You’ve been signed in with a Temporary Profile error in Windows - Windows Basics


Thursday, September 20, 2018

You’ve been signed in with a Temporary Profile error in Windows

MY PC froze a few days ago and on rebooting I tried to sign in and got the message you have been signed in with a temporary profile in Windows.

If you are getting the notification You've been signed in with a temporary profile notification below while signing in to your Windows 10, 8.1, 7 account, it means that you are signed in using a temporary profile, usually stored in C:\Users\TEMP. Any changes that the user makes to the temporary profile are lost after signing in. Here is how to fix it.

Fix temporary profile login Error permanently
Get The SID
First of all you need to find the SID (Security Identifier) of your user account. SID is actually experiencing the temporary profile issue and displaying the notification. To find out the SID for your user account,
1.Type cmd on Start menu search
2.Right click on command prompt and run as administrator to open the command prompt.
3.Then type the command below And hit the enter key to get the SID. ( Note: Replace username with your current username ).
wmic useraccount where name=<‘user name’>get sid 

As Result, you will get the S-1-5-21-823386128-2039157886-1947843478-1001
Note for your cause the SID will be different

Delete the profile from the Registry
After finding the SID, close the Command Prompt. Now we begin to fix the registry settings.
1.Press the Windows+ R key type Regedit and press Enter

2.Open the Registry Editor and go to:

Here look your user account SID, you will find 2 registry keys with same SID number one is normal and another is .bak . click on that SID key (without .bak), you’ll see the “ProfileImagePath” entry in the right pane that points to a temporary profile.
3.Double-click the ProfileImagePath entry to edit the value data.
4.Type the correct profile path and click OK.

Note: If you don’t know the correct profile location, open Windows Explorer browse to C: Drive Users open your user account folder. copy the profile path.

5.Now on registry Window point ProfileImagePath Double Click on it. Here change the profile path on value date field to C:\Users\your user account name as shown bellow.
6.Next, right-click on your old SID key that is maked as .bak, and then click on Delete.

7.Restart your computer


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