Orphaned User Profile Recovery on XP sp2

My DC just crashed and i had to rebuilt it. My user profile on my laptop is still intact but I can't seem to copy it to my new user account.
I don't want to just copy and paste it, because I need it to work perfectly. I have read the following post:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_Vista/Q_22874209.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+orphan+profil+user

But the 'Copy To' button is grayed out in the user profiles screen.
I have already assigned the Domain\Admin account as the owner of the profile by going to the 'C:\Doc*Set*\UserProfile' directory and changing the owner on all sub items. The orphaned account is still showing as 'Account Unknown'.

How can i recover this account 100% intact?
Hamilton-4100Asked:
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Netman66Commented:
Ok, so you've taken Ownership.  Now you need to add the Administrator with Full Control - propogate it to all child objects.

Now, your button should be available.

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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
Can i rename the folder before i copy it to the new user?
Having the' user.domain' folder name is a pet pev.
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Netman66Commented:
Log in with the new user to create a local profile.
Log out.
Log in with Admin.
Use the System Applet to select the unknown profile then copy to using the button.
In Allowed to Use, select the domain account of the new user.

Do NOT copy the contents manually.  There are registry entries that refer to the old account - specifically, NTUSER.DAT, NTUSER.INI and top-level files in that folder.

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Netman66Commented:
Sorry, missed something...

User.domain - did you recreate the same user account name?  This will happen if you did.

Renaming it will break it and another will be created again as the Registry contains the profile path.  

You might try re-ACLing the current profile then tweak the registry to point to the old folder, but that's pushing things if something goes wrong.
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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
I guess i will just have to deal with it. Thats fine.

I added the admin account to the user list and propagated it to all folders, subfolders and files.
But the copy to button is still grayed out.
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Netman66Commented:
So you now have ownership and Full Control if you look at the ACLs?  All the way down?
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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
Yeah, the only box not checked is 'special permissions'.
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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
oh, just to make sure we are on the same page, I'm using the domain admin account as the owner and the user with full control.
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Netman66Commented:
Local Administrator should be the Owner and user with full control.

If you don't know that password, use the DA account to change it and log in with that.

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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
I changed everything to the local admin and still no go on the copy to button
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Netman66Commented:
Reboot, it's likely held open.
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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
I just did a cold boot and the 'copy to' button is still grayed out.
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Netman66Commented:
Bizarre.

Try copying everything EXCEPT the root files in the profile (NTUSER.*, etc) to the new profile.

By cold boot, you refer to shutting down, waiting for 10-15 seconds then powering up?  That should do the trick.....


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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
Yeah, thats what i meant by cold boot.

OK, it will take some time to copy the files, i'll post when it's finished.
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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
OK, the copy just finished, and i logged into the new user account.

I have only been using the account for a few minutes to see if anything is missing and so far so good, but I really need to have the exact old profile.

I had to rebuild my Outlook setup which is a bigger pain in the butt then it is a problem, but running into problems like this when I'm in crunch mode at work is not an option.

Is there any way to recover it 100%?
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Netman66Commented:
The only way to guarantee you won't lose things is to use Roaming Profiles.  This way, they're on the server.

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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
Thanks for all your help!! I truly appreciate it.
But the answer you have provided was one that I addressed in my initial post as one I would not be satisfied with.
If there was more information that I didn't provide or something i wasn't clear about, i would be more than happy to change the grade, assuming that I can, if not I will gladly email a moderator to have the grade appended.
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Netman66Commented:
I understand.  Unfortunately, I'm not certain why after doing what you did that the Copy To button wouldn't light up.  

When recreating a Domain, the SID for the domain changes and therefore all accounts that used to belong to the old domain will show up as Account Unknown.  There are likely tools out there to migrate profiles - perhaps USMT (User State Migration Tool) may have helped here - not sure.

Anyway, glad to help.
NM
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Hamilton-4100Author Commented:
I'm going to see if I can find the USMT, and see if I can get it to work.
I'll post again if I find anything useful.

Thanks again!!
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