Logging onto Windows XP SP2 fails with corrupt profile error message.
Posted on 2006-04-30
I have a Windows 2003 Small Business Server providing domain logins for a number of Windows XP SP2 computers. A number and possible all of these computers have a problem where if they are turned on and allowed to sit idle for a number of minutes before a user logs in, then the login will fail with the following errors.
"Windows cannot load the locally stored profile. Possible causes of this error include insufficient security rights or a corrupt local profile. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator." This error message will time out after 30 seconds and a second error message appears. "Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temprorary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off."
As mentioned, this doesn't happen if the user logs on relatively quickly after the login screen appears, and if the computer is rebooted, the problem goes away. Given that this happens on multiple machines, I don't believe it is a hardware fault, and they all have up-to-date anti-virus /anti-spyware protection.