Restore User Profiles on 2000

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Edit the User Profile Registry Key

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Edit the registry so that the profile image path points to the user profile folder that you worked with in the "Grant Full Control Permission for the User Profile Folder" section in this article: 1. Log on to the computer with the user profile that you want to restore.

2. Click Start, and then click Run.

3. Type regedit, and then click OK.

4. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

5. Locate your user profile folder.

NOTE: When you open the ProfileList folder, you see several folders, each of which belongs to a different user. These folders are named according to the user security IDs (SIDs) and not according to the user names.

To locate your user profile folder, use one of the following options:

• For each folder, click the folder, and then look for the ProfileImagePath value that contains the path to your user profile (such as %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\username).


• In Registry Editor, press CTRL+F to start the Find tool. Type your user name in the Find what box, click to select the Data check box under Look at, and then click Find.

6. After you locate the subkey folder for your user profile, double-click the ProfileImagePath value.

7. In the Value data box, change the path so that it points to the profile folder that you are restoring, and then and click OK.

8. Quit Registry Editor. The next time that you log on to the computer, Windows will use your restored user profile.