Widows 7 - The User Profile Service service failed the logon

After installing some Windows updates on Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC you may not be able to log-on and get error message:
The User Profile Service service failed the logon.
User profile cannot be loaded.

1. Restart computer in safe mode (F8 on boot) and you should be able to login.
2. Start > regedit
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
4. There will be number of Keys. You need to find one which belongs to your broken profile. You can check "ProfileImagePath" value for each key to find out which one belongs to your profile.
5. Let's say your profile key is named "S-1-5-21-2947451878-954321858-1958354267-4471" There will be another Key called "S-1-5-21-2947451878-954321858-1958354267-4471.bak" (the same with .bak at the end)
6. Right click on the first key and add .bak2 at the end.
7. Right click on the second key and remove .bak from the end.
8. Right click on the first key again and change .bak2 to .bak
9. Restart your computer

This should sort the issue (worked for me). If this doesn't help you can find more information and suggestions here.

Windows Vista,
Windows 7

Load an offline registry file

To load (view or edit) an offline registry file:

1. Start > Run > regedit
3. File > Load Hive
4. Browse to an offline registry file and open it
HKEY_CURRENT_USER will be located in C:\Documents and Settings\user.name\NTUSER.DAT
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE keys will be located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\config
5. Give it any name. E.g. TMP
6. Browse the new TMP key and do necessary changes
7. Highlight the new TMP key
8. File > Unload Hive
9. Close registry editor

Windows XP
Windows Server 2003

FileZilla FTP client stores passwords in plain text.

FileZilla FTP client by default silently stores all entered FTP usernames and passwords in plain text.
Passwords may be stored in following locations.
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\user.name\Application Data\FileZilla
Windows Visata/7: C:\Users\user.name\AppData\Roaming\FileZilla

To disable this default behaviour:
1. Copy file C:\Program Files\FileZilla FTP Client\docs\fzdefaults.xml.example to C:\Program Files\FileZilla FTP Client
2. Rename file to fzdefaults.xml
3. Open file in text editor and change set <Setting name="Kiosk mode">1</Setting>
4. Comment line: <!--<Setting name="Config Location">$SOMEDIR/filezilla/</Setting>-->. Or set desired config file location if you wish.
You can also set <Setting name="Disable update check">1</Setting> to disable update check.
5. Save and close the file
6. Delete or rename existing files containing passwords (see above for file names and path)

FileZilla 3.3
Windows XP, Vista, 7

Create bootable Windows installation USB/DVD drive

Bootable USB - Option 1

Rufus is a small free utility that allows to create bootable USB drives. It's very lightweight and doesn't even require installation. Versions 2.15 (portable) can be downloaded from here, or check for the latest version of developer's website.

Bootable USB - Option 2

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool works great if you need to create bootable Windows USB flash drive from an .ISO file. You can download this tool from here or directly from Microsoft.


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