Windows Vista always logs you on with a temporary profile?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.01.2008 at 08:33

If you’re facing problems logging in with your domain account to Windows Vista computer joined to a domain, and you’re wondering why you’re always getting logged on with a “temporary profile” on your Windows Vista computer, you need to read this post.

You’ve tried it all, deleting and recreating the profile, deleting the C:users%username% folder, etc. But the problem still remains.

This is because your domain user account is a member of either the Guests or Domain Guests local user group in the Windows Vista computer. Remove yourself from the group and feel the magic! 🙂

If that doesn’t work, here is another tip:

Open up Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList

You will find one entry for each profile. Check the following for the user account in question:

  1. Ensure the key name doesn’t end in “.bad
  2. Ensure the RefCount value is 0
  3. Ensure the State value is 0

Thanks goes to my colleague Georgee for this tip!

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