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Vista and Server 2003 Domain Doesn't Load Roaming User Profile

Question: Vista and Server 2003 Domain Doesn't Load Roaming User Profile

I've got a Server 2003 domain with a roaming user profile.

Works great in XP, but when I try the Vista machine it fails to load it and just gives me a default profile.

I can get a screenshot of the exact error but it's just not loading the profile. Is there anything in particular I need to double check here, or what am I missing?

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Answer: Vista and Server 2003 Domain Doesn't Load Roaming User Profile

is this the first time this person has logged onto the Vista machine?

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Hello my never-disappointing friends,

Today i am here to request help on this situation:
The old server has crashed. It was a Windows NT Server.
It was running a local domain but the backup is also fucked and as such, no information was retrieved

Afterwards, a new server with SBS 2003 Premium was installed, new domain name (mydomain.local).

After the crash, some computers were immediatly moved to a (temporary) workgroup so they could work together and stayed like this for a couple weeks. For these, the transition for the new domain was painless (using the http://server/connectcomputer migration wizard).

But one or two computers were left on the old non-existent domain.
I need to migrate these two babies to the new SBS domain.

The profiles are local, not roaming.

How do i migrate them?

Answer:SBS 2003: Migrate user profile from another domain (with the old server dead)

Remove the machines from the old domain using the old domain admin account then connect them to the new one.

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As of today, in our domain environment consisting of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Enterprise machines, we are experiencing the "User Profile service failed the sign-in - User profile cannot be loaded" error message whenever a user tries to login.
This only affects users new to the particular machine. If they have signed on before and already have a cached account the computer logs them in with no issue. This is occurring on both Win8.1 and Win7 machines. We are an academic institution so this is becoming
a huge problem in our labs. Students generally use different computers so this is popping up very frequently. I have a solution for the issue. It appears that on the non-working machines that the "Default" user profile is corrupt. I have discovered
that if I find a machine, Win8.1 or Win7, doesn't matter, that is allowing first time users to logon I can copy the "Default" user profile and replace the corrupt one. I must first permanently delete the corrupt profile before copying over the new
one. I am doing this over the network by navigating the C:\users\ folder. Even this way is becoming cumbersome though as we have over 1000 computer in labs. I have googled and googled and I keep seeing the same answers offering various solutions, none which
are any more practical than my method. I cannot find information on a cause or a reason of why this would just crop up out of nowhere. I suspect maybe a Windows update but I cannot verify that yet. ... Read more

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I need help badly! While working with NeonFx in the "Malware, Trojan, Virus" Forums. The OTS.exe tool deleted key vista files. I am unable to boot up normally! I am writing this request for help after booting up in safe mode. All of my vista settings are either gone or serverely imparied! I need help restoring my vista settings, user profile, recovering files, drivers, applications, etc. I have attached NeonFx's last post describing how my machine got to this state. Someone please help ASAP!

Answer:Vista - Failed to open by the service user profile. Unable to load user profile

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ok this one is annoying the crap out of me

domain network with server 2003, vista and xp workstations.

currently on my pc (1 out of 30) when ever i log in it says it cant find my profile. i know this has something to do with settings on this machine because,

win xp next to me finds and loads the profile or creates and loads it correctly

another windows vista machine loads correctly and creates correctly.

the pc im using is an acer i have uninstalled all there propriety CRAP!!!! that they install. no effect, dl new drivers for onboard lan, manually configured network card.

i can manually copy the profile down however it will not save to the server on log off.

This on really sucks *insert large amounts of cursing*

thanks in advance

Answer:[SOLVED] Vista business fails to load roaming profile

after deleting the profile (renaming it) deleted the registry keys found in microsofts KB then rebooted. new profile was created properly on next logon

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We have users on Windows 7 Enterprise machines.  No one has a roaming profile. Users cannot install programs.  The users move around so they don't use the same machine all the time and there may be 20 profiles on one machine.  They don't
always logout but the machines are restarted once a week at least.   Occasionally we may delete profiles on the machines but this is a remote site so we seldom do.  Users primarily use remote apps. served up either by Citrix or web interface. 
Little is done locally other than printing.  All machines are imaged with the same software. All users do the same thing.  One user in an office of six machines, can only login to three of the machines with a temporary profile.  She has no
profile under Users.  There is no .bak registry entry.  I cannot locate anything in the registry that points to this user.  I checked HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|SOFTWARE|MICROSOFT|WINDOWSNT|CURRENT VERSION|PROFILELIST.  There were 20 profiles but
none for this user.  No .bak profiles for her, nothing.  I found a post that suggested increasing registry size/reboot but still no clue.  This has been going on for months and she just let me know but I don't know if she called the help desk
and they did something before.  Event log has errors saying: 

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Answer:Windows 7 Enterprise - User logs in with temporary profile - 3 different machines/no roaming profile?

Thanks.  She's working on the computer and does not logoff and back on quickly.  I just rechecked and there absolutely is not a .bak with her name.  On either computer.  I did find one for Temp and one for another user so now I have a
second user getting the profile issue.  I renamed that one and when the other user logged in, he got his profile. 

Guess I will just re-image the computers although I'd like to figure it out but I don't have the spare time to waste and don't want my user to keep getting the temp profile.  My company won't pay for the support and frankly, in all the years I've
been in IT, I've never had MS resolve one issue for me.  Not worth paying for.  Oh well, thanks for your suggestions.  If I have time to devote to this and figure anything else out, I will post the answer. 

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I have recently setup a domain. My workstations are all running windows xp and my server is windows 2003. I have setup Roaming Profiles for my users. All but one of the computers are working with this. The one computer will read the data, but not write it.

Answer:Domain Roaming Profile Problems

did you joing the machine to the domain?

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I work in a IT Department and yesterday we had a wide spread problem on our XP boxes.When a user logs in, it looks as though their desktop doesn't load. No Icons appear and you just get a cursor but no right click ability or Ctrl Alt Delete function as if Explorer.exe is not runningAfter playing around with it, we noticed as soon as we disconnected the cat 5 cable from the NIC that the user profile immediately started to load and we could reconnect the network cable and things worked normally.We scanned for Virus (Symantec End Point) and Malware (Malwarebytes) and found nothing. This has happend on different V-Lans on our network as well as different centers throughout the country not just at the corporate office.We are on a 2003 Server, Active Directory enrivonment, with no roaming profiles. Any ideas?

Answer:User Profile Doesn't Load, get Blank Desktop

Corrupted User profiles or path on the server?Or possibly a bad switch or firewall.Chuck Norris was once asked why he doesn't use an iPhone, he responded, "Same reason I don't use tampons."

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I recently completed a migration from a NT4 domain to a Server 2003 domain. Things had been going pretty well. However, my users are now telling me that they are being prompted when they login that their password will expire in XXX amount of days.

That's fine, I never changed the default domain policy so of course that was what it was saying. The problem is, now that I have changed it, they still are being prompted with the same message.

I have check under "default domain dontroller security settings", "domain security policy" as well as the additional policies I created.

I have also run a RSOP query on several random users and it appears that things are set properly.

Any thought?

Answer:User's Password Must Be Changed - Server 2003 Domain

did you check the box that says something like "user cannot change password"? i dooubt its that simple. im probably wrong

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I log in to Windows 2003 server R2 through a domain (but on the local machine). I need my log on to be the admin over this local machine. Since the user details are stored on the domain, my username doesn't show up in local users and groups. How do I make a remote user an admin?

Answer:Making a domain user an admin in 2003 server?

You may wish to have this subject moved to the Networking forum here at TSG it will get better coverage from all of the people there. To do this just click on the little triangle at the top right corner and ask a moderator to please move this thread.

