HELP: User Profile Path

Dell Dimension 2350
August 24, 2008 at 10:05:45
Specs: WinXP, 2.4GHz 256MB
In Computer Management, Local Users & Groups, in the Profile TAB we can set:

- User Profile Path
- Home Folder Local Path

Am wondering does anyone know how to use these?

I copied my entire HARD DISK contents (via BartPE so I get full unlimited access) to a remote PC. I then fresh reinstalled Windows XP SP2 on my PC as well as creating a second partition for personal data files. Then I copied backed up "C:\Document and Settings\" entire folder from the remote PC to my second partition data drive.

I have 3 user accounts to setup. I understand & know how to redirect My Documents folder (via right-click properties). But am interested in actually setting - User Profile Path - Home Folder Local Path - but don't know how to use them.


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#1
August 24, 2008 at 11:32:51
User Profile Path is used for Roaming Profiles in AD. It specifies the location on an AD server where the user's profile is stored.

Home Folder is where the users data is stored. This is normally set to the user's shared folder on a server.

If you're looking at Local Users and Groups on a client, and you're not running AD or any network, then you don't need to set either path. You can always set My Documents to another partition if that's what you wish to do.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
August 24, 2008 at 12:40:22
Ah, thanks for the info.

You'd think User Profile Path could easily be the C:\Documents and Settings\<username> folder. I tried this many times and it says it's corrupted and going to use the local profile.

Home Folder? Like My Documents? Or C:\Documents and Settings\<username> folder?


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#3
August 25, 2008 at 08:23:09
I should've used the Files & Settings Transfer Wizard.. but it's too late now. I already copied my old PC entire harddrive and then wiped it clean. So am wondering is it possible to export/migrate these old PC user profiles into my new PC?

I believe things like Outlook Express, MSN Messenger, and many other Microsoft programs uses GUIDs or security IDs... and the files are encrypted or cannot be opened unless it matches the user account's security ID.


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#4
August 25, 2008 at 09:09:45
I did a search on http://support.microsoft.com/ for "Windows XP User Profile". Some interesting ones are http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307800 & http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811... .

I tried the User Profile Path (1st link) for this is what I get:

"Windows did not load your roaming profile and is attempting to log you on with your local profile. Changes to the profile will not be copied to the server when you logoff. Windows did not load your profile because a server copy of the profile folder already exists that does not have the correct security. Either the current user or the Administrator's group must be the owner of the folder. Contact your network administrator."

"Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off."


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#5
August 25, 2008 at 15:37:42
Why don't you state exactly what it is you're trying to do. If you're not running AD with Roaming profiles, then you DO NOT set a User Profile path.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#6
August 25, 2008 at 16:38:17
I did say what am trying to do. Am trying to restore a manually backed up C:\Documents and Settings\ profiles folder. Manually meaning I just copied it straight via BartPE (pre-installed environment to bypass security).

I reinstalled my PC from scratch because it had viruses and was unstable unusable. Now I want to get MSN Messenger logs, Outlook, and all my family's user profiles working again... without having to manually set them all up again. I tried copying and replacing the folders but that didn't work too well.

Wish XP had some sort of import profile from non-official backup way.


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#7
August 25, 2008 at 17:12:23
You can certainly try the copy and paste method, which will copy any files, but any settings such as email account configuration, Outlook settings, etc. are stored in the Registry. So, unfortunately, you'll have to recreate the email accounts and reconfigure Outlook. One thing I'd definitely recommend would be store data somewhere other than in the user profile.

Keep in mind though that there may be remnants of the virus in the user profiles, so it's probably NOT a good idea to copy the profiles, just the data.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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