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XP user account becomes useless

by gingerprince / November 3, 2003 7:05 AM PST

Hi,
I set up 3 user accounts on my XP machine all with full privileges.
When logged in to Account A I experienced the "blue screen of death", for no obvious reason. I rebooted, however on logging into Account A after the reboot I was unable to do anything. I couldn't bring up windows Explorer, or IE, or even the control panel or the Start Menu, I had to reboot again.
Accounts B and C still worked fine.

Last night I was logged into Account B and again was
confronted with the death screen. After rebooting I was unable to use Account B, and had to resort to Account C.

Any help would be very much appreciated.
Thanks,
ROK

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Re:XP user account becomes useless
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2003 7:20 AM PST

I can now create this issue on demand. But am unsure of what direction to go with the information.

BUT the issue of CORRUPT PROFILES is something that Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003 administrators get to deal with from time to time.

The quick method to get the user's files back is to create a new account (profile) and log in. Then go to C:\Documents and Settings\[Previous User Profile] and copy all folders to: C:\Documents and Settings\[New User Profile]. Then reboot.

My kill a profile on demand isn't perfected yet, but by placing a corrupt AVI file that Windows can't handle in the user's Desktop directory has proven a good test to see if that new IT staffer can handle the job.

Bob

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Corrupt user profile
by toddsul / July 2, 2005 3:50 AM PDT

I have had several problems with my user profile having it not remember my saved screen saver, windows background, windows audio, windows themes, and have tried most of the recommendations on this forum. Windows XP somehow selects several of the default selections that I never choose. It does not consistantly do this, but often enough that I would like to correct it.

I tried the above suggestion, but encountered a "Cannot cpoy index: The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user-mapped section opened."

What I attempted to do was create a new user account named "test" (reboot) and tried to copy the original user profile in C:\Documents and Settings\original user profile to C:\Documents and Settings\test user profile.

However, after a few minutes an error will pop up during the copy process and give me the, "Cannot cpoy index: The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user-mapped section opened." After clicking ok the process is aborted.

What am I doing wrong?

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2 items.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2005 4:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Corrupt user profile

1. You may have to take ownership of the other profile items.

2. Your machine may have a virus (note the word "cpoy" rather than "copy").

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Corrupt user account
by toddsul / July 2, 2005 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: 2 items.

The word cpoy was my typo and not a virus. That is a valid point. I have run several virus scans using different software and nothing shows up.

I was curious what files may be corrupt, where they are located and how to fix them.

How do I take ownership of the other profile items? What do you mean by other profile items?

Thank you.

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Ownership and research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2005 4:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Corrupt user account

First off, Microsoft does not provide a tool to dissect a profile and find the bad item. To me, this is an oversight for an OS intended for consumers. However, here's some information to help you move ahead.

1. Ownership. Read -> http://www.winxptutor.com/ownership.htm

2. More about profiles since you seem to want to know more. Remember I never duplicate web content here. It's partly because of the Forum Policy and it saves me time. Read -> http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7813-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=23192&messageID=252076 which has about all you may ever need to know about profiles.

Bob

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