If you want to log in and have access to all the desktop
settings and files in a particular profile other than your
current one, than this tip is for you. It requires a registry
edit which can potentially screw up Windows 2000 if you
don't know what you are doing, so you have been warned...
Note: You may run into some security problems
accessing a profile from another account on a NTFS formatted
partition since you are technically not the owner of those
files. To get around this, log in as an administrator
and modify the permissions on the shared profile folder
so the other user can access those files. If you modified
the administrator account to use a regular user profile,
you shouldn't have to worry about the permissions.
- Find which profile you want the other profile to share.
Windows 2000 typically stores its profiles in the Documents
and Settings folder on the same drive where the operating
system in installed.
- Click on the Start menu button--Run...
- Type regedt32 and press the <Enter>
- Highlight the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE window.
- In the hierarchical tree in the left hand column,
double click on the following keys in the specified
- Under ProfileList, you'll find some keys named with
a long string of numbers and letters. Each of these
folders correspond to the profiles that have been created
on the computer. Open up each key and look at the ProfileImagePath
value until you find the profile that you want to change
to use another profile.
- Modify the ProfileImagePath to point it to the profile
you want to use. Example: %SystemDrive%\Documents and
- Log out and log back in to see the results.