A temporary profile is loaded after you log
on to a Windows Vista-based system
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After you log on to a Windows Vista-based system, you may notice that a temporary…
After you log on to a Windows Vista-based system, you may
notice that a temporary profile has been loaded instead of the profile that
corresponds to the current user. Therefore, any changes that you make to the
current desktop are lost after you log off the system. Additionally, the
notification area may display the following 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.
Finally, the following event is logged in the Application
Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service
Event ID: 1511
Task Category: None
Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary
profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off.
This problem occurs if the current user’s profile was accidentally deleted
This problem occurs if the current user’s profile was
accidentally deleted from the system.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to
Important This section, method, or task contains
steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might
occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you
follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before
you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more
information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following
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To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
- Log on to
the system by using an administrative user account other than the user
account that is experiencing the problem.
- Back up all
data in the current user’s profile folder if the profile folder still
exists, and then delete the profile folder. By default, the profile
resides in the following location:
- Click Start, type regedit
in the Start Search box, and then
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If you are prompted for an administrator password or for
confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
- Locate the
following registry subkey:
- Under the
ProfileList subkey, delete the subkey that is named SID.bak.
is a placeholder for the security identifier (SID) of the user account
that is experiencing the problem. The SID.bak
subkey should contain a ProfileImagePath registry entry that points to the
original profile folder of the user account that is experiencing the
- Log off
- Log on to
the system again.
log on to the system, the profile folder is re-created.
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