Can't find NTUSER.DAT, NTUSER.INI files

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Can't find NTUSER.DAT, NTUSER.INI files

OK, here's one for you... Did a clean install of XP SP2 - reformat, install on machine containing only mouse, kbd, cd-rom, video card and hdd (hard drive) (due to REALLY hard time trying to get successful install w/o BSOD). It FINALLY installed, but when I log on as either user or admin there is only wallpaper - no task bar or icons. ctl-alt-del allows me to use Switch to New Task in Task Mgr to tiptoe around and look through the file system. There is NO ntuser.dat, ntuser.ini, ntuser."nuthin" anywhere on the system! The profiles for admin, all users and owner are essentially empty.

Any help with what windows executable or setup file might be invoked to get the user environments established? Since the install got this far, I'd really prefer to tweak it the rest of the way, if possible, rather than do another install, since the only way this one completed was to turn off L1 AND L2 cache (took a day and a half to complete). I'm also REALLY afraid that if I do a repair of the installation it'll BSOD on me again, and I'll be right back where I was a couple of days ago.

The suggestion, found on other sites, to copy in fresh explorer.exe and userinit.exe don't work.

Thanks for any help.

   

hubby
Re: NTUSER.DAT file

If you are getting BSOD'd during installation, then something is wrong with your hardware. I think that no matter what you do, you are gong to have issues until you resolve that root-issue.

..but yes, i would have said to check your explorer.exe, but like i said, i think yiu have hardware issues.

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Re: NTUSER.DAT file
man i got a nutser problem... its showing in my documents area .. where pics vids and downloads r. i cant delete this one.. i only have one user account and its admin.. i also have it set to hide hidden files so it shouldnt be showing up. but this osne still says another user or a program is using it every time i try to delete it. i cant open it or anything.. i have scanned it with a fully updated version of microsoft security essentials.. this is an xp tweaked addition .. its ver fresh.. i just installed a week ago and got all the updates then deleted all the windows crap i didnt want i dont like that nutser file showing i dont know why it is and i dont think it should be there. do some programs create one>? i have rainmeter. but i cant find info on it.. Rainmeter.net.. that thing i have.. but i dont know if it would do this.. if the file passes all the virus scans should i just hide it my self??
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Re: NTUSER.DAT file

Anonymous Visitor wrote:
OK, here's one for you... Did a clean install of XP SP2 - reformat, install on machine containing only mouse, kbd, cd-rom, video card and hdd (hard drive) (due to REALLY hard time trying to get successful install w/o BSOD). It FINALLY installed, but when I log on as either user or admin there is only wallpaper - no task bar or icons. ctl-alt-del allows me to use Switch to New Task in Task Mgr to tiptoe around and look through the file system. There is NO ntuser.dat, ntuser.ini, ntuser."nuthin" anywhere on the system! The profiles for admin, all users and owner are essentially empty.

Any help with what windows executable or setup file might be invoked to get the user environments established? Since the install got this far, I'd really prefer to tweak it the rest of the way, if possible, rather than do another install, since the only way this one completed was to turn off L1 AND L2 cache (took a day and a half to complete). I'm also REALLY afraid that if I do a repair of the installation it'll BSOD on me again, and I'll be right back where I was a couple of days ago.

The suggestion, found on other sites, to copy in fresh explorer.exe and userinit.exe don't work.

Thanks for any help.

Something definitely went wrong somewhere. Good installs hop right along and the difficulties you encountered before, during and after don't happen normally. I would attempt a clean install again - there are probably other glitches than this which you have not discovered. Since you mentioned doing a recovery install, I'm assuming you are using a generic XP CD. What I'm going to suggest applies to doing the install from an actual XP CD and not a mfg's recovery CD or partition.

But before starting from scratch, let's do a Hail Mary and try fixing the master boot record. Maybe we'll luck out. Boot from your XP CD. After everything loads, at the first menu page choose R for the Recovery Console. This isn't where you do the Windows recovery install, this is where techs go to patch up, replace and fix things. At the prompt on this Recovery Console page, type "fixmbr" (no quotes) and I think you have to answer y when it asks if your sure you want to do this. Hit Enter then immediately get down in front of your PC and pray to the god of your choice.

If that didn't work, then the boot partition could not be fixed by our method or it may be possible that your difficulties could be hardware-releted. To eliminate some of the possible hardware conflicts, remove all PCI cards before doing the install including the video card if your mobo has onboard video. If your mobo has a reset jumper near the CMOS battery, remove the battery, move the jumper over to the adjacent reset pins then replace it to the original location. While the battery is out, stick your tongue on the edge to make sure it still has about 3-volts - use a multimeter if you're not sure what 3-volts tastes like.

At this point, I'm thinking the boot partition not being deleted before your reinstall may have been the problem. If you are using a generic Windows XP disk (not a mfg's recovery disk), always be sure and delete ALL old partitions before formatting and installing Windows. This option is early on in the reinstallation procedure and it involves answering D and L at the prompts the procedure gives you.

After deleting all partitions, the screen that lists partitions available to install Windows should only show one entry called Unpartioned Space and to the right it should give you a size number very close to the size of your hdd (hard drive). Go ahead and do the install on this space and at the next step, always choose Full NTFS format (not quick).

Of course, doing it this way from a generic XP CD requires you to have a legit product code key from the sticker that is attached to your PC and you will want to use the version of Windows XP that the sticker indicates. XP Pro isn't picky about the Service Pack level of the CD but most XP Home code keys usually will only work with XP Home SP2 or earlier versions. I've never had much luck with XP Home SP3 CD's nor most generic XP Media Center Edition CD's.

Some hardware drivers will need to be gotten from your PC mfg's web site.

If installing this way still brings you problems, I have to assume faulty hardware. Easiest to check is using another hdd (hard drive). Let's hope it isn't your motherboard.

hubby
Re: Can't find NTUSER.DAT, NTUSER.INI files

One other thing: i assume you have the option to view hidden & system files ON, because normally these files are hidden ..
yah?

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