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How Windows Chooses Between Roaming and Local Profiles
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When a user with a roaming profile logs on to a computer running Windows, the system checks whether the cached locally profile is more recent than the roaming profile. In that case, the system doesn't need to reload the profile from the central server. This check is based only on the "last write time" of the user's registry hive Ntuser.dat.
If a network administrator makes any modifications (for example, program groups or shortcuts) to a roaming profile, these changes may be lost.
The following is an example where these changes will be lost: