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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by designervision, Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. designervision

    designervision Thread Starter

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    On startup (XP) the welcome screen had an error message that said something like 'cannot find user profile'. What does this mean and what do I do?
     
  2. Crusnik

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    Sounds like your local profile is corrupt. Not sure if there is a way to repair a corrupt profile, maybe someone else might know of a way.

    What I've done in the past though when encountering this problem is the following:

    1) Log in as Administrator
    2) Goto C:\Documents and Settings and rename your profile. Like from Bob to Bob_old.
    3) Goto the Control Panel > Users and create a new profile.
    4) Log into the new profile and go back to C:\Documents and Settings.
    4) Copy you favorites, my documents, and desktop from the old profile to the new one.
    Ex: C:\Documents and Settings\Bob_old\Favorites\ to C:\Documents and Settings\Bob\Favorites\
    5) Reset, log back in as Administrator and delete Bob_old.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. Rollin' Rog

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    You will probably have to create a new one, per directions here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=318011

    You can try running chkdsk on the drive, and while it will probably not "restore" your damaged or lost profile, it may be able to save data in a special folder.

    The chkdsk log is available in eventvwr.msc > Applications log > Winlogon after the reboot.

    chkdsk has a special method of saving any lost and found data on the root drive

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/reskit/c28621675.mspx
     
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