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I have about 300 desktop computers with Windows XP Pro on them.  I run the User Profile Cleanup Service on them because I have issues with XP creating new profiles every so often.  So far it seems like this profile cleaner is helping but I still get this issue coming back every couple weeks on 2 to 3 pc's.  is there something else that can be done to prevent this besides what I am doing?
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by:CanusRufus
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Are the profiles being created automatically?
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by:sccomputers
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Yes, all pc's are joined to the domain and it is created at first log in
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What windows does is create a new profile for the user and just adds a .000 to the end or something.  so I end up with another folder under users
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Is it always the same 2 or 3 PCs? or is it completely random?
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by:CanusRufus
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Have you considered roaming Profiles?
Not sure of yourInfrastructure however.
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Random pc's but once it happens on 1 pc it usually happens again.  Looking into Roaming Profiles now.
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If profiles are creating themselves on their own, perhaps malware scanning as well. That is not normal.
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What AV are you using? Often the AV scanners lock the ntuser.dat, which prevents it from being loaded, hence giving you the new profile (or TEMP profile).

Roaming will not solve your problems.

You need to investigate the Event Logs, to see if you can identify anything in there related to "Registry Handles", or other UserENV related entries.....

If it happens to the same person over and over, then might get lucky with UserENV debug logging as well....

How to enable user environment debug logging in retail builds of ...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221833

How do you use userenv.log to troubleshoot
http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-1529306.php

Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log – Part 1 - Ask the ...
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/11/11/understanding-how-to-read-a-userenv-log-part-1.aspx

Interpreting Userenv log files: Group Policy
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786775(WS.10).aspx
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