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The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. (via postie)

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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After 6-odd months of running Win7 on my main laptop without incident, I tried starting it up a few days ago and had the above error. Having fixed it quite easily, i thought it was worth breaking the blogging silence with it…

How it started was that neither of the windows installs (XP Tablet or 7) would start up, in fact BSOD with some stop error, so I booted into Ubuntu and ran ntfsfix on the appropriate partitions. That got the XP install running, yet the Win7 install then gave me the above error. Now this is my ‘going out’ machine, so it doesn’t have that much installed in the performance install and there’s only me that uses it. It’s also set to auto-login on the 7 install. There’s quite a bit of info about fixing this error on Vista & &, yet this is what got mine working.

Restart into safe mode. Disabled UAC (might not be needed). ran regedit. Clicked through to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NT CurrentVersionProfileList Found my profile (the only non-system one with a long SID) Amended values: State to 0 (from 100h) RefCount to 0 (from 1h) (both zeroes) Rebooted and back into normal usage. Reset UAC to what it was. Ran backup with system image just in case!

So what might be a good plan would be to find out what those values actually mean…