Problem with Windows XP mandatory profiles

Hi all - I've been asked to create a read-only profile on someone's old laptop for their kids to use.

It is an old dell latitude running windows xp pro, standalone computer not in a domain, just workgroup.

I have created a new user (non-admin) and a new profile and modified it as needed.  I then logged out and in as admin.    on the new user's profile in Document and Settings I then renamed ntuser.dat to ntuser.man.

I then logged out of admin account and back in as standard user.   I wanted to test the mandatory profile so changed the desktop wallpaper to something else.   I logged out and then back in, i was surprised then to see that the profile had the new wallpaper - the mandatory profile was NOT read-only.

I logged out and back in as admin.   I then navigate to the Document and Settings and into the new user profile.  I see the ntuser.man, but also see a newly created ntuser.dat.  

I've done this 'a few times' now and always get this new ntuser.dat being recreated every time.  Windows XP is just ignoring the ntuser.man profile file.

What am i doing wrong?! :)
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Mike RoeCommented:
Here is a good site from microsoft on how to do this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307800

Mike
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
Hi Mike - thanks for the response.

Although I've not followed this MS KB, I have performed these steps 'many times' in trying to crack this... alas I'm still failing.

At the moment, after following those KB steps, I'm hitting an issue and then it loading a temp profile, with the error:

"Windows did not load your roaming profile and is attempting to log you on with your local profile. Changes to the profile will not be copied to the server when you logoff. Windows did not load your profile because a server copy of the profile folder already exists that does not have the correct security. Either the current user or the Administrator's group must be the owner of the folder. Contact your network administrator. "   and another saying it's going to use a temp profile.

The user gets this upon logging in.


Any ideas where I'm going wrong?
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Mike RoeCommented:
Try this


1- Check this HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList registry key

- in right pane any profile had .bak if there ok

1- u can delet .bak this will fix the profile ( if u need the profile data )

2- u can backup the profile from C:\Users then delet it forProfileListregistry key and try login again

delete unwanted profile and temp profile fromProfileList registry key
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Mike RoeCommented:
Also Change the owner of the profile directory on the server to the user that is accessing it
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
Hi Fredbear891 - I see you're ref. c:\users, but I'm using windows XP not Windows 7 - will this still work?
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
Hi Fredbear891 - I've removed the relevant entries from ProfileList in the registry for the test user and no difference.   I have tried creating many seperate accounts, all fresh ones and they all have the same issue that ignores the ntuser.man and creates their own ntuser.dat upon login...leaving the ntuser.man alone.

I'm really lost on this one!

any other ideas why windows xp would be ignoring ntuser.man and creates a fresh ntuser.dat upon login?
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
I also get the below error sometimes when i login to a new user and new profile (with a ntuser.man file):


"You do not have administrator privileges on this machine.  This installation cannot be completed correctly unless it is run by an administrator."

I don't get this when logged in as admin, even as a new user in the admin group.

Any ideas?
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
ok - i have a user using a mandatory profile on windows xp, from a \\servername\sharename etc. which is on local machine at c:/manprofile/profilename etc.

so when the user first logs in it uses the mandatory profile from the above location, or so it looks... what it actually does is copy it all from the above share to c:/documents and settings/username

Then if i make modifications to the profile it saves them persistently, in Documents and Settings, and not in the //servername/sharename as the User profile path is setup to do!

So why would a user account copy the profile to Document and Settings folder upon login?

Any ideas?
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
oh dear, looks like I've stumped the experts! :(
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TheDadCoderAuthor Commented:
A reformat was required to fix the issue,

Along with making sure the owner of the profile folder is the Administrators group, not any admin user or the end standard user.
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