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Windows XP Cannot Locate Local Profile

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Hi folks!

We have a Server 2003-based Active Directory setup with roaming profiles. Got one machine that, just today, began saying "Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary profile..." and then the profile items do not load. I've checked and re-checked everything I can think of, and ultimately restored the PC to last night's backup in case something became corrupted. No luck.

Any thoughts on what might cause this?

Thanks,
Ithizar
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by:asterinux
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Possible causes of this error include insufficient security rights or a corrupt local profile

You take a look at this.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812339

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by:Tony Giangreco
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Login as domain admin on that Pc, rename the users profile and then create a new one. You ca also copy files from the old profile to the new one to restore items like missing files stored on the desktop.
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It seems the permissions on your profile have been modified on the server so that you no longer have Full Control permission for your profile.It could be also due to corruption in profile.

First check the permission of the profile  on the server if this does not fix the issue then you need to rename the profile and then copy the data from old profile to new.
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Have the solutions mentioned above helped your situation?
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I was not able to solve the problem using any of the suggestions offered here, unfortunately. Ultimately, I had to go to a much older backup, over 1 week old, and restore the PC to that state. Once I had done that, the problem went away.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!
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Accepting my own comment as the solution as none of the suggestions offered here ultimately resolved the problem.
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