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    No desktop on NT4 sp6

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    by pete_may ·

    I’ve lost my desktop on my computer for any account other than the local administrator. When I log on I get the error message userinit.exe ( or nddeagnt.exe) invalid current directory, the process cannot switch to the startup directory c:\ When I tell it to use c:\winnt I get Desktop- cannot access this folder.Path is too long. Help I’ve tried everything, I’ve used the repair option on the NT cd and repaired the entire instalation. This also told me there was an error in the sourceDsk files section. Windows also creates an additional profile called all_users with just an empty desktop folder. HELP

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    • #3776399

      No desktop on NT4 sp6

      by guy ·

      In reply to No desktop on NT4 sp6

      This sounds like a problem with System Policies. Fire up Poledit (Administrative Tools) see if there is a file called NTCONFIG.pol in the Netlogon share winnt\system32\repl\import\scripts.
      My suspicion is that there is a policy for Default User tohide all objects on the desktop. Check the Shell Restriction, Hide all objects, if I am correct set the box to pure white. Log of twice and see if you get the desktop.

    • #3776337

      No desktop on NT4 sp6

      by mike.batters ·

      In reply to No desktop on NT4 sp6

      In addition to the answer from guy@computerperformance.co.uk, check the SP6 version you have installed. There is no visible check for it as both SP6 and SP6A appear as SP6 when you run winmsd.exe. If you are not sure which you have installed download and install SP6A from Microsoft. Microsoft released and promptly withdrew the original SP6 due to many problems (most of which have never been fully documented) and it has been replaced with SP6A. It may well be that you have the original installed and this is one of the many problems caused by it.

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