"Windows cannot load your profile because it may be corrupted" error when you try to log on

When you try to log on to Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Microsoft Windows XP Professional, you receive the following error message:

Windows cannot load your profile because it may be corrupted. You may be logged in using a temporary User Profile.


This issue occurs if the current user profile is damaged. To resolve this issue, create a new user profile.

For additional information about how to create a new user profile, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

811151 How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile


When using the procedure explained in 811151, none of your preferences are retained (with respect to the user registry setting), as you are excluding the NTUSER.DAT file while transferring to the new profile. Although all your files will be retained using that method, the customized settings are lost. This is by design. For the Outlook Express messages, create new mail account and transfer/import the DBX files, message rules etc.

You may delete it later at a convenient time after you make sure that everything is copied to the new profile.

To create a duplicate user profile, see this article instead
(Prerequisite: The source profile must be functioning well)