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Refreshing a user's Windows-profile - Windows XP

Microsoft has ceased security support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014. This means that PCs running Windows XP will no longer be safe to use.

Please contact your 1A partner to obtain a more recent operating system or a new PC.
This manual is for older systems and/or software and is no longer maintained.

This manual explains how to refresh your server profile. This remedies the situation where a profile has become too large.


To complete this manual, you will need:

  • A computer connected to your 1A-server
  • The login credentials for the user in question
  • The login credentials for the local administrator
  • The name or IP address of your 1A-server


  • Restart the computer
  • Log in as local administrator
  • Go to 'C:\Documents and Settings\'
  • Click 'Extra' → 'Folder options' → 'View'
  • Check "Show hidden files and folders" aan
  • Click 'OK'
Rename the local profile
  • Create a folder with the name 'Old'
  • Move the folder with the profile of the user in question to 'Old'
  • If it exists, also move the folder 'Temp' to 'Old'
  • If multiple folders for this user exist, for example User-PC2, also move these to 'Old'
Rename the local profile
Rename the network profile
  • Click the start button
  • Click 'Run...'
  • Enter the name or IP address of your server prefixed by two backslashes.
    For example \\servername or \\companyname
  • Behind that, enter another backslash and the username.
    For example \\servername\username
  • Press 'Enter' on your keyboard
  • Log in on the server as the user in question
  • Rename the folder '.profileNT' to 'OLDprofileNT'
Rename the network profile
Configure the nieuw profile
  • Log off the local administrator
  • Log in as the user in question. The user will receive a completely clean profile.
  • Restart the computer
Restore data
  • Log in as local administrator
  • Go to 'C:\Documents and Settings\'
  • Open the folder 'Old\username' and 'username' in separate windows
  • Copy data back from 'Old\username' to 'username'. Check the image next to this step for an overview of what to copy and what not.
Restore data
Recreate the Outlook profiel
  • Log off the local administrator
  • Log in as the user in question
  • Go to 'C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\'
  • Look for a file ending in '.NK2'
  • Note the name of this file without the '.NK2' extension. This is the name to give to the Outlook profile.
  • Start Outlook
  • Create the profile with the name you noted


This walkthrough does not cover all software packages. Commonly used software that also requires data to be transferred includes the following:
  • Mozilla Software (like Firefox and Thunderbird)
  • Apple Software (like iTunes)
  • Microsoft Software (Excel, Word, Outlook Express)
  • Bank software