Windows roaming profiles not updating


06-Nov-2020 09:42

To avoid problems with large files or large numbers of files, the roaming profile is often combined with Folder Redirection, allowing certain pertinent folders within the profile (usually My Documents, Pictures, and Videos) to be “redirected” permanently onto the network, avoiding the need for copying these particular folders at logon and logoff.

Traditional roaming profiles have occasionally suffered from issues regarding profile failures and have always been susceptible to “last writer wins” issues when multiple sessions are in use.

When using a roaming profile, this database can become corrupted, resulting in problems, such as Cortana crashing, icons disappearing from the Start Tiles, or, in the worst-case scenario, the left-click Start Menu simply does not function at all.

James is a consultant from the UK, specializing mainly in end-user computing, Active Directory and client-side monitoring.

I've checked the MS Help & Support centre and it doesn't give much. When I followed the link they provided it proved useless.

I'm not sure if updating this Net App filer would work, I can't even try it because I can't even find the update. This is an exaple of a share path that failed every time on my network\server\users$\Dept\username\Profiles I shortened it to \server\Dept\username\Profilesand it worked fine ever since.

Typically this is done by defining the “Delete cached copies of roaming profiles” GPO and setting it to Enabled.

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In Windows 10, though, a hook from a process (called the State Repository Service) will more often than not prevent the profile from being unloaded.Microsoft’s new apps also do not persist in any settings within the roaming profile store.