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By berninga ·
I have just inherited an existing W2K single domain network at a school and am having problems with the XP Pro workstations in a computer lab. The user folders on the workstations were deleted prior to school starting, and since then, only admin level accounts (both local and domain)can logon without getting an error message- Unable to load user profile, loading default profile - I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist of it.

I did not do the cleanup, so I am not sure what all was deleted, but I need for students to logon using their domain credentials.

I've tried several things with no success - a profile hive repair tool from Microsoft, copying the contents of a working profile into the all users profile, deleting all local accounts & profiles except the admin account, and no joy. Any ideas?

Also, these systems have some sort of additional lock down toys installed - additional to the local policy that is - and I am suspicious that the prior admin might have used poledit (if it's even possible)as it was used on other machines on the network. The other machines are Win98 - but the XP machines have other aps loaded that are for 98, and the previous admin was even more unfamiliar with XP than myself - so go know...
Anyway, is there a poledit available for XP - and how do I get to it so I can unlock a pc?

Ack! All I know is that documentation is a terrible thing to lack!

Thanks for any help with either question!

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by berninga In reply to Cannot load user profile. ...

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by L1nUx3r In reply to Cannot load user profile. ...

there is always gpedit.msc
or check you could check out
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A6D4C24-8CBD-4B35-9272-DD3CBFC81887&displaylang=en

Good Luck

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by support In reply to Cannot load user profile. ...

Here is a couple of things to try. Check to make sure that the folder/drive where the "user" folders are stored has the correct Security settings.
Ownership of the folder can be the other problem. To delete folders for another user you must take ownership of that folder if this is the case then it is not likely that you will recover from this. You may need to recreate all the users. To test this Create a new user on the PDC BOX (Server) with full domain Access rights. Login to the PDC and see if you can access the new profile. If it fails then its a policy problem in the PDC and a rebuild will be in order. If it works try logging in with one of the old accounts (changing it to have before you log in) full domain control and then loggin using that account and go to the User Folder for that account and right mouse on it and navigate to take ownership of the folder. Log off and try logging on to a Windows XP WS (Make sure you remove the full admin rights) If this works you will need to do this for each account.

A big job in all cases. If you do not feel confident in doing this get a specialist in to reconfigure it for you from scratch.

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