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Refreshing a server profile - Windows XP

Microsoft has ceased security support for the Windows XP operating system in May 2014. This means that Windows XP PCs 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This manual is for older systems and/or software and is no longer maintained.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