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I wanted to know how to 1) Duplicate my existing profile (so I don't have to grant access or duplicate any settings, etc) and then 2) DISable my firewall, virus scanner, and all networking/internet functions in that profile.

I fly around the country a lot and would like a profile that I can use when my computer's not going to touch a modem, LAN, wireless, etc. I figured if it was configured as if networking was never going to touch it so that all networking background functions and my firewall (Zone Alarm) and virus scanner (Norton Anti-virus, corporate edition) was disabled, I'd get better performance.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:How do I create an XP user profile that doesn't load any networking functions?

being lazy and not really knowing much, all i would do is create a profile, and then disable all those functions inside the startup menu. it's a quick, but probably not very elegant, solution.

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As the default Profile Options. How can I stop this?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Whenever I go log off/restart computer my User Profile doesn't load and it starts....

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Microsoft community forums recommend creating a new profile and transferring data. How do I do that? 
First, i could not download windows updates, so I followed instructions to manually install much needed updates.
Following that, I had so little space on my hard drive (may have went from 8 gb to 4-5. System became sluggish, and had some explorer errors.
Then I tried to free of space. But my system then upon restart, went into a temporary user profile, and said it could not load the user profile. So i edited the registry as in step 1 of here:
But when I did that, it won't let me login, except within safe mode, and says the service failed to load. I tried running memory diagnostics, as it noted that there were bad sectors, and it said it was fine. I also tried to run defrag in the temp profile, but it only runs for about 1 second (i am not sure that defrag is the right choice). I am also noticing that avast will not run in the temp profile, but maybe it is because it is connected to the main profile.
i noticed these instructions:, but i only have one profile, and it is administrator. i created these posts from the temporary profile. i would like to at least fix this until i can get a new system and transfer data..
I think that maybe that th... Read more

Answer:Cannot load user profile in vista

You can enable build in administrator account of Windows and try to restore computer to a working date. Follow the instructions at below to transfer corrupt user profile to new user account.
Enable administrator account by opening Command Prompt as administrator and type net user administrator  /active:yes press Enter key. To disable the Administrator user account when you finnish with it type net user administrator  /active:no press Enter key.
Transfer corrupt user profile to new user profile

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Microsoft community forums recommend creating a new profile and transferring data. How do I do that? 
First, i could not download windows updates, so I followed instructions to manually install much needed updates.
Following that, I had so little space on my hard drive (may have went from 8 gb to 4-5. System became sluggish, and had some explorer errors.
Then I tried to free of space. But my system then upon restart, went into a temporary user profile, and said it could not load the user profile. So i edited the registry as in step 1 of here:
But when I did that, it won't let me login, except within safe mode, and says the service failed to load. I tried running memory diagnostics, as it noted that there were bad sectors, and it said it was fine. I also tried to run defrag in the temp profile, but it only runs for about 1 second (i am not sure that defrag is the right choice). I am also noticing that avast will not run in the temp profile, but maybe it is because it is connected to the main profile.
i noticed these instructions:, but i only have one profile, and it is administrator. i created these posts from the temporary profile. i would like to at least fix this until i can get a new system and transfer data..
I think that maybe that th... Read more

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have windows vista on oldish laptop. was trying to view an .mts file and somehow had some trouble with widows media player. it was asking me about accessing other media players. media player still wouldnt load, plus there was a windows update waiting for install so i did that and upon restart the thing wont load a desktop. it stops at the login screen and when i click the user it says " the user profile service failed the logon. user profile cannot be loaded." when i click ok it goes back tot he logon which of course fails again

Answer:vista wont load user profile

I was able to f11 and roll back the system a couple of days. so problem solved.

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I set up a Domain Controller with Active Directory. It works I have a Windows XP computer in the domain and it works perfectly. I have too issues

I cannot join the domain on my main computer which is running Windows Vista Business Class 64 bit Edition. My server is running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise 32 Bit Edition. I get the following error when trying to join the domain, "the format of the specified network name is invalid". Have they magically changed how you join domains in Vista?

My Domain Controller works just fine on a local network sense and it performs all it's DC functions but I have it set to a static IP address and my ISP wants dynamic. I cannot connect to the internet to get updates for the server but I have a fully functioning domain on the other hand. Can I have the best of both worlds?

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Hey guys, I got a question about roaming profile.
Every time I, a user, change the background on one client machine and log off, the changed background doesn't show up when I log on to another client machine in that same domain. However, if I go to "Display Properties" and "Desktop" on the 2nd client machine, I can see the changes that have been made. I have to click "OK" in "Display Properties" in oreder for the changed background to show up.

Has anyone experience this before? Please help. I do not know what went wrong, and the admin can't figure it, either.

Thank you.

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I have several computers connected onto a domain. All the users can login without a problem, but when I login as a domain admin, I get an error, something to do with the user profile be not loaded correctly. The roaming profile isn't loaded in full, its still using the c:\users profile.

Is it just a case of deleteing the user profile from all the local drives and the server, then login again?

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Hey all,

Im learning my way around Server 2003. and have curretnly got it running smoothly. My next challenge was to look into the profiles for the users that are currently still on the work group netwwork.

The current setup is fine as people only tend to use one PC/Laptop. However as has recently happened, one laptop has developed a fault and i had to manualy backup all files and settings.

While this isnt a big problem, i have been told Roaming Profiles could help this as the profiles would move to a new machine along with the user.

When i started looking into this it seemed fairly straight foward, and currently has proved no major hassle, I have created a shared "Profiles" folder with permissions set, and profiles now copy over. My biggest problem however is that the profiles are very large in size because of all the files in the My docs folders etc. so logons take a long time and on some cases fail.

So how do you handel user profiles? especially on laptops that will not always be used on the network?

Would greatly appreciate some advice

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I don't know if anybody out here wil be able to help - but I hope so.

I have a windows 2003 PDC which has clients connecting to it and using Mandatory Roaming profiles for each user. The only problem is that the wallpaper for the user will never stay applied after logoff. (clients are all running windows xp pro)

The display control panel remembers the option and opening Display and closing it again will apply it however, as you can imagine, opening this each time you login is annoying just to set a background.

Does anybody have any ideas about how to get it to apply?

I've read things about permissions which seems likly however have tried putting it on the local machines, in a mounted drive letter and on a standard file share (all with everybody access) - all with little joy.



Answer:Windows 2003/XP Roaming Profile Issue

You just stated what your problem is, the mandatory profile setup leaves the desktop wallpaper in it's original state, if you change it it will always return to the original. You just need to change the profiles from mandatory to normal roaming profiles.

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I am having problems remotley administering my domain. I am using a vista computer to administer my domain remotely. When I try to open the domain users and computers appalet I get the message that says " naming information can not be located ...". I know that DNS is running (maybe not correctly) and that my computer logged on to the domain. DNS is the only thing that I can think as the problem. I can log onto OWA by typing in the ip address but I can not use the admin tools. Please help

Thank You

Answer:Can not connect to the server 2003 domain from the vista client

Well, how about fixing the DNS? Without working DNS, you can pretty much forget about doing anything with AD.

