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No "Default User" profile

By berninga ·
Some of the XP Pro work stations in a computer lab are missing the "default user" profile. The only user able to log on is the Administrator. Is there a way to replace or build the "default user" profile?

Is it possible to just use "copy to" and copy the admin profile to a blank folder named "default user" and then reset the security options once a new user is created? From there building a cutom user profile as described by Microsoft?

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by mikex In reply to No "Default User" profile

Data loss occurs after you reinstall, repair, or upgrade Windows XP

and here's more info about:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312368

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by mindroamsfree In reply to No "Default User" profile

In the Advanced tab of the User Accounts section in Control Panel, click the Advanced button in "Advanced user management". In this screen you should be able to set up all the profiles you require and assign them to the correct groups, giving them all the privileges (or lack thereof) associated with said groups. Hope this helps!

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by berninga In reply to No "Default User" profile

In response to both replies:

I am aware that user data etc. would be lost - there's no problem with that - users store everything to their folders on the server. I just need to be able to have users log on to the workstation using their network creds. With no "Default User" profile on the system, no user profiles are made at logon, and all users get an "unable to load profile" error and can't get into the system period. What I don't know, is if I create a new "Default Profile" by copying an existing profile to a folder I make named "default profile" (which I give the hidden and system file attributes) - will it work? Will the system see it correctly?

Thanks!

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to No "Default User" profile

First login as 'administrator' can clear out any temp files and empty internet cache, to make the profile as small as possible.
Then configure desktop as required and copy it to the Default User folder. New users should then be able to logon as get a valid profile.

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by berninga In reply to No "Default User" profile

Ok, here's the part ya'll are missin'...

There is NO "default user" profile to "copy to"!
None, nada, they deleted it! It's gone. I've got the - "build a custom profile part" down.

Sooooo.....what I'm askin' here is: since the "default user" profile folder(which is a hidden folder, system folder, Windows install kinda thing)is no more - will it work if I make an empty folder, assign the correct attributes, name it "default profile", in the correct place,
etc - THEN, since all the users but admin are deleted - "copy to" the admin profile to the new folder I made? Will I then have a funtioning "default profile"? Then I can log on as a generic user, who will then have a profile of their own, modify THAT, and copy that over the admin status default profile so that I'm back where I need to be. And can I then copy that "default profile" folder to other systems (25 of them) that are in the same state and return them to nirvana without having to log in and out 20 times on each system?

Or will a folder I build not be seen properly, no matter what tricks I perform on it, because it's got some "special" MS mojo on it that makes this entire scenario moot? (Hey, don't laugh, I've seen that sort of stuff before - developer/programmer type I ain't)

I know it's not cool, but I miss me some 98 workstations sometimes, this profile stuff is a pain.

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