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Why do I have two profiles in Windows?

I hadn’t noticed this until today, but someone asked me why some computers had a profile for user01 and a profile for user01.domain. This got me to scratching my head because it seemed to be a good question for me and I usually dig until I find the answer out. This one wasn’t too hard to come up with, but it’s something that I hadn’t heard verbatim before. If there is already a profile folder with the same name as the user that you are logging on with, it will create the folder as user01.ComputerName or user01.DomainName. I’m still looking for how it decides that or what order it comes in, but that’s enough info to at least know what is happening.

Here’s a quote from wikipedia on user profile creation (windows xp but still seems applicable:
“At first logon, a folder will typically be created under “Documents and Settings” (standard folder on English version of Windows 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003) matching the logon name of the user. Should a folder of that name already exist, the profile-creation process will create a new one, typically named username.computername, on workgroup computers, or username.domainname on Active Directory member computers.”

Other Resources:
Fix a corrupt user profile in Windows 7

Update: Just found out a little more info about the possible order. If anyone has different experiences please post it in the comments.
Dave Patrick suggests the following order:
“On a newly-joined-to-the-domain PC if you logon to the pc first, then to the
domain you would end up with two profiles.
Else if you logon to the domain first, then to the pc you would end up with

Comments { 0 } Posted on April 25, 2011 in Active Directory, Networking, Windows, Windows 7

Make Windows 7 find search results for a Mapped Drive

I got this shiny new WDShareSpace 4TB Network Storage System with RAID so that I could pull my files down to it to get organized. I would like to review the device in the future, but for now I want to use it as an example on showing how I was able to fix my problem.

So after I setup the device with a static IP on the network and configured it, I mapped the drive locally on my Windows 7 workstation. Whenever I performed a search, from the start button or from the search bar in windows explorer I could never get results to come up from the mapped drive. I did a little research and found that one option was to make the drive available offline. Obviously, that is a terrible option because I would have stored them on my local drive in the first place if that’s what I wanted to do. After looking at a few more sites, I found a combined solution that worked for me although it isn’t the perfect solution I had hoped for. So here’s what I have done to fix my issue:

  1. Download and install this Microsoft Hotfix (kb228596). Mine needed a reboot.
  2. Open RegEdit, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SearchPlatform\Preferences and add a new DWORD Value titled EnableSearchingSlowLibrariesInStartMenu with a binary value of 1. Exit Regedit.
  3. Download and install the Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks.

After I performed these three steps, my Windows 7 x64 workstation was returning search results from my mapped drive. I’m working on the indexing part, but I wanted to get this info out here before I forgot.


Comments { 2 } Posted on March 7, 2011 in Networking, Windows, Windows 7