Howto: Delete a cached copy of a Windows Roaming Profile using Zenworks

To delete a cached copy of a roaming profile

Run Regedit and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\

Create a DWORD value named DeleteRoamingCache and set it to 1

The current roaming profile should be removed at user logoff. You may need to reboot before this setting takes effect.

If you would like to push this setting out via Zenworks:

1) Copy the following italicized text into notepad or other text editor and save the file as deleterc.reg. Make sure the file has a .reg extension, not .txt!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

2) In ConsoleOne create a new simple Zenworks application and associate it with the appropriate users or workstations. I suggest setting this application to Force Run.

3) Edit the properties of the new application, and select Distribution Options – Registry

4) Select File – Import, and browse to the deleterc.reg file you created in step 1. Highlight deleterc.reg, and press open. This will import the registry key into your application.

5) Remain in the Registry window of your application, and highlight the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DeleteRoamingCache DWORD value you just imported.

6) In the box below Distribution options for the selected leaf item or leaf items below selected item, set Item Will Create Always and press Ok.


You can select options other than Item Will Create Always, but I choose to use this setting in case someone makes changes to this setting by hand.

For more information see KB 173870.

If you’d like to remove or modify a profile via the command line or a script, check out Optimum X‘s DeleteProfiles.exe and ModifyProfile.exe

One Response to “Howto: Delete a cached copy of a Windows Roaming Profile using Zenworks”

  1. Roland Says:

    What a cool suggestion and great tweak to delete these old roaming profiles. We puzzled over this for a while but never thought to check that this could be fixed with simple registry setting. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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