You've been signed in with a temporary profile Windows 10, 8 or 7

You may start facing problems of temporary profile when the user specific account files or configurations are corrupted.

In my earlier post I have mentioned about How to disable or turn off Windows Defender on your Windows 10, 8 or 7 pc.

In this post I am going to explain all such steps which I had taken when I had the same problem with my Windows 10 laptop.

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If your Windows 10, 8 or 7 computer or laptop is booting up with the temporary profile and showing up this message:-
“You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile. You can’t access you files, and files created in this profile will be deleted when you sign out. To fix this, sign out and try signing in later. Please see the event log for more details or contact your system administrator.”
You've been signed in with a temporary profile

By following these steps mentioned here as follows you can fix the temporary profile issue with your computer or laptop.


How to Fix “You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile” Error in Windows 10?

1. First we need to find the SID i.e the (Security Identifier) of your user account that is experiencing the temporary profile issue. To do that just press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run box. Type cmd and press Enter key to open Command Prompt.


2. When the Command Prompt window is launched, type the following command:-

wmic useraccount where name='Username' get sid

Replace 'Username' with your account user name. Press Enter key and you will see the SID name of your account. Note down your SID which we will use in the steps as shown below.



After finding the SID close the Command Prompt window and now we will begin to fix the registry settings.


Important Registry Warning!

Before modifying computer registry, I will highly recommend you to take a back up of your registry or create a system restore point as this this will help you if something goes wrong. Also you will have to be careful while doing the modification in registry, wrong modification may cause booting issues.

3. Press Windows + R key on your keyboard to open the Run box. Type regedit in the Run box and press Enter key to open the Registry Editor.

4. When the Registry Editor opens, in the left pane navigate to the following registry sub key:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

You've been signed in with a temporary profile Windows 10 Fix

Expand the ProfileList sub key, you will see your specific SID registry key. Locate the correct registry key for your profile which we have noted in Step 2 above.

Locate to ProfileImagePath in the right pane of the Registry Editor window. As you are facing this issue you can see in the data column of the above image that the string might be pointing to C:\Users\TEMP. Due to this you are getting a temporary profile error.

5. Double click on the same string to modify it's value. In the Edit String menu put the Value name as C:\Users\Username

How to fix temporary profile in Windows 10?

If your system root drive is not C then you need to change it with your System root drive whatever it may be. Replace the Username with your user account name and Click OK button.

6. Locate your SID Registry sub key again in the Profilelist key ending with .bak, right click on it and select Delete. Now you can close the registry editor.

How to fix temporary profile in Windows 10?

7. Last and final step is to reboot Windows 10 on your desktop or laptop and now you can easily login through your normal user profile.

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