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how to safely delete profiles in windows server 2008

Microsoft Windows Server 2008
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MillerLegg
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tigermattCommented:

The easiest route is to use the System applet to delete the profile. This ensures the registry is also updated to reference the profile deletion, and ensures the temporary profile error does not occur next time a user with a deleted profile logs in.

Start > Control Panel > System. Advanced System Settings (left pane), Advanced tab, User Profiles 'Settings'. Select each profile you wish to delete and press the Delete button.

You can also do it manually; delete from C:\Users and then ensure the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList key has the appropriate subkey for this particular profile deleted.

-Matt
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MillerLeggAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your response Matt, i already tried that and i see the user's name on the list, but with a temporary profile and the "DELETE" option is grayed out for me, i know there is a way to manually delete this profile but i cant seem to figure the whole thing out, please help!!!!
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tigermattCommented:

Not a problem, it sounds as if the user's profile has been partially deleted, which will have left it in a problem state.

First step is to verify the user's profile folder in C:\Users has been completely deleted. Back-up any important information in the profile first. Then, browse to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList. Look through each subkey of that registry key, taking note of the 'ProfileImagePath' value in the main window. Look through until you locate the profile path which matches up with the profile folder path you just deleted.

When you locate it, take note of the key name (something like S-1-5-xxx) and the 'Guid' value inside the profile key, then delete the key. Now browse to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileGuid and locate the key with the same name as the Guid value you noted earlier. Open it, and verify the SID value inside matches up with the name of the ProfileList key you deleted, then delete the ProfileGuid key.

Now, finally, have the user log back in again.

Let me know if you have any questions, it can be rather complicated!

-Matt
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MillerLeggAuthor Commented:
Matt, this worked perfect, my user is good to go, thanks a million for your help!!!
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tigermattCommented:
Good to hear. Thanks!
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MillerLeggAuthor Commented:
This did it.
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