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When Windows tries to load, the system constantly goes into a temporary profile. I have followed the instructions from this article via Microsoft but nothing has seemed to work.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-system/windows-8-keeps-loading-with-temporary-profile/583abee6-645d-42a1-88da-063547c6eea0

I know I could create a separate profile and fix the problem (temporarily) but from what I've read online, the problem will keep repeating. Any help would be appreciated.



System Info:

OS Name      Microsoft Windows 8
OS Name      Microsoft Windows 8
Version      6.2.9200 Build 9200
System Manufacturer      Hewlett-Packard
System Model      p2-1394
System Type      x64-based PC
Processor      Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120T CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date      AMI 8.06, 8/15/2012
SMBIOS Version      2.7
Embedded Controller Version      255.255
BIOS Mode      UEFI
BaseBoard Manufacturer      PEGATRON CORPORATION
BaseBoard Name      Base Board
Platform Role      Desktop
Secure Boot State      On
PCR7 Configuration      Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory      C:\windows
System Directory      C:\windows\system32
Boot Device      \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Installed Physical Memory (RAM)      6.00 GB
Total Physical Memory      5.87 GB
Available Physical Memory      4.25 GB
Total Virtual Memory      11.9 GB
Available Virtual Memory      10.2 GB
Page File Space      6.00 GB
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by:jhyiesla
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If it's a part of an AD domain, try removing it from the domain within Windows and then double check in ADUC that it's gone... if not manually delete it.  Then set it back up again.

Another possibility is that the user who is attempting to log on has a corrupt profile.  Log in as someone else and ,assuming that works OK, rename the offending profile and have the user log in again and see if all is OK.. If so, then copy the necessary parts of the original profile into the new one; documents, desktop, favorites, etc.
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It's not part of a domain. I know I can create a new profile. I am concerned this is going to happen again based on what I've read online. I'm trying to figure out what caused the corruption in the first place.
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by:jhyiesla
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If you figure that out let me know :)

From my perspective it could be some malware infection, a hard disk that just kicked an error, a user who things the right way to shut down Windows is to push the power button until it goes off, a rogue program of some kind... pretty much anything that can screw with the data.

We don't fight it often, but if a profile gets screwed up, there's not much you can do about it. In our environment it usually manifests itself as some weirdness with IE, we don't usually see the temp profile issue, but when we do, the above are the only things, so far, that I've found to "fix" the problem.
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by:abeasst
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It's not malware. I've run 3 different scans from 3 different AV software. All negative. One thing I've learned from all of this, Windows 8 is worse than Vista.
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If you know when it started you might be able to go back in the Event logs and see if something there correlates...assuming the computer has logs that far back.  If not, it may be a easier solution to just give the user a new profile, make sure they understand proper shut down procedures and be alert for any error messages that pop and then just go forward.  If it happens again, dig down right away in the log files.

Did the user or anyone add any new programs recently?
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

>  from what I've read online, the problem will keep repeating.
Non-sense. Under certain circumstances yes, but it's non-sense to take that for granted.
Logon as administrator and bring up the profile list and delete the profile after having backed up anything important in it. If the problem reoccurs, come back.
To do so, Hit SHIFT+Pause ->adv. system settings ->user profiles
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Deleting the profile is not a fix for this solution, especially if the problem repeats. I ended up going back to Windows 7. That seems to be the only real way to avoid this problem in Windows 8. I can't believe that Microsoft hasn't resolved this yet. A systemic profile failure that affects a large portion of their users should be a huge priority. This just goes to show you that like clockwork, Microsoft will always release one stable OS and then completely replace it with an unusable OS.
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No solution was provided so I uninstalled Windows 8 and went back to 7.
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