Can not find the source of prfXXXX.tmp files that are saved on desktop

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Microsoft Windows XP
Roaming Profiles
Windows 2000 Server
In my environment, we are running Window Server 2003 and Window XP Pro. We have a one roaming profile that periodically creates prfXXXX.tmp files on the desktop. The files are always 2GB. We can not determine what application is creating the temp files and why they are not being deleted. Please advise.

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This problem happens if the Indexing service or some other process (such as an open file agent) has opened the indicated temporary file during profile synchronization.

If so, the temporary file is not deleted. It is uploaded with the roaming profile when you log off and reconciled to the local profile when you log on again.

Although antivirus software may also cause this problem, the impact is likely to be minimal because there are fewer file operations for such processes than for Indexing and open file agents.

I would delete the file have the user log off and see if the file comes back. If the file returns then you should keep an eye on the process monitor – is the file on the desktop before it comes up or is it there afterwards?

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  • Ndg064
    Is performance monitor running? What does the content of the files look like? Try the HexTreme hex editor tool from Dreamsys to look at the contents. Maybe you could post a portion of the content to help identify it .
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  • Kevin Beaver
    You can use the free Process Monitor tool to see what's going on as well.
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