Strange user profile path change to C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by NZSchoolTech, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. NZSchoolTech

    NZSchoolTech Guest

    I have a laptop user who has lost their desktop items and My Documents
    contents etc as well as access to Outlook data files.

    When I look in the Registry at
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, I
    find that most of the string values in this key point to C:\Documents and
    Settings\TEMP path instead of C:\Documents and Settings\<user name> which is
    the default that this user was set up with when they were set up on the

    The laptops are set up so that the main user has a local profile. Everyone
    else who logs on gets a roaming profile from the server.

    Folder redirection is applied by GPO. The GPO setting for the group they are
    a member of explicitly redirects their folder My Documents and Desktop to
    %USERPROFILE%\Desktop and My Documents meaning that these should be set to
    wherever the user's profile comes from. Ordinary this is not this TEMP
    folder. I do not know why this would have been changed to C:\Documents and
    Settings\Temp for this user. It is a very strange situation.

    What other steps can I take to try to determine why the user's profile path
    has changed? I haven't yet looked in User Shell Folders but I expect it will
    probably contain the expected Expandable String values loaded with variants
    of %USERPROFILE% as normal.

    There is definitely no user called TEMP and no idea why this path would have
    been created to be used for a userprofile.

    I remember another user was having problems one day because an application
    had altered one of the environment strings causing their path to be wrong.
    This meant Windows could not load a DLL it needed because of the path
    change. Is it possible that an application has somehow changed the
    environment variable %USERPROFILE% ? How would I be able to determine what
    is causing this to happen?
    NZSchoolTech, Jun 7, 2007
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  2. In a command prompt, type
    and look for the %userprofile% path. ....
    Meaning, your domain user logs in, the roaming profile is downloaded once,
    and then you change the type from roaming to local? That's what I often do
    if I've got a user who has a laptop & a desktop - you know you've got at
    least some backup of their profile settings. If they don't use both a laptop
    and a desktop, just leave it roaming (why not)?

    Ah. Do not use folder redirection to send anything over to the user's
    roaming profile folder- it kinda defeats the purpose of having folder
    redirection at all. By default, those folders *would* roam as part of the
    profile - and you don't want that, as you want your profiles to stay *tiny*.

    Instead, redirect them elsewhere....I usually use the users' home
    directories (& appropriate subfolders therein).

    Check the event logs, and I'll bet you the domain profile got corrupted and
    a temporary one was loaded. I'd delete the cached local profile and log in
    again as the user (see note above about roaming profile/change to local).

    Download & install the latest version of the User Profile Hive Cleanup
    Service on all computers.
    See above (event logs are where you ought to start). I'm presuming you've
    got backups of the data (My Docs & Desktop), right? That they were
    redirected & are available on the server?
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 7, 2007
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  3. NZSchoolTech

    NZSchoolTech Guest

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Doesn't matter at all on a local profile - it doesn't roam. On a laptop,
    they expect their files to be on the local hard drive - not on the network.
    NZSchoolTech, Jun 11, 2007
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