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How to Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded."Information. When you log on to Vista using a temporary profile (user account), you receive this error message:For more information, KB947215.The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded Note Warning If you have this error message below instead, then see: How to Fix the Error "Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile." in Vista Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile.Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator.Tip. If the steps in the tutorial below do not help or you wish to try this first, then: You can try doing a System Restore at boot to see if it can fix this before using the instruction in the tutorial below. If you do not want to repair the user profile, you can delete it and create a new user account in OPTION TWO. If this still does not work for you, then you will be left with doing a clean install for your Upgrade or Full version of Vista.Try the option at this link: Rob Brooks-Bilson's Blog: Fix for Vista's: The User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loadedSTEP ONE:Logon to the ComputerWarningYou must be logged on to an administrator account from step 1 or 2 below before you can move on to do either the OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO sections.1. Logon to another Administrator account. NOTE: If you do not have another Administrator account, then proceed to step 2.A) Go to OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO.2. Boot into Safe Mode. NOTE: You may not need to enable the built-in Administrator account. If this was the only normal administrator account you had, then Safe Mode should automatically boot into the built-in Administrator account.A) If Safe Mode did not boot into the built-in Administrator account, then enable the Built-in Administrator account. If it did , then go to step 2C.B) Logoff in Safe Mode, and then logon to the built-in Administrator account to logon with that account in Safe Mode.C) Go to OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO.OPTION ONE:Fix the User Account Profile1. Open the Start menu.2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.3. If prompted, either click on Continue or enter the password for the Administrator account.4. In regedit, 5: Code: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList5. In the left pane, look for the S-1-5..... folder (SID key) with the long number that has .bak at the end of the numbers. (See screenshots below steps 6A and 7B (NOTE: A) In the right pane, look at the ProfileImagePath to verify that this is the user account profile that has the error.B) You may have another S-1-5..... folder (SID key) above it with the exact same number without the .bak at the end of it.6. For Two S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the same Number -NOTE: This is if you have two S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the exact same numbers, but the second (below) one has the .bak at the end of the numbers.A) In the left pane, right click on the first (top) S-1-5..... folder (SID key) that does not have .bak at the end of the numbers and click Rename. (B) Add .bk to the end of the numbers. C) In the left pane, right click on the second S-1-5..... folder (SID key) with .bak at the end of the numbers and click Rename. D) Remove only .bak from the end of the numbers and press Enter.E) Now go back and Rename the first one with .bk to .bak now at the end of the numbers and press Enter. F) Go to step 8.7. For Only One S-1-5..... Folder (SID key) with .bak -NOTE: This is if you only have one S-1-5..... folder (SID key) for your user account with .bak at the end of the numbers.A) In the left pane, right click on the S-1-5..... folder (SID key) with .bak at the end of the numbers and click Rename. (See screenshot below)B) Remove only .bak at the end of the numbers and press Enter. 8. In the right pane of the one without .bak now, right click on RefCount and click on Modify. NOTE: If you do not have RefCount, then right click on a empty space in the right pane and click New and DWORD (32 bit) Value, then type RefCount and press Enter. This value for this entry will reset and return back to the original value after you have restarted the computer and logged on to the account.A) Type 0 (number) and click on OK. 9. In the right pane of the one without .bak now, right click on State and click on Modify. (See screenshot below step 10)NOTE: This value for this entry will reset and return back to the original value after you have restarted the computer and logged on to the account.A) Type 0 (number) and click on OK. (10. The registry will now look like this for the one without .bak now. (See screenshot below)11. Close regedit.12. Restart the computer.13. See if you can logon now.NOTE: If this still does not help, then either try OPTION TWO below or see the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial.OPTION TWO:Delete the User Account ProfleWarningYou can do this option if you do not care about losing the user account and the contents in the user folders. Your programs will still be installed, but you will need to create new shortcuts for them afterwards. 1. Delete the User account profile that this error is for.NOTE: See: How to Delete a User Account in Vista2. Open the Start menu.3. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.4. If prompted by UAC, click on Continue.5. In regedit, go to: Code:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList6. In the left pane, click on one of the S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the long number in it. NOTE: It may have .bak at the end of it.A) In the right pane, look at the ProfileImagePath to see if this is the same user account that you deleted in step 1 above.B) Repeat step 6 until you find the one that you deleted in step 1 above.NOTE: If the user account is not here, then it has already been removed when deleted in step 1. Go to step 9.7. To Backup the Registry SID Key -WARNING: You should backup this SID key to be safe in case you delete the wrong one in step 8 below.A) Right click on the SID key, and click on Export.B) Type in a name and save the REG file to a safe location. NOTE: This is your backup. To Restore the Backup, right click on the REG backup file and click on Merge.C) Continue on to step 8.8. To Delete the Registry SID Key -A) Right click on the SID key, and click on Delete. B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.9. Close regedit.10. Now, just create a new normal Administrator account.NOTE: See: How to Create a New User Account in Vista11. Restart the computer, and log on to your new account.NOTE: If this still does not help, then either try OPTION ONE above or see the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial.

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Won't log in, says "the User Profile Service service failed the logon. User Profile cannot be loaded."


This is a simple fix that can be done in a few minutes or less. It is a problem with either an update from MSFT that had gone awry or an attack from a virus... Anyhow the steps to take are relatively simple just follow along.

1 - go to this site and it will walk you through step by step

You receive The User Profile Service failed the logon error message *make sure to choose option 1

Apr 12, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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Dell Vostro 3500 running Windows 7. Trying to log into the admin (only) account and get the message: The User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. No Recovery Media was created when this laptop was received. Is there a way to fix this?


Please check following link from Mocrosoft knowledge base:

Error message: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded", when logging on to Windows 7 or Windows Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215

PS: If it helps then please click on thumbs up.If you need more help then please let me know.

Sep 20, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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when i open my computer theres an error the user profile service failed to logon user profile cannot be loaded


Logon in safe mode.
  • Restart your computer and log into safe mode: As your computer is rebooting, press F8 Repeatedly after your POST screen.
  • Choose safe mode with networking
  • Open internet explorer and copy and paste this site into the address bar:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-the-user-profile-service-failed-the-logon-user-profile-cannot-be-loaded
  • Click on Microsoft Fixit.

If this resolves your issue, 4 thumbs would be appreciated.

Sep 16, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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