How To: Fix Windows Vista Error-A Temporary Profile Is Loaded After You Log On
After you log on to a Windows Vista-based system, you may notice that a temporary profile has been loaded instead of the profile that corresponds to the current user. Therefore, any changes that you make to the current desktop are lost after you log off the system. Additionally, the notification area may display the following error message:
Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile.
Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator.
This problem occurs if the current user’s profile was accidentally deleted from the system.
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
- Reboot your Windows Vista machine and log on as different user. Make sure the different user account is a administrator (added to the Administrators group). Or you could log on in to safe mode if you know how to.
- Open Explorer and open C:\Users. Delete the directory of “problematic” user profile and “Temp” directory.
- Run the Windows Vista registry editor by type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
- Locate and then expand the following registry subkey:
- You need to find the correct SID and delete it. To make sure you are deleting the right one, check the key ProfileImagePath which has the profile path.
- Close the registry editor and reboot the computer.
After you log on to the system, the profile folder is re-created.
SID is a placeholder for the security identifier (SID) of the user account that is experiencing the problem. The SID.bak subkey should contain a ProfileImagePath registry entry that points to the original profile folder of the user account that is experiencing the problem.