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Hello, novice networking person here. A PC at work kept showing "local network cable unplugged". I checked the connection with the switch and changed cables with one that worked and still got the same message : "local network cable unplugged". The NIC lights were amber color so I figured it may be the NIC that was not working. It was an integrated NIC. I found an old NIC lying around (Intel) and installed it in a PCI slot. The lights are now green and the network connection is OK but the user cannot access any network folders and gets the following message when logging off: "Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile and is attempting to log you on with your local profile. Changes to the profile will not be copied to the server when you log-off. Possible causes of this error include network problems or insufficient security rights. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator". The login script no longer executes when she logs on and all of the network folders are inaccessible. Any ideas what could be wrong. I can ping the loopback, server, default gateway, etc... I tried repairing the network connection. Nothing seems to work. The PC is running Windows XP Pro with SP2 and all updates and patches are current. I googled MS website and nothing there helped. I did read in one forum that an old NIC could possibly cause the roaming profile problem???? Should I buy a new NIC and install it in a PCI slot and see if tha... Read more

Answer:Server cannot locate roaming profile

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I have a user that works on 2 HP Win XP machines with a roaming profile.

It was working in the past, but now her profile won't upload to the win 2003 server from either machine after logging out.
If I make a change to the profile folder (like creating a document folder), it downloads to the pcs on login.

I tried reinstalling the OS on one machine, but still have the problem.

Answer:roaming profile won't upload to server

Further to this, the roaming profile share folder on the server has had offline caching turned off.
The user has full control privileges over the root folder and profile sub-folder.

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Hi for a week now i have not been able to log on to my account on my windows vista. everytime i try it says user profile corrupted. when i boot it up in safe mode i can log on and a bubble comes up and says user profile loaded incorrectly or something along those lines. I looked up how to fix this on these forums and i saw where i can create a new admin account and copy stuff to it.The only problem is when i am in safe mode it still will not let me create a new acccount even when i click on it

Can't create new user account
^i tried every solution in that thread and none of them worked to create a new account.

Help me fix my laptop please?


Answer:Windows Vista(Home Premium) will not load my user profile

If you boot into Safe Mode you should be able to login to the Administrator account and create a new admin account there

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Hello Everyone!

I have a network with some computers ruuning windows Vista and a windows server 2003.
The computers are working in a network with a domain and fixed IPs and users logs in with their domain accounts at the computers.

Some computers are doing something that i cant figure out the reason.
Some computers works just fine, but two or three of them are having trouble working with the network eventhough they detect the network and open the folders shared on the network. If i try to run a software that normally works trough the network or if i open an office file or the windows vista network center the co mputer stops responding and windows explorer has to be restarted.
If i restart the computer the problem seems to be solved but it doesn't work all the time because sometimes i have to restart the PC several times until it works ok without this network related problem.

This problem seems to be random and i don't know if it is something related to the windows server or with the windows vista. I have other computers with windows vista on the network and they work ok.

I have already tried some situations but none of them fixed the problem because it keeps hapening:
Things that i've tried:

Start the pc with the anti virus software turned off;
Restart client and server DNS or DHCP service;
Unplug and plug the network cable;
Remove computer from the domain and add it again;

Anyone has an ideia of what might be the problem?

Thank you!

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Hey guys,
The User Profile SERVICE *service failed the sign-in - User profile cannot be loaded
Made an error in the title
I'm getting this error when trying to sign onto a 2012 VM server.
I'm able to log onto other servers on the domain but this one.
It seems to be working for everyone else on the team to me.
I googled it and it says that my profile may be corrupt however I've never logged onto the server before so my profile never got created.

Any ideas?


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Hi, we have been trying to get roaming profiles set up from our XP machines to a Windows server 2008 domain, we have gone into the user accounts and set up the roaming profile share etc \\server\profiles\%username3% but when we log on as the user and log off etc the folder is not created and nothing seems to happen. Or we get a message saying the profile could not be loaded and a temporary one will be used.

I have read that Windows server 2008 uses V2 profiles as opposed to XP which is V1, what is the best way to make this work? all the PCs are XP so the incompatabilty with Vista and sharing roaming profiles is not an issue.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated.



Answer:XP roaming Profiles in server 2008 domain


Read the information here:

How to setup roaming profiles in server 2008? : General : Microsoft TechNet Forums

It seems you have to add a extension to the user profiles. At the end you have to have a .v2 on their profile folder in order for it to work.


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I am trying to set up my pc so that it can connect to a wireless network, and logon to a VPN before I enter windows so that I can download the server copy of my roaming profile.

Currently, I when I logon, I get a message about not being able to download my roaming profile and that it will log me on using my local profile instead.
I then connect to the VPN using a connection I have created in Network Connections, but obviously this is no good since I am on my local profile

I sense that the way to get round this problem is to check the "Login using a dial up connection" box. But when I do this, no connections shows up and the "New" button is greyed out.

Can anyone help?

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Does anyone know whether it is possible to move (or copy) folders from C:\User\AppData\Roaming to another User profile/account?

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Hello --

I've searched quite a bit and have done quite a bit... this is my last stop before I dump the login and go to something else.

I had a profile that was acting odd not loading different apps slow logins etc so I wanted to basically wipe it and start over and now i'm having issues.

I started by deleting everything about the login from both active directory the server profiles folder and even the individual computers that are used to login with it at.

To do so I deleted the folders out of the users/%username% and then also went into regedit and deleted the profilelist with the username as well.

To me the profile should literally be as if it never existed....

Next I recreated it in active directory recreated it's folder in the profile database and attempted to login...

the computer immediately goes to a black screen and then says logging off and back to login.

I've looked up several fixes but none have worked.. at this point i'm open to trying anything...

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Hello allI'm in a Server 2003 SBS environment, and we use roaming profiles extensively. We have 70+ users, and we are making the conversion from XP to windows 7 on all of our workstations. All of the users need to be able to use their profiles in windows 7.The problem is that the user settings don't transfer properly (for example, Outlook e-mail account settings). I have implemented folder redirection, which works but doesn't solve this part of the issue. Additionally, the USMT (user-state migration tool) is not really the ideal option as it is suited best for transfering local user accounts. All of these roaming profiles are (obviously) stored in a single server location.How do I go about converting these profiles so that Windows 7 will keep all of their settings?Thanks,-Darryl

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I've searched for about a week now and have not found a solution. I followed the suggestions about the corrupt Profile and the .BAK SID, but neither are my situation.

My SID is fine - I did manage to find a temporary fix. If I delete and recreate the user in Active Directory on the server it fixes the problem. The problem is, I have 300 computers and every morning there are at least 10 - 15 users I must do this to. Not an ideal solution.

We bypassed Vista, so we had no idea that this Microsoft bug existed until last week.

Answer:The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be load

Hello ! Welcome to SF !

Check this article from Microsoft run the Fixit and see if that help 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"

- Captain

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Hi, at windows start i get the message "The User Profile Service failed to logon. User profile cannot be loaded". There was no known activity last time system was up and running and it was shut down normal.

The desctop(HP) was delivered some years ago with V7 installed, ONE personal userID with admin auth. was created. Then a System repair disc was created.

What is the safest and simplest way(if any) to fix this problem and maintain the user data?(I did see support strings about this problem but they seem very complicated and confusing to me)

1. Shoud I restart system some functional key to get into safe mode or use the System repair disc and then what option?

2. Should I then logon to the default accountID(not known to me), and restore system to older backup point or shoud I try to repair the personal UserId?

Please advice

Answer:The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be load

Hej Stene, v?lkommen till Seven Forums .

See this tutorial for fix: User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.


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On my daughters W7 x86 PC the above message is happening when she tries to logon, the PC was set up with two users, I do noyt know if the other user can logon as she is away and we do not know the password.

What can I do to fix this error, all the fixes I can find require the user to logon, which is not happening.

Any ideas on how I can proceed.



Answer:The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be load

Hello Daniel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below can help with fixing this error. The "In Preparation" section at the top will help to get logged into an administrator account to be able to do the rest of the tutorial. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.

