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Can't Log into Windows 7 User Profile - Logs into Temporary Account - All files and programs accounted for RRS feed

  • Question

  • Basically, when I try to log into my profile (I have administrator privileges), and it usually loads up my desktop right away. However I noticed something was wrong the minute it started saying 'preparing your desktop' and taking a while to do so. Then it lets me know it loaded a temporary account! At first I panicked and thought all my files were gone, but no, they're all there and in the right places, but it won't let me log into my account. I can edit my account's password and manage it otherwise, but it won't let me log into it.

    I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on an HP Pavilion G Series laptop. I'm currently at college in my dorm. I would normally go to IT here for help, but I didn't get this laptop through the school so I don't think they'll help me. Prior to this incident, all I did was shutdown after a usual day and go to bed. This is happening first thing in the morning.

    Help please?

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 2:12 PM

Answers

  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215

      • Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then press Enter.
      • In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:
        <samp>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList</samp>
      • In the navigation pane, locate the folder that begins with S-1-5 (SID key) followed by a long number.
      • Click each S-1-5 folder, locate the ProfileImagePath entry in the details pane, and then double-click to make sure that this is the user account profile that has the error.

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        • If you have two folders starting with S-1-5 followed by some long numbers and one of them ended with .bak, you have to rename the .bak folder. To do this, follow these steps:
          1. Right-click the folder without .bak, and then click Rename. Type .ba, and then press Enter.

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          2. Right-click the folder that is named .bak, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

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          3. Right-click the folder that is named .ba, and then click Rename. Change the .ba to .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

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        • If you have only one folder starting with S-1-5 that is followed by long numbers and ends with .bak, right-click the folder, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.
        • If you have two folders starting with S-1-5 followed by some long numbers and one of them ended with .bak, you have to rename the .bak folder. To do this, follow these steps:
          1. Right-click the folder without .bak, and then click Rename. Type .ba, and then press Enter.

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          2. Right-click the folder that is named .bak, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

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          3. Right-click the folder that is named .ba, and then click Rename. Change the .ba to .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

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      • If you have only one folder starting with S-1-5 that is followed by long numbers and ends with .bak, right-click the folder, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.
    • Double-click the folder without .bak in the details pane, double-click RefCount, type 0, and then click OK.

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    • Click the folder without .bak in the details pane, double-click State, type 0, and then click OK.

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    • Close Registry Editor.
    • Restart the computer.
    • Log on again with your account.
    • Marked as answer by draelvik Saturday, September 8, 2012 4:17 PM
    Saturday, September 8, 2012 2:29 PM

All replies

  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215

      • Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then press Enter.
      • In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:
        <samp>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList</samp>
      • In the navigation pane, locate the folder that begins with S-1-5 (SID key) followed by a long number.
      • Click each S-1-5 folder, locate the ProfileImagePath entry in the details pane, and then double-click to make sure that this is the user account profile that has the error.

        See image
        Collapse this imageExpand this image

        • If you have two folders starting with S-1-5 followed by some long numbers and one of them ended with .bak, you have to rename the .bak folder. To do this, follow these steps:
          1. Right-click the folder without .bak, and then click Rename. Type .ba, and then press Enter.

            See image
            Collapse this imageExpand this image
          2. Right-click the folder that is named .bak, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

            See image
            Collapse this imageExpand this image
          3. Right-click the folder that is named .ba, and then click Rename. Change the .ba to .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

            See image
            Collapse this imageExpand this image
        • If you have only one folder starting with S-1-5 that is followed by long numbers and ends with .bak, right-click the folder, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.
        • If you have two folders starting with S-1-5 followed by some long numbers and one of them ended with .bak, you have to rename the .bak folder. To do this, follow these steps:
          1. Right-click the folder without .bak, and then click Rename. Type .ba, and then press Enter.

            See image
            Collapse this imageExpand this image
          2. Right-click the folder that is named .bak, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

            See image
            Collapse this imageExpand this image
          3. Right-click the folder that is named .ba, and then click Rename. Change the .ba to .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.

            See image
            Collapse this imageExpand this image
      • If you have only one folder starting with S-1-5 that is followed by long numbers and ends with .bak, right-click the folder, and then click Rename. Remove .bak at the end of the folder name, and then press Enter.
    • Double-click the folder without .bak in the details pane, double-click RefCount, type 0, and then click OK.

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    • Click the folder without .bak in the details pane, double-click State, type 0, and then click OK.

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    • Close Registry Editor.
    • Restart the computer.
    • Log on again with your account.
    • Marked as answer by draelvik Saturday, September 8, 2012 4:17 PM
    Saturday, September 8, 2012 2:29 PM
  • EDIT: I did it wrong the first time. Thank you so much, this fixed it. ^_^
    • Edited by draelvik Saturday, September 8, 2012 4:16 PM Fixed
    Saturday, September 8, 2012 3:54 PM
  • Hi

    Everything works good until I turn off computer after that I must start above procedure from begining. :(

    Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:08 AM