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Program to record file openings?


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Hey guys,

I am getting this problem on my other PC which has windows 2000 installed.
I get the following error message:

Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system.

DETAIL- The system cannot find the file specified.


I already tried quite a lot of sollutions but I don't seem to be able to fix the problem.
I hope I gave enough information to work with.

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Have you tried taking ownership of the files in question?

http://www.le.ac.uk/...ocs/acls2.shtml

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320046

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I have no idea what files are causing the problem.
We only get that error but it does not tell us which files it can't find.

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The following works for XP so it should also work for W2K:

Before doing any of the following, make a backup of your registry. I suggest you install ERUNT to do this.

Your files are still there. Sounds like your user profile has lost it's connection with where it's data is stored. If you are comfortable with using regedit, try this by booting to Safe Mode by pressing F8 during boot. Login as Administrator, no password.

The key is a registry entry that redirects Windows back to the ProfileImagePath of the original profile.

Click on Start then Run, type regedit and press Enter. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Once there, you will see the SID's listed for all of the profiles on the machine. Something like this:

S-1-5-18
S-1-5-19
S-1-5-20
S-1-5-21-1343024091-1409082233-839522115-1003

Within the Key for each SID there is an entry called ProfileImagePath that will look like

%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\UserName...

Scroll through the SID's until you find the one with the screwy name, like

%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\youruserid.2

This is just an example, could be someithing else weird.

Just edit the Key to remove the ".2", and it will point the user back to their old profile...

Got this from: http://techrepublic....ssageID=1914470

Also some excellent information here: http://www.lockergno...p-user-profile/
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Just tried the fix Ztruker suggested.

Went to the correct pathing in regedit but all the ProfileImagePath where set without any weird things behind it.

Anything else we could try?
Is there maybe a program that could log which files are being opened at login?

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Is there anything being logged in Event Viewer that might give a clue?
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have you tried to create a new user account...make it a admin account....see if problem goes away with that account...we can move your data to the new account if its ok...
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Is there anything being logged in Event Viewer that might give a clue?


Nope.. last time I had the error was a week ago.
the last error in the eventvwr was 3 weeks ago.

have you tried to create a new user account...make it a admin account....see if problem goes away with that account...we can move your data to the new account if its ok...


I can try. But this problem is so random. One week it appears all of a sudden, then the other week it won't happen at all.
So I could try but I would have no idea if the problem would be solved.

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I believe this is key...

Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system.


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I belive so too :)
However i've done quite a bit with this machine already, hence the topic title.
I know these programs might cause harm and you guys probably don't want to give advice on such a program. But I understand this.
Any feedback would be apreciated :)

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Olrik
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try this...Process Explorer
From Sysinternals:...get it here...

Process Explorer is an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task Manager leaves off. It will show you detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more. When you zoom in on a particular process you can list the DLLs it has loaded or the operating system resource handles it has open. A search capability enables you to track down a process that has a resource opened, such as a file, directory or Registry key, or to view the list of processes that have a DLL loaded.
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I'll try this program out. Thanks a lot happyrck!

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your welcome... :)
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Ok, I had the problem again yesterday.
So the first thing I did was rename my profile to: "<namehere>.old"
Logged into that account and no error. So yes, Making a new profile does help.
How do I transfer all my settings accross?

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I don't think you can without bring the "bad " setting with it...you will have to tweak everything again.. :)
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