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

Hope this helps,

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Hi All,

I have been trying to find some information regarding roaming profiles from an end user perspective but most everything I have been able to find so far has been geared towards either the creator of the roaming profiles or the administrator of the roaming
profiles.  The angle I am looking for information on is, from the end user point of view.

The agency I work for has assigned roaming profiles to some of the staff member due to the need for these people to be able to work from any available workstation during their shift.  For the most part, these roaming profiles have worked
great and most people have no issues with theirs.  However, there are some whose profiles have grown become very large which affects the speed at which the computer logs them on and logs them off.  There is just so much data associated
with their that has to be saved and then downloaded.

My question is this, what steps can the end user take on their part to cleanse their profile?  Clear out the recycle bin, minimize the number of shortcuts they have on their desktop, set IE to clear out temporary internet files when they close but what
are some other things they can do?

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions that I can pass on to the staff. 

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I came across this error, and thanks to this thread, I was able to solve it. I thought I would throw my checklist out there for everyones benefit:

Server 2003 Server, Running DNS / AD, File Server, IIS
XP SP2 Clients ( 2 )

I had one client successfully log-in, accept group policies, run scripts, do folder redirections.
I had another client, identical OS and network settings. Would login, get to the internet, but fail to run scripts, do folder redirections, or save profile settings.

On failing client, Event Viewer yielded this information :

1053 : Windows Cannot determine the user or computer name ( An internal error occurred ). Group policy processing aborted.

1521 : Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile....
DETAIL - THe system detected a possible attempt to compromise security. Please ensure that you can contact the sever that authenticated you.

1511 : Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temp.....

15 : Automatic certificate enrollment for local system failed to contact the active directory. A directory service error has occurred.

Fix Attempt 1 :
I removed the bad client from the domain, rebooted the machine, and deleted local copies of the domain profiles with the local administrator account.
I removed the offending machine from AD and manually deleted the A Record from the DNS controllers DNS Forward Lookup Zones for the domain.
This yielded no change in behavior, regardless of which username I ... Read more

Answer:1521 : Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile....


I too have stumbled accross this. I ended up patching my SBS 2003 r2 SP2 server. I installed ISA 2004 SP3 and a Microsoft Hotfix as per blog August 12 Everything now works well.

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A number of my users are randomly corrupting their roaming profiles. There appears to be no set pattern and it can happen either following logoff or even when they are logged on.
They all have Win7 SP1.
I know how to reset and fix the corrupted profile, but I want to understand what the best course of action to establish the root cause of the corruption.
There is a hot fix KB2918893 which claims to prevent the issue, however I have found profiles corrupting with or without that patch installed.
There always appears to be some associated Application EventLog entries as follows:
EventID 6001 - Warning - Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon - The winlogon notification subscriber <sens> failed a notification event
EventID 6004 - Warning - Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon - The winlogon notification subscriber <GPClient> failed a critical notification event.
EventID 6006 - Warning - Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon - The winlogon notification subscriber <profiles> took 78 second(s) to handle the notification event (logon)

Many Thanks

Many Thanks

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Hi! I am running windows 7 and have an administrator account and user account.. I can always log into my administrator account but my user account doesn't want to load 50% of the time. I will log in and it tells me it is preparing desktop and that I have been logged in with a temporary profile. I do not like using my administrator profile much so this is getting to be a pain. I am in school and all of my schoolwork is under my user profile, so I need it. Most of the time, a simple reboot helps.. Today I rebooted 5 times before I could get in. I'm pretty sure I'm clean of malware or viruses (at least I hope) I've had kaspersky pure 2.0 on here since I bought it. Nothing changed before this started (haven't installed or uninstalled anything new). I use ccleaner and ccleaner enhancer so not sure if it's cleaning something I need. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:"User" profile doesn't load half the time

You are logged with a temporary profile because windows is unable to read your profile folder (C:\Users\Username_Folder), this is due to corrupt data or something (application, malware) is preventing the reading of data. Try running checkdisk set to automatically fix errors and scan for and recover bad sectors.

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Folks, no doubt this question come up before, I just can't find any information about it ... so if anyone is in the know-how, your help would be appreciated.

This is my scenario (as an example):
I have 3 PCs and 1 DC -- 2 x Windows XP and 1x Windows Vista Ultimate. I have them setup for roaming profile. Now, the question XP machines recognise and load the profile fine... however! Will the Vista PC do the same... or will it just create its own profile on the DC and disregard he profile (ntuser.dat) that the 2 XPs machines use....

Surely, M$ would have been smart enough to make them compatible?

Any help appreciated... I would like to know before I start implementing the above.


Answer:Vista / XP Roaming Profile

Hi. . .

Unfortunately Vista uses a v2 profile where windows 2000 - windows XP uses v1. But never say never. It can be done and will involve redirection and Vista Junctions. You can read all about it and the potential solution available as written by Mike Stephens in "Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide", which I found a while back on a Microsoft Support site. I have attached the Word Document to this post.

Good Luck to you.

Regards. . .



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I have problem with roaming profile on vista business. We have server windows 2003, using xp roaming profiles (users are not assigned to the computer). Users keep changing the pcs, Vista joined correctly domain but profiles doesn't work. I've read that redirection of the folder is the solution, but all my users keep swapping pcs. Any idea how to make compatible xp roaming profile with vista roaming profile? many thanks

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Hi, On my new T61 something is happening. I create my user local profile and then create a user on domain.I already copy my data into my folder Document.But everytime that I log on my user account, appears a new folderon the Folder Users with my "account.domain.001", "account.domain.002", "account.domain.003"What is happening? I need to reinstall my T61 from my Start Recovery Disc?  Thanks in advance, Ruben Elizondo

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Hi I don't know exactly when it started, but I've noticed that all my Lenovo laptop users have not been able to save their roaming profiles to the server since at least September last year (2013).  Their profiles are either empty or have not received any changes. They are running a mix of Windows 8 and 8.1 and the problem is affecting E530, E531 and T430's. If I disable the "Lenovo PM Service" then the profiles are saved as normal. Re-enabling the service results in the profile not saving again. There are no error messages when the users logs out and there are no errors in the Events logs. I plan to disable the service on all affected laptops until a proper fix can be identified.

Answer:E531 - Power Managment service - Preventing roaming profile from being saved to server

I have the same issue with T440P. Unfortunately disabling PM also turns off some the Windows 8.1 hot key functionality on this machine. Have you found a fix for this issue yet?

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my computer is password protected. i only have one user account on it. how can i fix this without losing anything on my laptop?

Answer:vista-the user profile service failed the logon. user profile cannot be loaded

Just a thought, did you password the default administrator account?

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When I tried to log on to administrator account on vista laptop this morning I got the following error massage "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded." I did some research and found a potential solution: The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

However the problem is that the solution needs a working administrartor account and the only account I'm able to log in is a standard one with no power to change account type or boot into admin safe mode/ do a command prompt whatsoever.

Would anyone happen to have an alternative solution that doesn't require an admin account to fix this?

Answer:Vista - The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

Was able to log on in safe mode and follow the registry edit procedure. Thanks anyway

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Hello all,
I am having the user profile service error failed the logon, user profile cannot be loaded while trying to logon to a domain user name with Windows 7. I have tried unjoining the domain and rejoining and that didn't work. I have also tried looking in the
Local Registry under profilepath and that profile isn't even listed (because it's never even been logged onto that particular PC). I really need to get this working. Is there anything else I can do?
Thank you,

shauna dixon

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Deal all,

i need urgent help. i shut down my Pc normally at my work and when i started today morning and put my user name and login , a windows apears with the following message.


remember that i am having windows XP

please tell me how can i get my profile back to work normally as before.


