The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded

February 25, 2014 at 12:04 PMMadestro

A user was not able to login to a computer for the first time. He kept getting the following error:

The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded

There are plenty of articles out there and even a Microsoft "Fix It" for it:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215/en-us

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/i-receive-error-message-the-user-profile-service/38844b82-a2c1-4fa2-9802-a5318d6f7831

None of this worked for me unfortunately.

After giving it some thought, it occurred to me that maybe the Windows default profile (used when you login for the first time) was corrupted.

So I went to the c:\users\default folder and deleted everything in it. 

I then went to another machine that was working fine and copied the contents of the folder to the machine having trouble.

Problem solved.

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