Resetting User profile in XP

By amac760 ·
What is the best way to reset a user profile in XP where you can copy all of the current files for that user.

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You mean, like, create a new profile

by seanferd In reply to Resetting User profile in ...

and then copy documents over, then delete the old profile?

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Logon as the Local Administrator to perform these tasks

by Jacky Howe In reply to Resetting User profile in ...
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Depends on what you want to keep.

by Jay217 In reply to Resetting User profile in ...

Do you think the profile is corrupt? Are you on a domain? Did you want to migrate the settings over to a new user along with everything else?


Reboot to clear the ntuser.dat.
Login as an admin, or another user with admin rights.
Rename the documents and settings folder for the corrupt profile to username.old (or something)
Or Just create a new user.
Log out, and log in as the new user... it will recreate all of the folders etc.

Now you can either reboot again to an admin and use the 'copy to' option to try and move everything over. If the old profile is corrupt then this is probably a bad idea.
Otherwise you can then manually copy the folders you want over to the new user.

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