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User Profile Problems

By svoltmer ·
When I installed WinXP Home It used my name for some of the personalized folders, but in "\Documents and Settings\" there is no directory with my user name, just the other user folders, a shared folder, and for the folder
that should have my name,it is named "Unknown User". I have tried to rename this folder, but windows says it is a system folder and can't be renamed. Is there a way to fix the name on this directory (folder) globaly? Registry change
or something, maybe? Thanks!

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by Mike Mullins In reply to User Profile Problems

This is a fairly common error that deals with installation problems with Pre-SP1 installations of XP Home. You can read about it at:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;312131

The solution is to install Service Pack 1, this should correct the problem.

Good Luck
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by svoltmer In reply to User Profile Problems

Have already Installed Service Pack 1.Didn't help.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to User Profile Problems

what about trying a new profile, you can copy the old profile to the new profile. if it doesn't fix it you won't have hurt anything. make sure you have hard disk space for it first tho.
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excerpted from mskb article 318011
Createa New User
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Click User Accounts.
Click Create a New Account.
When you are prompted, type the name for the new user, and then click Next.
On the Pick an Account Type page, click Computer Administrator, and then click Create Account.
Log off Windows.
Log on as the new user whom you created in steps 1 through 5.
Log off Windows.
Restore the User Profile
Log on as the Administrative user from step 1 of the earlier procedure.
Start Windows Explorer.
Browse to the drive:\Documents and Settings folder. The corrupted user profile is contained in a folder that has the same name as the user.
Copy the contents of the corrupted user profile folder to the folder that has the name of the user whom you created in the earlier procedure.

NOTE: Make sure that all system files and hidden files are displayed in Windows Explorer before you copy the files.
Log off Windows.
Log on to Windows as the new user.
Confirm that the profile data was successfully copied from the corrupted profile.
Log off Windows.
Log on as the Administrative user.
Open Windows Explorer.
Browse to drive:\Documents and Settings folder select the folder containing the original, corrupted user profile.
Press the DELETE key, and then click Yes to confirm the folder deletion.
Select the folder that has the name of the new user whom you created in the earlier procedure. Right-click the folder, and then click Rename.
Type the name of the original corrupted user profile, and then press ENTER.
Log off Windows.
Log on to Windows as the original user.
You may want to reinstall programs that were installed using the original user profile.

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by svoltmer In reply to User Profile Problems

Sorry, but windows won't let you rename a system used folder such as a user folder. Otherwise I would just go to the "unknown user" directory and rename it.

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