When you log in, Windows displays the following message:

Windows can not load your profile because it looks damaged. You may have logged in using a temporary user profile. Windows can not load your profile because it can be corrupted. You can be logged in using a temporary User Profile.

 

The solution is to create a new local account from safe mode, to do some cleaning on the disk to avoid a new profile corruption and recover data from the damaged account.

Sanitize the system

  • Restart the computer in safe mode (by tapping the F8 key at startup) and log on as Administrator.
  • In Explorer, right-click the drive containing the system and click Properties.
  • Choose Disk Cleanup by enabling the removal of temporary files and temporary Internet files.
  • Still in the properties of the system drive, choose the Tools tab and click on Check Now by checking the two correction boxes beforehand.
  • Restart the computer in safe mode and wait for the disk check to complete, to correct any errors.
  • Still in the properties of the system drive, click on the Tools tab and start defragmenting the drive.

Creating a new user profile in Windows XP Professional

  • Start the computer in safe mode
  • Log in as administrator
  • Click Start / Control Panel / User Accounts.
  • Click the Advanced Options tab, and then click Advanced.
  • In the left pane, click the Users folder or “Create a new account” in the right pane.
  • In the Action menu, click New User.
  • Enter the user information and click Create.

Creating a new user profile in Windows XP Home Edition

  • Start the computer in safe mode
  • Log in as administrator
  • Click Start / Control Panel / User Accounts.
  • In Choose a task , click Create a new account.
  • Enter the user information and click Next.
  • Click an account type, and then click Create Account.

Recovering damaged profile data

The damaged profile data is saved in the Ntuser. * Files in the folder C: \ Documents and Settings \ Username_Profile_Name . To recover them, it is necessary beforehand to let the system display the protected files of the system and the hidden files.

To do this :

  • Log in with a user other than the one corresponding to the profile to retrieve.
  • In Explorer, click Tools / Folder Options / View
  • In Show hidden files and folders , uncheck Hide protected operating system files , and validate with OK.

Next, search for the NtUser.dat, NtUser.dat.log, and NtUser.ini files in the C: \ Documents and Settings \ Username_Profile_Name directory, copy them, and paste them into the newly created user’s folder.

Restart the computer and login with the new user!