Answer:Windows Cannot Load The User's Profile But Has Logged On With The Default Profile

Corruption of the user profile can be a pain to sort out, especially if it’s the index file that’s failed. SOMETIMES, however, simply logging off, leaving the computer at the ‘Press Ctrl+Alt+Del’ screen for about 30 seconds or so, then logging in as usual, can solve this without any further intervention, so I’d suggest giving that a go first.

Further suggestions are a bit more involved.

Log in as another user with administrative rights (such as Administrator) and then open the My Computer icon and navigate to the local hard disk and into the Documents and Settings folder. Look there for the folder which has the same name as the user who’s profile cannot be loaded and go into it. You may have to unhide hidden files and folders (from the Tools menu, select Folder Options and then the View tab, then, in the Advanced Settings box, under Hidden Files and Folders select ‘Show hidden files and folders’) and then locate the file NTUSER.DAT and rename it NTUSER.OLD, then log out, and back in as the failed user. This should replace the corrupted file and allow you to log back in.

If that fails for any reason, again, log in as another user with administrative rights (such as Administrator) and then open the My Computer icon and navigate to the local hard disk and into the Documents and Settings folder. Look there for the folder which has the same name as the user who’s profile cannot be loaded and rename the folder; usu... Read more

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I am getting this message when I try to log on XP Pro Admin account "Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system". I tried to create a new account with the Admin rights but I get the same message on that one too. How can I fix this? I appreciate any help..

Answer:Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile

Re: Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default pro
this article from MS may have a solution to your problem

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Deal all,

i need urgent help. i shut down my Pc normally at my work and when i started today morning and put my user name and login , a windows apears with the following message.


please tell me how can i get my profile back to work normally as before.


Answer:Windows Cannot Load The User's Profile But Has Logged On With The Default Profile

Have you read this KB article?

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I am helping out at the local school and they have a small problem with the roaming profiles on their server 2003. If you change the desktop background with a picture on a workstation, log off and logon to another workstation the background stays empty as if it can't find the proper background. Any clues as to why (is it a Group Policy setting)

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I recently had to remove roaming profiles from our new netowrk setup as the majority of them seem to get screwed up after a short while. Unstable...

I was hoping someone knew how I could at least direct the My Docs, Desktop, Outlook PSTs and Favorites so they can get saved to the main Server so I cna back them up since my simpler romaing profiles idea turned into a nightmare (6 users with roaming profiles on a brand spanking new, top-of-the-line network and server and it can't handle it..? go figure)

Any help is appreciated cause since they ar enow using local profiles, I'd like to ensure all their main stuff gets saved to the Server for Tape backup instead of having to share out their C drives and then back it up from the Server throguh the network (provided they leave their computers on and leave their laptops in the office...)

Answer:Options for roaming profiles (Server 2003)

I never experienced sucha problem with romaing profile unless you have only 5 cal license and let me check with you when you server was installed was it installed as per seat or per device or the other way from what i know i ask them to save all their work onto a mapped network home directory it helps with the problems but let me ask you romaing profile is it all in seperate directory?

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Hi all! I've messed with Server 2003 before, and I usually do roaming profiles by going to each account, and:

User Profile Path box, and then click OK.

Use the following format for the user profile path:


Is there any easy way to configure Server 2003 so when I creat a user, the profiles tab is already filled out, along with mapped drives an such? I'm sure this can be done through group policy, but google has not been my friend today.

Will you be my friend?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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I have a small domain setup with a mix of Win 2K, Win XP, Windows Mobile and Windows Vista clients. The server is setup with roaming profiles and folder redirection for all users.

All was working well until, you guessed it, I added the Vista clients. First of all, the Vista clients create a new folder called <<username>>.V2 in the profile store, which is annoying but I can cope with, however it doesn't copy accross the users' settings. This means that the user ends up with a blank profile. Now some of the information (Favorites, My Docs and Desktop etc) can be linked, copied or are not that important, but it means that when changes are made to one copy of the profile (say wallpaper for example - just for simplicity) it is not changed on the other profile as they have seperate registries.

Does anyone know of a way to get Vista and other clients to use the same profiles -or- does anyone know if Server 2008 is going to address this problem?

I have been looking all day (when I could have been getting on with other things) and have found no help at all.

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I would like to create a new user and migrate all data/settings/etc. from an existing user to the new user, on the same computer. Reason is some conflicting names between some computers on the same network and a Windows Home Server.

I tried changing the name of the user, but that doens't change the name of the profile. That created some confusion with Remote Desktop. Seems that even though I changed the user name, I had to log on via Remote Desktop using the old user name.

I've read about a method of creating the new user, logging on then off, logging on as the old user and just copying all the files from one user to the other after turning on show system and hidden files, etc. That doesn't migrate any settings I wouldn't think, only files. And another problem is there isn't enough hdd space to copy the profile, not sure what to do other than get a larger hdd, which I could do if totally needed.

I looked at the USMT, a little, but it looked like a lot of work for what I was doing.

I've also seen a 21 step method by Joshua Mouch which still involved copying the files.

Is there a way to just change the user name and then change the profile name that coincided with that user? That way no files are copied or moved, just changing the profile name associated with that user.

edit: I just found this, does this really work? That's all I want to do, change the user name and have that profile name match the user name.

1. Delete or rename... Read more

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Hey all!

I've been experiencing stability problems on/off with my rig, but now they seem to have been stabilising (hurr durr).

I've recently bought a 1TB harddisk and 4 additional GB of Corsairs XMS3 DHX RAM, bringing me up to a total of 8GB.

Now, I tried to install 6 GB first, in tri-channel mode, and it worked fine.
When I installed the remaining two in dual dual-channel mode, however, my profile will not load, and I am given a temporary user profile. All my personal preferences are gone, including firefox bookmarks, desktop shortcuts, start menu preferences etc.

I'm posting a query to corsair as well simultaneously, but do any of you know or have a clue as to what might cause my problem? Or more importantly: how I can fix it?

I ran the memory diagnostics tool included in vista, and it told me I had a memory problem, but did not specify what.

Thanks for all help. It is much appreciated!

(Rig in sig)

Answer:User profile won't load. Temporary profile only. Vista64

Hello Crowzah,

This tutorial may be able to help with this error for you:

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

Hope this helps,

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windows 2003 server group policy and roaming profiles


Hi, could someone help please. i have setup a server for testing and am looking to use the mandatory profile so users cannot make changes to their profile. i have gotten the profile to work but for some reason the pc needs to be restarted to forget what was done on the computer. if i make changes then log-off and logon with a different user, and then logon again with the original user the changes have been remembered. it only forgets if i reboot the pc. have i missed something.

Also i have added a user to an OU group and set a group policy for folder redirection but it doesn't work. i have gone to the properties of the OU and added the policy there but it won't work. again have i missed something.

thanks in advance for any help you could give

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Ok, so i currently have 5 workstations connected to an sbs2003 Acer server / domain. Im about to replace the old Acer server (sbs2003) with a new IBM x3200 Server (sbs2011). On the workstations, i know i will need to add them to a workgroup, and then rejoin them to the new server / domain. But how do i retain the current users profiles on the workstations once they have been joined to the domain? Anyone who has had experience with this would be most appreciated :):):)

Answer:Domain / User Profile


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Hi Everyone ..

This one has me pulling my hair out. I have a W7 Ultimate box that when I create a new account I get this error when I try to use it. The only account I can use is my Admin account. Any suggestions?

