Temporary user profile


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simonc

When I turn on the computer it boots into the windows xp login dialog. If I
put in the password fairly promptly it logs me on with no problem. If I leave
the machine for say 20-30mins without logging on and then try to log on I get
a "User environment" box which says:

"Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a
temporary profile. Possible causes of this error include insufficient
security rights or a corrupt local profile. If this problem persists contact
your administrator."

Once this happens the only way I can log on properly with my profile is by
restarting the machine.

I clearly have sufficient security rights, and the user profile is not
completely corrupt as it lets me log in without a problem if I log in without
delaying.

Does anyone know what is causing this and how I could log on with the proper
profile once the error has occurred?

This is a standalone machine. It is on a home local network but there is no
domain, so I am not using roaming profiles.

Grateful for advice.
 
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Shenan Stanley

simonc said:
When I turn on the computer it boots into the windows xp login dialog. If
I
put in the password fairly promptly it logs me on with no problem. If I
leave
the machine for say 20-30mins without logging on and then try to log on I
get
a "User environment" box which says:

"Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a
temporary profile. Possible causes of this error include insufficient
security rights or a corrupt local profile. If this problem persists
contact
your administrator."

Once this happens the only way I can log on properly with my profile is by
restarting the machine.

I clearly have sufficient security rights, and the user profile is not
completely corrupt as it lets me log in without a problem if I log in
without
delaying.

Does anyone know what is causing this and how I could log on with the
proper
profile once the error has occurred?

This is a standalone machine. It is on a home local network but there is
no
domain, so I am not using roaming profiles.

What are the power settings for your hard disk drive?
 
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Jose

When I turn on the computer it boots into the windows xp login dialog. IfI
put in the password fairly promptly it logs me on with no problem. If I leave
the machine for say 20-30mins without logging on and then try to log on Iget
a "User environment" box which says:

"Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a
temporary profile. Possible causes of this error include insufficient
security rights or a corrupt local profile. If this problem persists contact
your administrator."

Once this happens the only way I can log on properly with my profile is by
restarting the machine.

I clearly have sufficient security rights, and the user profile is not
completely corrupt as it lets me log in without a problem if I log in without
delaying.

Does anyone know what is causing this and how I could log on with the proper
profile once the error has occurred?

This is a standalone machine. It is on a home local network but there is no
domain, so I am not using roaming profiles.

Grateful for advice.

To eliminate questions and guessing, please provide additional
information about your system.

Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

msinfo32

Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
All, Copy and then paste
the information back here.

There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
Name), and whatever appears to
be private information to you, just delete it from the pasted
information.

Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
issues:

Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
detection programs:

Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

They can be uninstalled later if desired.


After the incident, check the Event Viewer for relevant information
around the time of the failure:

Here is a method to post the specific information about individual
events.

To see the Event Viewer logs, click Start, Settings, Control Panel,
Administrative Tools, Event Viewer.

A shortcut to Event Viewer is to click Start, Run and in the box
enter:

%SystemRoot%\system32\eventvwr.msc /s

Click OK to launch the Event Viewer.

The most interesting logs are usually the Application and System.
Some logs may be almost or completely empty.
Not every event is a problem, some are informational messages that
things are working okay and some are warnings.
No event should defy reasonable explanation.

Each event is sorted by Date and Time. Errors will have red Xs,
Warnings will have yellow !s.
Information messages have white is. Not every Error or Warning event
means there is a serious issue.
Some are excusable at startup time when Windows is booting. Try to
find just the events at the date
and time around your problem.

If you double click an event, it will open a Properties windows with
more information. On the right are
black up and down arrow buttons to scroll through the open events. The
third button that looks like
two pages on top of each other is used to copy the event details to
your Windows clipboard.

When you find an interesting event that occurred around the time of
your issue, click the third button
under the up and down arrows to copy the details and then you can
paste the details (right click, Paste
or CTRL-V) the detail text back here for analysis.

To get a fresh start on any Event Viewer log, you can choose to clear
the log (backing up the log is offered),
then reproduce your issue, then look at just the events around the
time of your issue.
 
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simonc

Jose

Many thanks for the detailed instructions. Here is the System info:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
Activation Status Activation Pending (30 days remaining)
System Name XXXXXXXXX
System Manufacturer transtec AG
System Model D975XBX2
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11 GenuineIntel ~2400 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. BX97520J.86A.2809.2007.1213.0017, 13/12/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name XXXXXXXXXXX
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 4,096.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 2.37 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 6.90 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

I have no idea why it says activation is pending - this was done when I
bought the machine nearly two years ago.

On the day when I saw the problem, about four minutes after switching it on,
the following two events occurred:

Event Type: Information
Event Source: LoadPerf
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1001
Date: 27/12/2009
Time: 13:10:57
User: N/A
Computer: METROTOO
Description:
Performance counters for the WmiApRpl (WmiApRpl) service were removed
successfully. The Record Data contains the new values of the system Last
Counter and Last Help registry entries.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 34 1f 00 00 35 1f 00 00 4...5...
0008: 17 07 00 00 ....

Event Type: Information
Event Source: LoadPerf
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 27/12/2009
Time: 13:10:57
User: N/A
Computer: METROTOO
Description:
Performance counters for the WmiApRpl (WmiApRpl) service were loaded
successfully. The Record Data contains the new index values assigned to this
service.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 0c 14 00 00 ....

The next event, about 20 mins later when I tried to log on, is an error
saying Windows was unable to load the registry, and the following event was
that Windows couldn't load the locally stored profile. The problem therefore
seems to be caused by the actions on "Performance counters". I've never heard
of these - what on earth are they?

Grateful for any further advice. Thanks
 

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