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    User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile
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    User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    How to Fix the Error "Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile." in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    A user profile is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It contains the account's settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows.

    A user profile is different from a user account, which you use to sign in to Windows. Each user account has at least one user profile associated with it.

    When you log on to Vista using a temporary profile (user account), and you receive this error message:

    Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile.

    Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator.

    For more information, see:
    A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system

    Tip   Tip
    This problem usually occurs if the current user's profile was accidentally deleted from the system or got corrupted.
    warning   Warning
    If you have this error message below instead, then see: How to Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded."

    The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.


    EXAMPLE: Error Message in Windows 7
    User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile-windows7.jpg



    STEP ONE

    Log On to the Computer as an Administrator
    warning   Warning
    You must be logged on to an administrator account using either step 1 or 2 below before you can move on to do the STEP TWO section below.
    1. To Log on to another Administrator account
    NOTE: If you do not have another Administrator account, then proceed to step 2.
    A) Go to the STEP TWO section below.
    OR

    2. To Boot into Safe Mode for the built-in Administrator account
    NOTE: You may not need to enable the built-in Administrator account. If this was the only normal administrator account you had, then Safe Mode should automatically boot into the built-in Administrator account.
    Tip   Tip
    If you cannot boot into Windows and do not have a Windows installation DVD, then you can create and use the boot disc below to boot into Safe Mode with instead.

    Windows 7: (Option Two at link)
    How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc

    Vista: (Option One at link)
    How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc

    A) Boot into Safe Mode (in Vista) or Safe Mode (in Windows 7).

    B) If Safe Mode did not boot into the built-in Administrator
    account, then enable the built-in Administrator account. If it did , then go to step 2C.

    C) Log off in Safe Mode, and then log on to the built-in Administrator account to logon with that account in Safe Mode.

    D) Go to the STEP TWO section below.
    OR

    3. To Enable the Built-in Administrator account at Boot
    A) For how, see: How to Enable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account from WinRE

    B) When enabled, log in to the built-in Administrator account, and go to the STEP TWO section below for what you would like to do




    STEP TWO

    Delete the User Account Profile's SID Key
    1. Backup anything that you do not want to lose in this user account's C:\Users\(user-name) profile folder, if the profile folder still exists, to another location, then delete the (user-name) profile folder.

    2. Open the Start menu.

    3. In the Start Menu search box, type regedit and press Enter.

    4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

    5. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 7)

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
    6. In the left pane, click on one of the S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the long number. (See screenshot below step 7)
    NOTE: It should have .bak at the end of it.
    A) In the right pane, look at the ProfileImagePath to see if this is the same user account that you deleted in step 1 above.

    B) Repeat step 6 until you find the one that you deleted in step 1 above.
    7. To Backup the Registry SID Key
    WARNING: You should backup this SID key to be safe in case you delete the wrong one in step 8 below.
    A) Right click on the SID key from step 6, and click on Export.

    B) Type in a name and save the REG file to a safe location.
    NOTE: This is your backup. To Restore the Backup, right click on the REG backup file and click on Merge.

    C) Continue on to step 8.
    User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile-repair.jpg
    8. Right click on the SID key, from step 6 with bak at the end, and click on Delete. (see screenshot above)

    9. Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (See screenshot below)
    User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile-confirm.jpg
    10. If there is another SID key with the exact same long number from step 6 for this user account without bak at the end, repeat step 7 first, then right click on this same SID key, and click on Delete. (see screenshot below step 7)

    11. Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (See screenshot below step 9)

    12. Close regedit.

    13. Log off and log on.
    Note   Note
    After you log on to the computer, the profile folder you are having problems with is re-created. If not, then try a System Restore using a restore point dated before you got this error. If this still does not help, then you will need to create a new account and restore the user folder files from the backup created at step 1.




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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    wow! this must of taken u ages well erm i had this prob and i did the reedit thing i then took of the .bak instead of deleting anything so it still allowed me to logg on but looking at this have i doen something wrong

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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    Hi Shaze,

    As long as it is letting you logon without any problems, it will be ok.

    See this other related tutorial below to reference also to see if this was the problem you had instead of this one here.

    The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    This did work for me also. Why did it happen and might it happen again????

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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    Hi Swaye, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    It can happen from some unknown reasons, but usually can happen when the C:\Users\(user name) folder gets renamed or deleted. While this is not a problem that happens usually, it can happen again since part of why it happens is unknown.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hi Swaye, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    It can happen from some unknown reasons, but usually can happen when the C:\Users\(user name) folder gets renamed or deleted. While this is not a problem that happens usually, it can happen again since part of why it happens is unknown.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Yes it does and I am grateful that you were here to help. I was not looking forward to re-installing vista. Your answer does precipitate another question. Is Microsoft doing anything to correct this particular problem??? Thank you...

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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    You're welcome Swaye,

    Well, I suppose that they did place this solution in a KB article at the top of the tutorial, but I do not know if they are doing anything else.

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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    Fortunately I've found this topic. I got the same problem like this since I renamed the folder in Linux accidentally and changed it back again right after.
    Then when I logged in Vista with temp profile, I couldn't even open my profile folder "C:\users\srap not accessible. The file or folder is corrupted and unreadable" even though I can access to it in Linux.
    My profile is sort of huge thing with lots of stuff so I'm very afraid of restore them all after. Is there anything else I could do in this case? And my profile hasn't been changed a bit.

    Thank you to write this tut for us.
    Srap.

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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    Hi Srap,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    You might try Option One in this tutorial below instead to see if it can restore the user profile to the way it was.

    The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

    Thanks, Brink.
    I'll try to do this and post a result. I don't know exactly what could be an explaination for this. I could open the folder Srap under NTFS Pro with a Hiren BootCD or in Linux, but not in Vista. Have to use Linux right now.

    Edit: No help for whatever methods. I think I need to rename folder Srap by BootCD, then re-create this profile by deleting SID, and finally copy it back. Maybe I'll lose some info but it could be the best way now.

    Last edited by srap; 28 Apr 2008 at 02:32 AM.
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