Windows logging you in using temp profile

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If Windows always logs you in using a temporary profile which happens a lot if you have deployed a virtual machine from a vmWare created template, follow these steps which should resolve the issue.

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit)
  2. Browse to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\
  3. Find the key that references the username you are having issues with
  4. Delete the entire key
  5. reboot

You should not be able to logon and it create a profile.