Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

Retrieving an overwritten profile

I recently set up an NT4 domain for a company. They were working on a "workgroup" scenario and the workstations are Win 2000 Pro. I successfully added them to the domain. I also transferred the Local profiles to the domain profile. However, on one machine I did the reverse. I copied the "new" profile to the old profile and now the user lost his desktop settings and his documents! Is there any way to get his profiles reversed again? (It seems to have overwritten all of the files).

I wish I had good news for you, but it looks pretty bleak. If the user had all his or her documents in My Documents,...

they would have been trashed by the new profile.

The good news is that the new profile would not have contained any of the user's personal files, so you should be able to recovery the deleted files. Try Undelete v2 from Executive Software, www.executivesoftware.com. Or send the drive out to a professional data retrieval service.

This was last published in April 2001

Dig Deeper on Microsoft Group Policy Management

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.