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Lost Profile, recreated new but want to recover old

Posted on 2007-03-20
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windows 2000,  a user logs in and  loses all his preferences, settings, documents, etc. , turns out that when the user loged in, it created another profile (i.e  john.(domain) ).  I go in as admin, and look at the profiles and see that his old is there as well as the new  one created. I figure I'd go in to user profiles, copy his old profile into the default, get rid of that newly created profile and have the user log in again, however his old account shows as account unknown, therfore I cant copy this. So my question is without copying over his documents from his old to the new profle, is there a way to have him log back in and his old profile appears once again?

thanks in advanced
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Brad Groux earned 500 total points
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Simply copy the entire contents from his old profile into the username.domain profile, this should import most if not all of his settings. However, if you want to try and revert back to the old one you can give the following steps a shot, I have found it to not always be 100% successful.

1. Login as the user, then log out and in as a local administrator.
2. Go to C:\Documents and Settings and you’ll see the two profiles, cut/move the .domain profile somewhere else, such as dumping it to C:\.
3. Go Start --> Run and type REGEDIT and hit OK.
4. Go Edit > Find and type the name of the folder you just KO’d. It’ll be somewhere like: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > ProfileList > S-1-5-Something. The key you are looking for is ProfileImagePath, if more then one person has logged into that machine then there will be a few to browse through. The path for this key should be %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\username.
5. Change the value of this key to the location of your original profile folder, such as %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\username, without the .domain.
6. Reboot and log in as your normal user.
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