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This step-by-step article describes how to clean profiles by using the Cprofile command in Terminal Services. The Cprofile command removes wasted space from profiles, and removes user-specific file associations from the registry if user-specific file associations are turned off.
Users can use file associations to associate a specific program with a specific file type. A server uses file associations to determine what program to use to access files of a particular type. File types are registered by using Explorer. With per-user file associations, each user can have a different program associated with a specific file type. For example, one user might have .doc files associated with Microsoft Word, and another user might have .doc files associated with WordPad.
Note that user-specific file associations in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition are turned on or off by using the Peruser command. If the user-specific file associations are turned on, Cprofile removes only the wasted space from the user's profile. If user-specific file associations are turned off, Cprofile also removes the corresponding registry entries.
For additional information about the preceding topic, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257592/EN-US/ )Changes in File Types/Association Features in Windows 2000
186537When items are removed from a user's profile, the corresponding registry does not become smaller. Cprofile is useful in clearing this wasted space from the registry.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/186537/EN-US/ )Terminal Server Commands: PERUSER
NOTE: Profiles that are currently in use are not modified, and you must be an administrator to run Cprofile.
cprofile [/l] [/i] [/v] filelist
cprofile [/i] [/v] filelist
Processing file: C:\Documents and Settings\Tester\NTUSER.DAT Modify (Y)es, (N)o, or (Q)uit [default=n]? y Processing file: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\NTUSER.DAT Modify (Y)es, (N)o, or (Q)uit [default=n]? n Processing file: \\zippy\C$\Documents and Settings\Tester2\ntuser.dat Modify (Y)es, (N)o, or (Q)uit [default=n]? y
For more information about Terminal Services commands, view the following Microsoft Web site: