Group Policy does not apply roaming profiles correctly if NTuser.dat and NTuser.pol files are not synchronized


Group Policy settings and preferences that are targeted at one client computer are unexpectedly applied to a roaming profile user who logs on to a different client computer.


When a roaming profile user logs off, the NTuser.dat file is always updated on the roaming profile share. The corresponding NTuser.pol file is only updated if the timestamp of the local copy that was created at logon is newer than the copy found in the roaming profile share. A synchronization problem may occur if a user with a roaming profile logs on to multiple client computers at the same time. This can eventually cause policy settings to be applied incorrectly.

For example, if the Group Policy loopback feature is applied on one of the client computers, the NTuser.dat file on the roaming profile share may contain loopback policy settings that are not present in the NTuser.pol file. If this problem occurs, the loopback policy settings that are targeted at one client computer may be unexpectedly applied to a user who logs on to a different client computer.


Windows XP service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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Windows Server 2003, Windows XP SP1, Windows 2000 Server SP3, or Windows 2000 Server SP4

Restart requirement

You do not have to 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.

Windows 2000:

Date Time Version Size File name
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6824 42,256 Basesrv.dll
20-Sep-2003 16:45 5.0.2195.6824 236,304 Cmd.exe
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6882 222,992 Gdi32.dll
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6867 711,440 Kernel32.dll
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6824 54,032 Mpr.dll
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6883 334,096 Msgina.dll
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6882 90,232 Rdpwd.sys
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6882 380,176 User32.dll
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6886 391,440 Userenv.dll
18-Dec-2003 16:13 5.0.2195.6886 1,630,192 Win32k.sys
10-Nov-2003 16:29 5.0.2195.6873 182,032 Winlogon.exe
19-Dec-2003 14:40 5.0.2195.6884 243,984 Winsrv.dll

Windows XP:

Date Time Version Size File name
23-Dec-2003 14:34 5.1.2600.1330 669,184 Userenv.dll

Windows Server 2003:

Date Time Version Size File name
21-Dec-2003 12:14 5.2.3790.115 754,176 Userenv.dll


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

More Information

For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

ID d'article : 830464 - Dernière mise à jour : 16 juil. 2008 - Révision : 1