Thursday, 11 July 2013

You have been logged on with a temporary profile


Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server


User is being logged on with a temporary folder.


Most common cause is that a user's profile folder located in C:\Users has been removed, but related registry entries were left unchanged. Now when user logs on, profile can not be located and system is using a temporary folder as a fall-back.

1. Log on as administrator, if C:\Users\TEMP exists, remove it
2. Start > Run, type in regedit and hit enter
3. Navigate to:
Check all the entries "S-1-5-21-..." and find the registry key “ProfileImagePath”, with a path to deleted user's folder. Take a note of the Guid entry.
4. Rename corresponding registry key from the "ProfileList" folder adding .removed at the end, i.e.
5. Navigate to
6. Rename key that matches the Guid found in step 3. adding .removed at the end
7. Log on as a user
8. New clean and working profile should be now created

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