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Our domain admin logon on PCs or Servers used to have only one profile located on

c:\users\administrator

Somehow, now we got a duplicated profile called

c:\users\administrator.domain

Does anyone know why?

Win 7 sp1

Win 2008 R2

Win 2012 R2

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This is probably nothing to worry about - this will occur when the original local profile folder doesn't unload or is otherwise corrupted.

Basically, the first profile will be

C:\Users\username

If there's an issue with the username folder, it'll append the domain name:

C:\Users\username.domain

If there's an issue with the username.domain folder, it'll then start a numerical sequence:

C:\Users\username.domain.000

C:\Users\username.domain.001

And so on.

With the "Administrator" account in particular, it could also be caused by a name clash betwen the local administrator account and the domain administrator account.

Either way, this is all just part of Windows Profile Management (Or it's lack of, I guess you could say) and unless you're having a specific issue I'd just forget about it.

  • I would mention the name clash first. I would say that is the most common reason for the ".domain" suffix to the profile folder. Seems to be the more logical order for your answer. – Daniel Apr 13 '15 at 5:54
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The only thing I'll add to Dan's answer is if you choose to change the name of that profile folder, say back to C:\users\username, then you have to change the path in the registry as well, under

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\<GUID>\ProfileImagePath

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