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Windows cound not locate local profile?

I have a user on my domain (xp sp2) that got this message; windows could not locat local profile creating temporary profile.  I logged in as the ADMIN and looked in doc and settings and could locate her network account.  What could have caused this issue.  It was as if she was deleted from the active directory buy when i checked her account was sitll active.
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mgoodsonkiriu
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KCTSCommented:
Profile may have been corrupt
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mgoodsonkiriuAuthor Commented:
How does this happen? And how do I prevent it?  
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weareitCommented:
One other thing is the security.  The security settings on the file structure could have changed thus causing her profile to be inaccesible.

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mgoodsonkiriuAuthor Commented:
Nothing has changed in her security or profile.  One day its fine and the next windows cant find the profile.  It was like she was a new user on the domain.  I had to re-map the drives, set up e-mail and printers.
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KromptonCommented:
This problem does not necessarily mean the profile is corrupt. It can also occur when the user profile does not properly unload when the user logs off (this has been a known problem with Windows OSes since 2000Pro came out)
If a restart allows the user to logon normally then their profile is OK. You can try downloading and installing User Profile Hive Cleanup service from M$. This will normally alleviate the problem but isnt perfect and sometimes you still need to reboot. I dont know if Vista has corrected this problem.

You can check the Registry to see if this is the problem. When a user tries to logon and gets this error message have them log off. Then you can look under the HKEY_USERS registry key, either remotely or by logging in as administrator, and see if the user's SID is still listed. If it is highlight the SID click on the File menu and choose Unload Hive. It will ask you to confirm the unload. As long as the user is not on you can click OK. Have the user try to login again. The problem should be resolved for this time. If unloading the hive clears the problem then you really want to install User Profile Hive Cleanup service. This is a free download from M$ and the MSI can be deployed via GPO. This is more often a problem with Roaming profiles but exclusively.
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mgoodsonkiriuAuthor Commented:
The user logged in today and her profile was back, as if nothing happened.  Krompton if this problem arises agin I will give your solution a try.  Thanks all for your replies.
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KromptonCommented:
You're welcome. Additionally, if you are not a 24hr/Day operation you can schedule your systems to restart sometime at night.
Anyway good luck.
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