user profile service failed the logon

// March 12th, 2010 // Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista

To reset a corrupt profile in Vista/7/8:

  • Open regedit with administrator rights
  • Find HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\
  • Delete the root key that includes the username you want to reset (DONT remove the others)
  • Rename or remove the username directory under c:\users
  • Reboot and log the user on to recreate the profile, reboot again to apply GPO’s if it’s a domain workstation

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