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JSI Tip 4041. Administrator profile becomes corrupted after a clean install of Windows 2000?

After you perform a clean install of Windows 2000, you receive:

Windows cannot load profile. It may be corrupt. Contact your administrator.

To fix this problem:

1. Create a new user account and make it a member of the local Administrators group.

2. Log off and log on as this new administrator.

3. Use Regedt32 to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

4. Inspect the ProfileImagePath value name in each of the SID sub-keys for the Administrator account. This is generally the SID that ends in -500.

5. Delete the SID sub-key for the Administrator account.

6. Exit Regedt32.

7. Restart Windows 2000.

8. Logon as the new administrator account. Windows 2000 will create a new Administrator account.

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