Answer:User Profile Service Can't Load Profile

hello and welcome

what error that's you received??
and did you try to Repair Install
or since this issue you got, if you have System Restore
you can also try /SFC SCANNOW

post your result..

hope this can help !!!

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The user profile logon I currently use is assoicated with an NT domain. Is there a way to keep the user profile, but sign on without connecting to the domain, i.e. as a local computer user? If I remove the domain name and substitute it with (local computer), it doesn't allow a sign on. I'd like to keep all of my settings, but use them without signing on to our NT network. Thanks.

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I can't seem to have a user on my domain have a local profile on this one computer of mine.

One of my users (see pic), named ben has a local profile... however when I added another user, nicole, using the window on the right. The user doesn't even appear in the profiles settings over on the left. I've logged in with nicole and it says it can't find the roaming profile, and is going to use a temporary profile. But when I go to change the profile from roaming to local, the "local profile" option is grayed out when i'm logged in as nicole. when I'm logged in as an administrator, nicole doesn't appear on the profile settings list, so I can't change it there either... I'm a bit confused.

My PDC is running samba on a linux box... The worst part is, roaming profiles aren't even enabled in the samba settings!!

If there is any other information you need from me please let me know.


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Hi everybody.
I have a problem accessing the shared resources of a Windows Server 2003 domain controller from laptops with Windows Vista (different versions, same problem).
I can easily and rapidly access all the shared resources of all computers on the network, while accessing to shared resources on the server takes long, long, long time, no matter if I use a cable or wireless connection, no matter if my computer is part of the domain or not.
My laptop is a dual boot system with Windows XP Professional SP2 also installed, and there is no such problem accessing the same resources from Windows XP.
Thank you for any suggestion.

Answer:Windows vista vs Windows Server 2003 domain controller

...Nobody knows anything?

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When I attempt to log in, I get the response similar to "vista can't load user profile". I have been able to back up the data on safe mode so im not worried about losing files, however, since it is the only administrator account, I cant create or delete accounts. How do fix this??

p.s. I tried restoring the computer, didnt work. Also tried creating/deleting accounts on safe mode.

Answer:CAN'T LOG IN, "vista can't load user profile"

Boot using the recovery partition (usually F10 during boot-up) or use your Windows DVD to boot into recovery.

Try Windows System Restore there.

Regards. . .



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I know, the MS way is to use SysPrep, but that seems enormously OTT when all I want to do is create a Windows 7 Default Profile for our domain.

So, according to my (Google driven) research an easier method is toLogon with a user account
Make it 'so' (i.e. set the default profile how you want it for all new users)
Log off
Log on as Admin
Rename c:\users\default (as default.bak, or .old, whatever)
Rename the folder for the user account used in step 1 to 'default'
Apply Full control permissions to 'Everyone' on the new Default folder.

Except that at step 7 I get 'Access Denied' on many of the profile's that with our domain's administrator account or the local administartor account.

Am I doing something wrong (polite answers only, please!)?

Answer:Creating a new Default user profile for our domain

One thing that could cause this issue is the fact that the user folder tree contains some symbolic links for compatability with badly written older programs, that assume the folder name will always be the same, over OS changes.

The default for these symlinks is to have a deny permission set for all users including admins to prevent the accidental creation of endless loop situations, where links are called for folders they link to

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Hi! All! I have a problem which is so strange. I have one domain user which is roaming profile, but when he log in to computer, it always show temporary profile, I try to check his profile in regedit,but I don't see any *.bak file. I ask him to change to other pc, but the result still the same. Later, I try to remove his account from roaming to regular account, the still temporary profile. What can I do to solve this problem?Note:- he try to log in to OS such as Windows 7,XP, but the still the same.- The PC that u log in has a large space to log in.

Answer:user domain login always temporary profile

I've seen this before when a profile's registry hive was corrupted. If you're sure the PC(s) the user is logging in to is fine and the involved ACLs are fine, delete/rename the profile off the store and have the user log in again. When they confirm they're no longer getting a temporary profile, restore their profile to a point before this started happening. How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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I have a new user object on the domain
New PC Fresh Image joined to the domain
Each time this user logs in they get a Temp profile. Whats odd is that no matter what machine new old XP Win 7 they get a temp profile. 

Any thoughts about the user object? It's not a roaming profile and it's the same default user that everyone gets.

Answer:New User on domain always gets a Temp profile. On any machine.

What does the user object mean?  Is a domain user account? And what is the meaning of  the same default user that everyone gets? Is it a local user?
Do you mean that any machine gets a temp profile when this user account logs in?
Here are two discussions and one guide about logging on with temporary profile issue.  
Temporary profile loads at log in
Windows 7 - windows 7 creating temp user profile
Vista - User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile
Hope that helps.Ivan-Liu
TechNet Community Support

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     i have windows 7 prof 64 bit machine. And this machine under the domain and i have install printer on that machine.
When domain user logon on there machine and try to set default printer it is not able to set default.I want to set this as default .so how can i solve this

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My system is under of domain when i logon on my system with domain user system shows me you are logon with temporary profile. And i check in cmd my profile shows on this way ( C:\Users\Temp:000 )
how to solve this issue........Help

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Hi all,

Something a bit curious...wondering why when I configure a system, the username folder in C:\Users has two:
username and username.domain.

My guess is that when I first start configuring the system, it asks for the user of the system, I input the user, THEN when the computer is added to the domain, a new folder is created with the username, but with the domain appended.

Soooo, can I safely remove one of them, or should I leave them alone?

Thanks in advance!


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I have a laptop (Windows XP Pro) that I have been using for work so I have been logging in (both when I'm in the office and on the network and when I am offline at home) using a work-related domain user. I will no longer be working with that company and so would like to cease to use that domain user.

How can I make that user a local user no longer associated with the domain? Alternatively, how can I easily copy all the user profile settings and files?

I have tried "Copy To" from System>Advanced>User Profiles but the Copy To button is grayed out for the domain user I wish to copy. I have also copied the ntuser files to a new local user which seemed to go okay. Except that I am stuck on how to 1) disconnect Outlook from my work's Exchange (Outlook won't open in the new user profile) and 2) get my ACT (from Sage) database synching with the remote. It all just seems a bit more than I can figure out.

Easiest thing would be to just "unhook" the domain user profile from the domain and have it be strictly local...?

Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Since last week, when we try to logon our Windows 7 computers (at domain) with an user that never has been logged on this computer we receive the following error:

The user profile Service failed the logon. Cannot be loaded the user profile.

I looked for a solution in Google, but it's not in relation with Profilelist on regedit (because this user has never logged on the computer).

It did not happen with local users, only domain ones.

Can you help me?


Answer:Error in Logon on Windows 7 x86 on domain Cannot load profile

Is this one machine or all/some of them?
Does your old domain accounts keep working on the problem PC/s? Is the time synchronized with the DC?

DNS issue perhaps? Does Security event log show any failure audits? How about System logs?

Also, would this help? It talks about CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program), now these days it is active due to Windows 10. Maybe you have Windows 10 updates interfering? For a list of such updates, see How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8


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I currently have 5 user accounts on my windows vista 32-bit computer and I needed to create a new account. So, I logged onto the administrator account and created a new user account. Then, I logged off the administrator account and tried to log onto the new account. However, I received the following message
The user profile service failed the log on.
User profile can not be loaded.
After receiving the message I restarted the computer and attempted to log onto the new account but I received the same message.
Please help me.
Thank you in advance.

Answer:The user profile service Service failed the log on. User profile can not be loaded. Problem. Windows Vista 32-bit

Fix a corrupted user profile, Vista -


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I have setup AD at home and created a new user.
What i would like to do is copy all my settings and everything from my local profile to my domain profile.

