Disabling Roaming Profiles When Troubleshooting

If you’re troubleshooting a desktop system on a network where roaming profiles are being used, you may want to temporarily disable roaming profiles on the machine and use a locally cached profile instead. That way when you reboot the machine or log off and on, you won’t end up having the roaming profile overwrite any diagnostic changes you’ve been making to the machine while troubleshooting.

To change from using roaming profiles to a locally cached profile, open System in Control Panel, switch to the Advanced tab, click Settings under User Profiles, click the Change Type button, and click Local Profile.

Mitch Tulloch is President of MTIT Enterprises, an IT content development company based in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to starting his own company in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point International. Mitch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking and security and has written 14 books and over a hundred articles on various topics. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch is also a professor at Jones International University (JIU) where he teaches graduate-level courses in Information Security Management (ISM) for their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information see http://www.mtit.com.

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2 thoughts on “Disabling Roaming Profiles When Troubleshooting”

  1. thank you, however when i do this on Windows 10 pro 1909, even though it appears to work after pressing ok, you can do it again, to see no change is actually being made.

    I know that i chose a local profile / account when installing windows, the only real problem is i get an error about “user profile service, roaming profile failed to load, using local instead” ….

    my concern is that it may try to delete it again… fortunately i have a backup, and i use system restore, but i would like if windows knows “do not delete” & “Local Profile” & “use this folder”…..

    Thank you for this opportunity to rant about windows problems…..

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