yes, once you are sure you've got everything you can delete the old profile, and you can rename your new profile as well.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
And, note that you can use the same user interface to delete your old profile..  :)
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CRAKAuthor Commented:
Things appear ok again. Thanks!
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
you are very welcome!  and Happy Holidays, if you are in the USA...!!
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shuboarderCommented:
Good to hear it! - Fingers crossed it will stay that way!
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CRAKAuthor Commented:
I'm in Europe: the Netherlands. No holidays here unfortunately. But have a good one yourself!

I do hope it stays like this. If not, I know where to go!
In other words: till later: I'm on Windows!  ;-))
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