How do i do this?

Answer:Copy a user profile" Local --> Domain

USMT should be able to do this. I haven't used it much, but if you google 'USMT local to domain' you'll probably find the correct command line options.

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Hi All,
Im facing a wierd problem regarding "users management" in a domain.
User profile on node was created by running login script from the domain (Domain Win2000 and Node Win XP) when node was connected to domain.
When i delete the user account thru "Document and Settings" or thru "User Profiles in advanced tab in System Properties", it does not delete user account completely.
Even though after i delete the user account it does not show up anywhere, but when i try to login with deleted user name it let me login and then create it at appropriate location.(No matter the node is conected to domain or not)

I tried the whole procedure with disconnected node as well connected.
It's not working out.
Is there any other location where XP stores the login info (i kno a little about sam log file, but don't know wht to do with that)
Also tried deleting thru Registry Keys. No go.

I'll really appreciate if any of you guys could help me out with this problem.
In case u have any clue please email it to me at "[email protected]" or try to chat with me at "[email protected]" or [email protected]"

Thanking in anticipation
Cheers !

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I've been tampering with Windows 10, trying to determine what I can customize and what apps I can strip from it without getting in trouble, often this requires me to rebuild the user profile. The machine is on a Windows domain, so my typical process would involve deleting the profile from c:\users\<profilename> and then from the ProfileList in the registry, unfortunately, this doesn't seem to fully restore the trashed profile.

Windows 10 remembers something about that trashed profile, such as which apps were removed, and then that carries over when you try to login after deleting links to the old profile. I now the changes I made were user-centric since I can login with a profile I've not yet used and all the apps are in that profile.

tl;dr: Windows 10 is remembering things about old domain user profiles even after going through the standard process of rebuilding the profile. I need to figure out how to completely wipe the user profile and the app associations so it rebuilds more completely.

Answer:Properly re-building domain user profile in Windows 10?

You should be deleting the profile from System->Advanced System Settings->Advanced tab ->User Profile Settings rather than the way you listed.

*Edit* Clarified how to access the screen.

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Logged in as admin to a machine and I can see under System Properties\User Profiles around 10 profiles stored on the machine, both local and domain accounts (those were basically logged on to the machine before, which got their profile cached), but I'm
unable to delete any of the domain accounts (delete button greyed out). I am however able to delete the local accounts. Any idea why that might be the case? Those accounts are not in use on the machine, and as far as I can see, there's no GPO setting disabling
the option of deleting domain account profiles that are stored on the machine. With the same set of GPOs applied to other machines, I am able to delete profiles just fine.

Answer:Option to delete domain user profile greyed out

I don't know how to explain it but I am sure if you reboot in safe mode you will be able to remove domain profiles. Also I believe you will be able to do that if you logon as domain user (with admin rights on that workstation). Please give me your feedback.

It may help as well. Information from 2003
To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.If the computer is joined to a domain, members of
the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.
Looks like it is by design.

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Our school is moving from a Workgroup setup to a Domain (Active Directory.) I'm having a problem though. When I set up new users all of their local settings disappear. So now I'm looking for an easy way to migrate User Profiles from the Local User to the new active directory user. I know microsoft has the Active Directory Migration Tool but is that truly the BEST way to do it?? The guide is like 100000 pages long so I'm not even sure if I want to go that route. Thanks in advance guys.

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Ok, we've moved all our users to a new domain and for all but one I was able to use a migration tool to do all the grunt work.

However one users already had a profile on the new domain so I was not able to migrate their old info over using the tool so I have to do it manually.

This is something I have only done a few times and none of them recently.

Someone have a link to a guide or how-to for this or can explain in in easy steps?

I have already joined his PC to the new domain and now just need to move over his profile/email/outlook...etc.


Answer:[resolved] Joined to new domain, need to move user profile

Easier than I thought, just copied all his old stuff over, move his pst file and reconnected and he was good to go.

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I have the same issue the other user mentions. I can log on as a domain admin, but not as a domain user. There are only 4 profiles in the registry, with no .bak extensions:

1 is the default user
2 is the localservice account
3 is the networkservice account
4 is the local "Administrator" account

I was assuming the problem was with the default user, so I followed the article previously mentioned, and changed the RefCount from "1" to "0", and the State was already set to "0". I am still unable to log in with any domain account except for domain administrators.

Anyone know how to fix this?


Answer:The user profile service failed the logon - on Domain

Welcome TVbowman to the windows 7 forums.

What is the server that your trying to log into ? windows server 2008r2 or 2003 or what?
Also, are you trying to login to the console or rdp or just map a drive?
Also, is the regular user allowed to login via the security configuration of the server and AD?


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Hey, I am having trouble finding how to create roaming profiles in Vista. I am a Computer/Networking novice and I just practice at home. I have 1 desktop PC and 1 laptop PC and both are connected to my network. I was wondering if there was a way to make it so that my desktop will act as a server and I can log on to my desktop from my laptop using the same profiles that I have in the desktop. I am mediocre at computer technology and I am trying to get my feet wet here in networking. I know XP had User Profile Roaming and I know vista has folder redirection service and profile roaming but I can't seem to figure out how. I want to know if I can do what I want to do and still use my desktop as a regular desktop computer. Any help would be appreciated. Help out a beginner here!

Answer:Roaming User Profiles in Vista


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hi.. one of my colleague's user profile from our domain on her own computer has a missing recycle bin and the weird problem is.. even if we deleted her profile from the server and recreate another one it is the same problem... the desktop icons are the same as before and even the desktop wallpaper is the same as before the profile being deleted. i re-created twice and twice the recycle bin is missing. but when i went to another computer.. and logged in with the user's profile.. the recycle bin is there! even when i right click on exploring the windows explorer.. the recycle bin is no where to be found. can anyone tell me whats going on?

Answer:Recycle Bin icon missing from a domain's user's profile on a particular computer.

This may help line #64 on the right.

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I have not been able to find an answer that matches the issue I'm facing. I had recently setup a laptop for a user and soon after, he was experiencing issues that I thought might be profile related. So, I did what always worked for me on prior versions of
Windows without any fuss or side affects.
I logged in under the local Administrator account, I went into: System Properties>User Profiles>Settings and removed the user profile from there. When I do that, I get an error message:
Profile Error
Profile not deleted completely. Error - A required privilege is not held by the client
Ok, no problem I think. I just need to delete the user's profile directory under the users folder right? So I do this and figure when I try to log in again as the user that a new profile will be created. However, this is not what happens exactly. I login
with the user credentials and it logs in successfully. However, I get a pop saying:
You have been logged on with a temporary profile
You cannot access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you log off. To fix this, log off and try logging on later.
Please see the event log for details or contact your system administrator
So my question is; why did the profile not delete completely after both deleting the user profile under System Properties and after deleting the actual profile directory? What did I miss and what is the proper method of deleting a user profile completely
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Answer:How To Properly Delete a User Profile on Windows 7 in a Domain environment

Sorry for my dilatory reply. Obviously, you encounter a problem when removing a user from system. Generally speaking, we can delete a user profile in Control Panel:

While, for your operation, it just delete the User Profile, next time you login system, it would use Default Profile to login, then you would see a temporary profile login.

Roger Lu
TechNet Community Support

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We have several user profiles that we would like to delete when setting up Windows 7 images so that old users do not have their folders stored on the new images. However, after manually deleting the folders under C:\Users and then
locating their keys in the registry and deleting those, the users' folders return immediately after any of our computers that we try this on gets rebooted.

