Windows profile gone missing
Posted on 2009-04-28
Problem: A user profile no longer shows on the Windows Welcome (login) screen following an attempt to assign her as a "poweruser". However , if I use the classic login screen instead of the Welcome screen, and type her name in, then i can access her desktop. i.e. Everything is intact.
Background: I inadvertantly tried to assign the user as a power user using the userpasswords2 applet, forgeting I was in XP home. I received an error message and changed her back, I thought, to restricted user. When I access her desktop, I notice she is listed as "Guest" in the users list rather than "standard user" or "administrator". She is not listed at all in the userpasswords2 list any more. She IS listed in the user profiles list (My computer-properties-advanced-profiles). The user's profile folders (directory) are all intact. The user.dat file is intact. There are no hard drive errors. I have checked HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and the user info looks correct. A system restore failed.
Is there an expert who can direct me to the registry key where the user type is designated or can tell me how to change her back to a standard user or administrator?