A new folder is created for roaming profiles after you install Windows 2000 SP4

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When a user uses a roaming profile to log on to a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer that has Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) installed, a new folder that has a .usr extension is created for roaming profiles. Roaming profiles use the .usr folder instead of using the existing .pds folder on computers that have Windows 2000 SP4 or earlier installed.
This problem occurs because the CentralProfile registry entry is updated with a new profile path value when you install Windows 2000 SP4. The new profile path value does not include the path of the .pds folder. Therefore, when a user logs on by using a roaming profile, the profile is updated with the profile path value of the new .usr folder.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

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No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6824      42,256  Basesrv.dll         21-Sep-2003  00:45  5.0.2195.6824     236,304  Cmd.exe             05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6824     222,992  Gdi32.dll           05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6867     711,440  Kernel32.dll        05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6824      54,032  Mpr.dll             05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6860     334,096  Msgina.dll          05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6824      90,232  Rdpwd.sys   30-Sep-2003  20:56  5.0.2195.6826   5,298,176  Sp3res.dll          05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6869     380,176  User32.dll          05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6871     389,392  Userenv.dll         31-Oct-2003  03:02  5.0.2195.6869   1,628,816  Win32k.sys   21-Sep-2003  00:44  5.0.2195.6824     182,032  Winlogon.exe        05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6826     243,984  Winsrv.dll          05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6867     711,440  Kernel32.dll        31-Oct-2003  03:02  5.0.2195.6869   1,628,816  Win32k.sys   05-Nov-2003  19:51  5.0.2195.6826     243,984  Winsrv.dll       
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 New naming schema for Microsoft Windows hotfix packages
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 831215 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 20:10:04 - Revision: 1.6

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