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The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. How to Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded."
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The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.
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How to Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded."
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This will show you how to fix the error :
The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.
How to Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded."

information   Information
When you log on to Vista or Windows 7 using a temporary profile (user account), you receive this error message:

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

For more information, see:
Error message when you log on to a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer by using a temporary profile: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded"
Note   Note
CAUSE:

The jury is still out on the exact cause, but so far :
  • This issue may occur if the user profile was manually deleted by using the command prompt or Windows Explorer by a user or by some program. A profile that is manually deleted does not remove the security identifier (SID) from the user profile list in the registry. Since the SID is still present, Vista will still try to load the profile by using the ProfileImagePath that points to a nonexistent path. Therefore, the profile cannot be loaded.
  • This can also be a issue with the user profile entering into a backup state.
  • Manually renaming the C:\Users\(User Name) user profile folder.
warning   Warning
If you have this error message below instead, then see: How to Fix the Error "Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile." in Vista

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.

Tip   Tip
If the steps in the tutorial below do not help or you wish to try this first, then:




STEP ONE
Log on to the Computer
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 either the OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO sections.

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 OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO.​

OR
2. To Boot into Safe Mode and Use 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.
Tip   Tip

Windows 7: (Option Two at link)
Vista: (Option One at link)

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 2D.​
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 OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO.​




OPTION ONE
To Fix the User Account Profile

1. Open the Start menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. If prompted by UAC, either click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5)​
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
5. In the left pane, look for the S-1-5..... folder (SID key) with the long number that has .bak at the end of the numbers.​
(See screenshots below steps 6A and 7B)​
NOTE:
A) In the right pane, look at the ProfileImagePath to verify that this is the user account profile that has the error.​
B) You may have another S-1-5..... folder (SID key) above it with the exact same number without the .bak at the end of it.​
6. If you have Two S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the same Number
NOTE: This is if you have two S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the exact same numbers, but the second (below) one has the .bak at the end of the numbers.​
A) In the left pane, right click on the first (top) S-1-5..... folder (SID key) that does not have .bak at the end of the numbers and click Rename. (See screenshot below)​
Repair.jpg

B) Add .bk to the end of the numbers. (See screenshot below)​
Repair_bk.jpg

C) In the left pane, right click on the second S-1-5..... folder (SID key) with .bak at the end of the numbers and click Rename. (See screenshot above)​
D) Remove only .bak from the end of the numbers and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
E) Now go back and Rename the first one with .bk to .bak now at the end of the numbers and press Enter.​
Repar_bak.jpg

F) Go to step 8.​

7. If you have Only One S-1-5..... Folder (SID key) with .bak
NOTE: This is if you only have one S-1-5..... folder (SID key) for your user account with .bak at the end of the numbers.​
A) In the left pane, right click on the S-1-5..... folder (SID key) with .bak at the end of the numbers and click Rename. (See screenshot below)​
B) Remove only .bak at the end of the numbers and press Enter. (See screenshot below and below step 10)​
Repair_Reg2.jpg


8. In the right pane of the one without .bak now, right click on RefCount and click on Modify. (See screenshot below step 10)​
NOTE: If you do not have RefCount, then right click on a empty space in the right pane and click New and DWORD (32 bit) Value, then type RefCount and press Enter. This value for this entry will reset and return back to the original value after you have restarted the computer and logged on to the account.​
A) Type 0 (number) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify_RefCount.jpg


9. In the right pane of the one without .bak now, right click on State and click on Modify. (See screenshot below step 10)​
NOTE: This value for this entry will reset and return back to the original value after you have restarted the computer and logged on to the account.​
A) Type 0 (number) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify_State.jpg


10. The registry will now look like this for the one without .bak now. (See screenshot below)​
Repair_Reg2.jpg

11. Close regedit.​
12. Restart the computer.​
13. See if you can logon now.​
NOTE: If this still does not help, then either try OPTION TWO below or see the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial.​



OPTION TWO
To Delete the User Account and Create Another One

warning   Warning
You can do this option if you do not care about losing the user account and the contents in the user folders. Your programs will still be installed, but you will need to create new shortcuts for them afterwards.

1. Delete the User account profile that this error is for.​
2. Open the Start menu.​
3. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
4. If prompted by UAC, 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 in it.​
NOTE: It may 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.​
NOTE: If the user account is not here, then it has already been removed when deleted in step 1. Go to step 9.​

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, 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.​
SID_Reg.jpg


8. To Delete the Registry SID Key
A) Right click on the SID key, and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (See screenshot below)​
Confirm.jpg


9. Close regedit.​
10. Now, just create a new normal Administrator account.​
11. Restart the computer, and log on to your new account.​
NOTE: If this still does not help, then either try OPTION ONE above or see the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial.​
That's it,
Shawn




 
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Updated 2-14-2008 to include METHOD ONE.

Shawn
 

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#4
Hi badgrrrl,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Sorry to hear that, but System Restore is a good option to. Unfortunately, the exact cause has not been narrowed down yet, just how to fix the resulting problem. The Cause at the top of the tutorial may help some, but if you noticed anything that you may have installed or changed before it happened to you it may help narrow it down more.

