I have an XPPro system that insists on losing or not saving settings.
For many of them, I have to log in as admin to save the settings (which is usually no problem).
For some of them, the admin has a different set of settings. So the user can't modify the settings because they don't have permission. The admin can't modify the user's settings because the admin has a different set. I could upgrade the user's account to admin to do this but I shouldn't have to! In this case, power management settings is the most annoying. When on battery (UPS), the settings want to hibernate after 2 hours. The battery only lasts about 20 minutes. I can't access the user's setting to modify it though the admin's is OK.
Finally, even some of the admin's settings refuse to save. The only example I can think of at this moment is the toolbar settings for IE or Explorer; they reset back to the same defaults every time.
Fingers crossed that Longhorn isn't crap...
Then why does the user's account show different settings (fields disabled) from the admin account? And if I alter the settings, the user's don't change to match. Perhaps they are just showing defaults since they can't be changed from there anyway...
P.S. For anyone still reading this thread, IE lost it's settings because HP is retarded. After asking them, they sent me a link to a "driver" (that's what they actually called it!) to update one of their pieces of software. That fixed it.