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Old 07-15-2011, 11:39 AM
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Aren't user accounts and user profiles the same thing?

People usually say "profile" when you use different computers on a network, to access your own account. On the page below, it's like the two terms are just the same thing:

Windows XP - User Profiles
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:52 AM
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Yeah, they're the same.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:03 PM
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Kind of same, kind of not imho.
User account is basically the security login credentials created for to be able to access a resource (PC, Network share, mailbox, etc.)
User profile, however can include the account and can also account for the directory created for retaining user related data, customizations, documents, etc.
So when the user's profile is having issues due to application corruption or malicious software infection, one of the effective and logical steps could be to delete (or wiser just to hide by renaming) the user's profile located on the machine, for XP it would be at C:\Documents and Settings\...
The action of hiding/deleting user profile has no affect on the actual user account. So next time user logs on to the machine, Windows would recreate the "user profile" directory where it most of the time resolves most user specific issues. In Windows 7, this is a bit more complicated due to the related registry keys that would also have to be deleted/renamed.

Well, this is my take on it... =)
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