Sunday, January 25, 2009

Windows Vista : My User Profile Corrupted

Currently am using Windows Vista SP1 with Updates.

Unfortunately, today morning my user profile got corrupted. [just before that, I was working with out problem and shut downed properly, but could in find the root for the cause].

While restarting, it was showing as “preparing your desktop” and then loaded a temporary profile :-(   Shows the below 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.

Fortunately, my “user directory” is not deleted for my turn, at least that content was saved.

Timely got resolution for this problem in “Microsoft Support Portal”


The excerpt of the solution

  1. Log on to the system by using an administrative user account other than the user account that is experiencing the problem.
  2. Back up all data in the current user's profile folder if the profile folder still exists, and then delete the profile folder. By default, the profile resides in the following location:


  3. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.  Collapse this imageExpand this image User Account Control permission

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

  4. Locate the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

  5. Under the ProfileList subkey, delete the subkey that is named SID.bak.
    Note SID is a placeholder for the security identifier (SID) of the user account that is experiencing the problem. The SID.bak subkey should contain a ProfileImagePath registry entry that points to the original profile folder of the user account that is experiencing the problem.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.
  7. Log off the system.
  8. Log on to the system again.
After you log on to the system, the profile folder is re-created.