"You have been logged on with a temporary profile" – Windows 7, keep working!
Today, I started my computer and logged in. I entered my password, hit “Enter” and was shocked about the message “Preparing Desktop” which normally only appears when logging in the first time on a fresh installed system.
After a while, I saw a plain desktop (default background image and all customizations lost). Then a popup showed up – see image on the right. This popup told me (it seems that they did not translate it yet – I have a German version of Windows 7 RC):
You have been logged on with a temporary profile
You cannot access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you log off. To fix this, log off and try logging on later. Please see the event log for details or contact your system administrator.
If my computer was part of a domain, I could understand a message like that. However, I’m “my own system administrator” and my computer has only one (active) user account.
My event log shows the following entries – all errors (I tried to translate them into English):
- Event 1508 (User Profile Service): The registry could not be loaded. This problem often is caused by to less RAM or not sufficient security permissions. Details: The process cannot access the file as it is used by another process: C:\Users\[Username]\ntuser.dat
- Event 1502 (User Profile Service): The local copy of the user profile could not be loaded. Possible reasons are not sufficient security permissions or a corrupted local profile. Details: The process cannot access the file as it is used by another process.
- Event 1515 (User Profile Service): This user profile has been saved. When logging in the next time, there will be an attempt loading this saved profile automatically.
- Event 1511 (User Profile Service): The local user profile was not found. You will be logged in using a temporary user profile. Changes to this profile will be lost when logging off.
Fortunately, after a restart, everything was all right again and I could log in normally.
It’s an annoying issue that a lot of people have seen
I do not know if this should disconcert me or calm me down…