Profile not loading correctly in Windows vista

Posted on 2009-05-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have this strange problem in all my Vista machines. Sometime when the user boot the computer the local profile is not loaded correctly. It loads just like a new user account without any customized desktop shortcuts or documents. If i restart the machine and login again, it loads correctly.
What could be the problem? Is this a known issue in Vista?
Question by:josephms
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When you manage to log in with the proper profile not loaded, check the value of %USERPROFILE% (From DOS commnand prompt, type SET).  This should display c:\users\user or something similar.

Check the number of c:\users\(user-having-this-problem) folders.  Some of them may have (user.xxx).

Also, is this user logging on to the Domain?  Do you use Roaming Profile?

If this is a stand alone setup, I'd just delete the user and profiles and recreate it from scratch.


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The user is logging on the domain.
Checked the c:\users . It just displays the user name. No user.xxx stuff.
This has happened in multiple Vista desktops and laptops for multiple users intermittently.

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ID: 24381250
What I suspect is that roaming profile is enabled.

When a user logs on in a roaming profile scenario, the profile is downloaded from the server back to the local computer (copied to c:\users\xxxx).  If this times out due to network traffic or for whatever reason, Vista/XP then creates a temporary profile and advises user that the user's profile was not loaded and that it is using a temporary one (changes will not be saved).

In Active Directory, check the users experiencing problems to see if there's anything in the "Profile path" under User profile.

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