Is there another step that we're missing? I've been searching around online and have been unable to locate any solutions. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Unable to permanently delete domain user profile folders

I think the right way to delete a profile would be Right click on My computer -> Properties -> Advanced System settings -> Advanced -> user profiles -> settings. Here you can select the required profile and then delete it.Janaki Hariharan

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We have removed a computer from the domain because of some network issues.
When we logged in to the computer as a local administrator we've noticed that the user folder of the domain user who was previously logged to that computer was almost empty(except for the appdata folder).
When we joined the pc back in the domain the computer made a new profile.
Unfortunaly the user did save some documents on his dekstop in the old profile.
Is there a possibilty to recover the documents.

The computer runs Windows 7 64 bit.

The old profile is not listed in the profile list in the system properties and also not visible as a profile in the register.

Answer:Corrupt user profile when removing and adding computer to domain

It's not a roaming profile and the hidden files are shown (also the protected operating files ares shown)
I only see the appdata folder

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I removed the domain controller role from my windows 2008 server and now my Administrator profile is messed up. I'm a newbie with active directory so I only toyed with it for a little.

There is a second user profile in C:\Users\ now. My Administrator folder, as well as a new Administrator.devserver, where devserver was the name of the domain I used for the DC.

Basically, whenever I log in, it's using Administrator.devserver (C:\Users\Administrator.devserver) instead of my normal account folder (C:\Users\Administrator). How can I get this back to normal? This is urgent. Thanks!!!

Answer:Removed domain controller from 2008 server, profile is messed up

That's the problem I've had with Windows 2008 server. If your administrator account name is the same as the domain admin name, then when you type "administrator" in the user field, Windows will automatically change the login to "domain" instead of "workgroup" under the password field. It's an annoyance.

You have to include the computer name when logging in as Administrator.

As with domain\administrator, type computername\administrator instead in the user field.

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I would like quidance on the best way of deleting an old domain user account.
The user account (call it domact1) does not show up in the User Accounts Control Panel.  The local users do, (I expected that) but is still listed in the directory.  Many of the files and folders have been deleted, but it is still there. 
The computer is no longer in the domain, in fact the domain does not exhist any longer.
Domact1 does not appear in the Local Account listing (as expected).  It does appear in c:\users\  Information is normally hidden (you can change the view settings and permissions).  I would expect that deleting a local account also deletes
registry information for the user account.  How should I delete the account.  I suspect that I can just delete the C:USERS\DOMACT1 directory and  subdirectories (I have not tried that) or is there a way to also delete all the registry entries
also?  I also have the local domain administrator account.
Running Windows 7 Professional 32bit.
Thanks is advance.

Answer:What is the correct way to delete a Domain Profile (user acct) from a WorkGroup computer?

Right click Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings. On the Advanced tab, choose the Settings-button under User Profiles. Delete the profile you want deleted.

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I have a user that has now left our company and would therefore like to delete their roaming profile from the profiles folder on our server.

I have deleted their account from Active Directory and have then tried to delete their profile from the roaming profiles folder. But when I do this I get the access denied message, the reason being that the file may be open or I do not have sufficient rights. I have also taken ownership of the folder so I have all the correct permissions.

Anyone have any ideas ?


Answer:Access Denied when I try to delete a users roaming profile from the profile share ?


Try to reset the permissions of the folder, and then make sure you have ownership of the sub folders to.

What OS are you using?

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I have an issue that I need serious help with. (The user is my boss...nuff said.) He has been using a laptop with windows 7 professional for some time now and recently he reported to me that when he undocks his laptop and takes it on the road (for example) he does not see his desktop icons, quick launch etc... If he saves a file to the desktop for example, it is gone once he logs off or reboots. We recently got him a new laptop running windows 7 enterprise and are still seeing the same issue! Now, we are using roaming profiles in our environment and I am considering moving him to a local profile as this is really the only machine that he uses. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix his local profile? I want to say that it either related to GPOs or his user account as this happens on two different machines. As far as redirection, we have his documents redirecting to his home folder but there are not other user policies applying to his account. Thank you for your time and advice in advance!

Answer:Local profile data not saved locally - roaming profile

The reason this is happening is that he is part of a domain likely, and when you are away from the network the computer cannot login into the Domain. He will have to switch his profile to local.

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Is this possible? I have a win 2K3 server and several vista machines. I DO have a copy of Win 2K8 if that's required.

Also, does anyone happen to know of a good tutorial for setting this up? All the Vista machines are Home Premium. Thanks!

Answer:Roaming profiles with Vista machines and Win 2K3 server?


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i have a windows vista (home premium) 32 bit system. my user profile did not load and message displayed that changes made will not be saved. i have gone through other discussions of the same query but they did not help. i tried system restore, changing state value to zero, i dont know the admin password either. i deleted my registry file(ntuser....). please help. the last thing i want to do is windows reinstall

Answer:my user profile does not load

try a system restore with your vista disc This tutorial will show you how

System Restore - How to

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I needs some help and am seriously at a lost. I backed up my system with Norton Ghost 15 so i could reconfigure my drive from a Raid 0 to a JBOD array. ran the restore and i couldn't load into windows it would just stay on the post screen. I went back to the raid 0 array and restored again. its still stuck on the post screen. ran the 7 ult repair and if found a problem and fixed it but still doesn't load. tried a fixmbr and fixboot in command prompt with bootrec.exe. it finally loaded into windows now when i log into my profile it starts preparing the desktop and then gives a blue screen that has no system tray or icons or desktop. on the bottom right it says Windows 7, Build 7600, This copt of windows is not genuine. I tried loading into safe mode and i got DISK BOOT FAILURE, PLEASE INSERT THE SYSTEM DESK AND PRESS ENTER.

Any thoughts on how to fix this???

Answer:Cant load user profile

Quote: Originally Posted by NightsFlame

I needs some help and am seriously at a lost. I backed up my system with Norton Ghost 15 so i could reconfigure my drive from a Raid 0 to a JBOD array. ran the restore and i couldn't load into windows it would just stay on the post screen. I went back to the raid 0 array and restored again. its still stuck on the post screen. ran the 7 ult repair and if found a problem and fixed it but still doesn't load. tried a fixmbr and fixboot in command prompt with bootrec.exe. it finally loaded into windows now when i log into my profile it starts preparing the desktop and then gives a blue screen that has no system tray or icons or desktop. on the bottom right it says Windows 7, Build 7600, This copt of windows is not genuine. I tried loading into safe mode and i got DISK BOOT FAILURE, PLEASE INSERT THE SYSTEM DESK AND PRESS ENTER.

Any thoughts on how to fix this???

Is there anything on there that you absolutely cant live without? It would be so much easier to just format and re-install


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Hello---I have been researching this problem for a few days, and am turning to you in hoipe of help. I cannot log on with my own profile. After improper Windows shut-down due to power failures, I got error messages that Windows 7 was logging me in temporarily. Those error messages stopped, and now after repeated rebooting, Windows simply logs me in under some kind of new profile. Under the Users folder in the C drive, there are two folders (myuser name and my username1) In the registry, the Profile List is pointing to username1, which is the new one. I can see my old documents, pictures, etc., under the old user name in OS:C, but they are not loading with my profile. There is no .bak on the end of the Registry entry, which most of the fix-it advice seems to assume.
If I simply delete the wrong user (the one to which the Registry is pointing) from the Users folder, will Windows find the correct user profile? I miss my stuff!
Thanks so much for any help,
New England Mom

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I am on XP Professional SP2 and none of the user profiles will load on bootup. I can get to control panel and explorer will launch from the start menu where I can see everything that is loaded on the c: drive.

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