Thursday, 2 December 2010

You have been logged on with a temporary profile

While working with a Windows 7 test machine I had the need to remove a users locally cached profile, I went to c:\users and removed the offending folder, logged on and was met with the systray balloon telling me that I was logged on with a temporary profile.

It appears that the issue was due to me not removing the user's info from the registry as well as the local folder, following some research on Technet I found that it is necessary to navigate to

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

and delete the users value, these will be listed as SID's but if you click on the SID then you will find a key which relates to the user named "ProfileImagePath" as shown below


Delete the SID value and when the user logs on again they will get either a new profile or their network profile pulled down.

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