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Hi

Using Windows Vista Business 32-bit client with Windows 2003 server.

We have a Laptop that is part of a domain. The laptop is used exclusively with a certain user, who logs on to his domain account. The account uses a local profile, not a roaming one. It's worked fine for 6 months.

One day, the local profile gets screwed up, so I delete it, and then log back on to the domain with user account to recreate profile. But, profile does not recreate. Instead, I get an error message saying the profile was not read in correctly, and user logs in with a temporary profile.

How to fix please?

I checked the user account on the domain, and there is no profile path. I
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You could try searching the registry for any references to the username of the user that uses that laptop, and remove them...

I also found this -

"I also had this issue and I found a document online that worked.  I have included the steps below:
     - Log into the Vista machine and enable remote registry service to be automattic.
     - From another machine open Regedit and connect to the Vista machine.
     - Find this key:  > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
                                 > SOFTWARE
                                    > Microsoft
                                       > Windows NT
                                          > Current Version
                                             > ProfileList
     - In this Hive you will find the SID's of the user accounts on the system.
     - Delete the account(s) in question.  You will be able to see which is which by the "ProfileImagePath" key if you don't know your SID."

Might be worth a go! :)

Pete
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Not sure why you need to remotely edit the registry though... And obviously at the end of all that, set remote reg service back to it's original state, and ensure that the users folder (c:\users\<username> has been deleted before attempting to log in as that user again.

Let me know if that helps?

Pete
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Thanks Pete - I'll give a go. But what do you mean by setting the "remote reg service back to it's original state"?
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At the start of the bit in quotes, it says "Log into the Vista machine and enable remote registry service to be automattic".

I was just saying that when all is finished, you should set the Service back to how you found it - I don't know the default state of the remote reg service in Vista, but I imagine it's either 'Manual' or 'Disabled'. So at the end, just put it back how it was, and stop the service too. :)

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Ok. I just ran the registry editor and removed the key, and it worked fine.
Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the prompt solution!
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Glad I could help!

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