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I have a user that is logged on but i dont think that their profile has loaded properly. I click on the start menu and it shows the correct username, but im wondering is there a way (once im logged in) to tell if i am using a temp profile or my normal one?

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is the background the same-my temp is still in the factory setting desktop – mic84 Nov 23 '11 at 12:07
sorry i dont understand? – ben950 Nov 23 '11 at 12:11
Which OS are you using? – HaydnWVN Nov 23 '11 at 12:19
Windows Xp pro 32 bit – ben950 Nov 23 '11 at 12:21
just if the desktop looks the same-it happened to me and the desktop was different – mic84 Nov 23 '11 at 12:26
up vote 2 down vote accepted

In Windows XP:

Right click 'My Computer', goto 'Properties' then on the Advanced tab click [Settings] under User Profiles. This will list all the user profiles on the PC, sizes, date modified etc. Verify you don't have two with similar names or one local and the one you want to use being a roaming profile.

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Thanks i forgot about that little trick – ben950 Nov 23 '11 at 12:37
No problem, thanks! :) – HaydnWVN Nov 23 '11 at 12:46
Just to add another way as well is just to goto C:\Documents and Settings if TEMP is listed in that folder same result. – MrStatic Nov 23 '11 at 14:10
If Windows cannot load the users profile then it'll login with a 'temp' username, coincidentally this user will have a different desktop background as mentioned by mic84 above :) – HaydnWVN Nov 23 '11 at 14:27

Goto start control panel and then mail, mail setup goto Profiles, show profiles, copy and rename then save and apply changes.

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bring up a dos box....type set and hit the line at the bottom that says USERPROFILE

If it says TEMP then you are logged in with a temp profile

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