Have had this several times where a user logs in to their computer and it loads a temporary profile. The next time they login everything is missing.
It is missing because everything they did, was stored under the temporary profile. Nothing was being saved. You can fix this by following the following article.
SoFla Networking advises you to try this at your own risk. By attempting this you risk losing all of your data, and possibly the ability to boot into windows. We recommend you call a professional technician to assist you.
If you are in the west palm beach area we would be happy to fix this issue for a flat $100.
Solution: To troubleshoot temporary profiles, follow these steps:
- Log on to the system by using an administrative user account other than the user account that is experiencing the problem.
- Backup all data in the current user’s profile folder if the profile folder still exists, and then delete the profile folder. By default, the profile resides in the following location: %SystemDrive%\Users\UserName
- Click the Start button, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
- Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\ProfileList
- Under the ProfileList Subkey, delete the Subkey that is named SID.bak . Note: SID is a placeholder for the security identifier (SID) of the user account that is experiencing the problem. The SID.bak Subkey should contain a ProfileImagePath registry entry that points to the original profile folder of the user account that is experiencing the problem.
- Exit Registry Editor.
- Restart the system and log on to the system with the problematic user account. After you log on to the system, the profile folder is re-created.
For more information, refer to the following KB article: A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system