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  • A temporary profile is loaded after logging on to a Windows 7-based system.

     

    Symptom :

     

    A temporary profile is loaded after logging on to a Windows 7-based system.

     

    Resolution:

     

    Possible Cause 1:

     

    The account that you use to log on to the computer is a member of one or more of the following groups:

     

    Guests

    Domain Guests

     

    Solution:

     

    Remove the user account from the Guests Group and from the Domain Guests group.

     

    For more information, refer to the following KB article:

     

    A temporary user profile is created every time that you log on to a Windows Vista-based computer that is connected to a domain

     

    Possible Cause 2:

     

    The current user's profile was accidentally deleted from the system.

     

    Solution:

     

    To troubleshoot the issue, follow these steps:

     

    1. Log on to the system by using an administrative user account other than the user account that is experiencing the problem.

     

    2. Backup 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:

     

    %SystemDrive%\Users\UserName

     

    3. Click the Start button, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

     

    4. Navigate to the following key:

     

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\ProfileList

     

    5. Under the ProfileList Subkey, delete the Subkey that is named SID.bak .

     

    Note: SID 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 problem.

     

    6. Exit Registry Editor.

     

    7. Restart the system and log on to the system with the problematic user account.

     

    After you log on to the system, the profile folder is re-created.

     

    For more information, refer to the following KB article:

     

    A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:10 AM

All replies

  • thank you

    I don't have another user account that permission like administrator permission.

    I think this is the main problem
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 9:15 AM
  • I have had several users with the same issue. When the profile folder is recreated you still have to reinstall all software and printers that were installed under the problematic profile. Its almost like a rebuild. ugh!

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:55 PM
  • I just had this problem after trying to delete an old corrupt profile, and lost EVERYTHING.

    Your canned answer is deficient, in that it does nothing to address files being lost.

    Friday, December 14, 2012 4:12 AM
  • I experienced another issue which can look similar to this.  I had somehow set my user profile to hidden.  To see if you have the same, go into Control Panel->Folder Options->View>Hidden Files and Folders and select "Show Hidden Files and Folders'.  If the profile reappears, go into C:\Users in explorer, right click on the user folder and un-check the "Hidden" box, applying it to all sub-folders and files.  Easy!
    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:41 AM