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Windows Vista will not create user profile

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I have a 2008 domain.  I have one Vista machine that has not been used in a few months.  I need to set it up for a user.  It will not create a user profile.  It keeps using a temporary profile.  How do I fix this? Several user profiles were created in the past
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by:moon_blue69
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Is there any possibility that the folder called Default User got deleted from the users folder. Whenever a new user is created it copies that folder and names it by the users name
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by:jtennyson
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Looks like that Default user is gone.  What do I do?
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by:SteveeB
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disjoin the computer from the domain and rejoin it again.
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by:moon_blue69
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Hi

Its a hidden folder. Please make sure you enable show hidden files from folder options. If its not there please copy one from a working computer and put it there. if its not allowing you to touch it turn uac off
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I rjoined the domain and now there is a default user.  I will let you know what happens in a few minutes.
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I logged in the user and I still get "Your user profile has not been loaded correctly.  You have been logged in with a temporary profile."  He is in the local administrators group.  Does that make a difference?
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by:SteveeB
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Are you using the DNS servers of the Domain controllers only, or do you have some other external DNS servers as well? It should only be the domain controllers.
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by:jtennyson
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Only the Domain controllers.  When I don an ipconfig /all everything looks fine.
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by:moon_blue69
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Is it a roaming profile or local profile?
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by:SteveeB
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disjoin from domain and reboot, change computer name and reboot, rejoin to domain. Vista is crazy like this.
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by:jtennyson
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I will try that.  I'm glad I will never have another Vista to deal with.
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Same error.  
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Does anyone have any ideas?
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by:SteveeB
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can you log in with another user account? (not administrator)
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Yes.  I enabled an old account that had been disabled and logged in with it.  The account is no different than the one I am trying to set up on this computer.
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Is it a roaming profile or local profile?
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They are both regular profiles from AD.  We do not have roaming profiles.
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SteveeB earned 500 total points
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I read this somewhere

1. Restart your PC to release the locks on your profile.
2. Log on with another administrative account
3. Delete C:\Users\%username%
4. Delete C:\Users\TEMP
5. Delete the registry key matching your SID from
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList". Check the value "ProfileImagePath" to make
sure you pick your own profile.
6. Restart once again
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Thank you very much.  It worked.
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