How Temporary User Profiles Work

If you have worked in a server based computing environment like Terminal Services/RDS/RDSH/Citrix XenApp or VDI, then you know that profiles are a big deal. On occasion, if you are using built-in Windows technology, you may be given a temporary profile. As it turns out, there are several reasons this may happen. Helge Klein, has put together a great list detailing the situations that may cause you to get a temporary profile as well as resources to diagnose these causes. Some of the reasons include:

  • Local profile folder was deleted without deleting the associated registry key
  • Incorrect permissions on the roaming profile
  • The registry hive cannot be loaded
  • You are a guest on the system

This is a great read for anyone having to deal with profiles.

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