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Hi Shawn,

I tried to rename the .bak file but was unable to do that. is there is any other way through which we can change the file name. :confused:
 

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#7
I have tried everything on the list. All I get is error message, stating that I cannot rename.
I also do not have anything in the right field. It's blank!:(
 

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Hi bigvern,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

If the right side is empty, then that user profile (account) is history. While you are in the built-in Administrator account, see if you can create another normal Administrator account and logon to it. If you can, then delete the old account. If not, then I'm afraid it is time to do a reinstall. :(

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bigvern,

If you have a Upgrade Vista installation DVD:
How to Do a Clean Install of Vista with a Upgrade Version


If you have a Full or OEM Recovery Vista installation DVD:
How to Do a Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista


If you only have a Recovery partition, then restart the computer and press F10 or F12 (usually) every second until a Recovery Manager screen comes up. There will be an option to reinstall Vista there. You will need to check your OEM computers documents for their (EX: Dell, HP, etc...) exact procedure, but it should be similar.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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bigvern,

I'm sorry you were not able to repair it and had to reinstall. :(
I hope the reinstall goes well.

Shawn
 

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#13
I am having the same problem with the User Profile service failed logon. I have tried all your solutions and nothing has helped. My right side is empty. I am the administrator and can't do anything. I don't seem to find how to get in the built-in administrator account. I am not very computer smart and can't figure out how to reinstall. I have a disk that came with my Dell (reinstallation DVD) do I use this disk. Please help me!!!:(
 

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Hi LRaulerson,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Yes, that would be the DVD that you would use to reinstall Vista. It will be either a Express, or more likely, a Recovery installation DVD. Either way installs pretty much the same way. Just place the DVD in the drive and restart the computer. You can see the rest of the installation instructions below. It may vary a bit if it is a Recovery DVD at the beginning, but it's basically the same.

How to Do a Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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HELP!!!!!

I am having real problems trying to resolve this problem.

My profile/user account is the administrator, my wives is a standard account.

While trying to solve via standard account, by using your tips, it is stopping me from actioning as it wants admin password, which I type, then does not proceed any further.

I cannot delete my account & I also have tried & failed via cmd to disable admin account.

This is driving me nuts, & I just want smoeone to tell me how to get access back for my account :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
 

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Thanks for all the info. I decided to try one more time the regedit. I found the SId with bak at the end of it and tried to rename it and delete it but it wouldnt let me. said The specified key name already exists. I do have a number above the one that has .bak , with all the same numbers without the .bak. I even tried to delete it and it wouldnt work.
Any other suggestions before I try and reinstall. I dont have a disk to back up everything. I did put the reinstallation disk in and try and run it but it asked for password to continue but it wont take my password. I am very frustrated with the whole computer at this moment, I could throw it out the window!! Thanks!!
 

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Thanks for this, Brink. I managed to fix this problem using safe mode and your "Option 1" instructions. 2 comments:

1) When in REGEDIT, I found I already had a "S-1-5..... folder (SID key) .bak" without any ".bak" at the end of it, so I had to rename that to something else first.

2) This problem occurred for me on a new Vista Ultimate machine that I bought only 3 weeks ago. Had no problems until this issue today, which occurred immediately after Windows Update had rebooted after installing the following updates:

- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista
- Update for Windows Vista
- Microsoft Office Powerpoint Viewer 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
- 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1 (SP1)

All installed on 17th Feb 2008. Not sure if one of these is what is causing these problems for everyone.

Anyway, thanks again - total lifesaver!
 

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Brink

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#18
HELP!!!!!

I am having real problems trying to resolve this problem.

My profile/user account is the administrator, my wives is a standard account.

While trying to solve via standard account, by using your tips, it is stopping me from actioning as it wants admin password, which I type, then does not proceed any further.

I cannot delete my account & I also have tried & failed via cmd to disable admin account.

This is driving me nuts, & I just want smoeone to tell me how to get access back for my account :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
Hi Collin,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Are you able to boot into Safe Mode to enable the built-in Administrator account? From that account try Option One again.

Shawn
 

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#19
Thanks for all the info. I decided to try one more time the regedit. I found the SId with bak at the end of it and tried to rename it and delete it but it wouldnt let me. said The specified key name already exists. I do have a number above the one that has .bak , with all the same numbers without the .bak. I even tried to delete it and it wouldnt work.
Any other suggestions before I try and reinstall. I dont have a disk to back up everything. I did put the reinstallation disk in and try and run it but it asked for password to continue but it wont take my password. I am very frustrated with the whole computer at this moment, I could throw it out the window!! Thanks!!
Hi LRaulerson,

Give this a try. Rename the one without .bak that has the same number as the one with .bak and add .bak to the end of it, then remove .bak from the other one.

Shawn
 

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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
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    Conexant ISST Audio
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#20
Thanks for this, Brink. I managed to fix this problem using safe mode and your "Option 1" instructions. 2 comments:

1) When in REGEDIT, I found I already had a "S-1-5..... folder (SID key) .bak" without any ".bak" at the end of it, so I had to rename that to something else first.

2) This problem occurred for me on a new Vista Ultimate machine that I bought only 3 weeks ago. Had no problems until this issue today, which occurred immediately after Windows Update had rebooted after installing the following updates:

- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista
- Update for Windows Vista
- Microsoft Office Powerpoint Viewer 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
- 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1 (SP1)

All installed on 17th Feb 2008. Not sure if one of these is what is causing these problems for everyone.

Anyway, thanks again - total lifesaver!
Hi pmmm,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

I'm glad that this tutorial has helped you. Thank you for the feedback on having to rename the other SID key. It has been added to the tutorial to help others with the same problem.

Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Show second system?
    Yes
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

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