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

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  1.    22 Jun 2016 #40

    The temp account that came up after I logged in had missing items on the desktop and factory settings elsewhere. I still see my original user account folder located under the directory c:\Windows\Users\
    When I first had this problem last week, I found some information saying to just delete the key ending in .bak, as that was the temporary user profile. I'm thinking this person may have been confused.
    I was, however, able to stop getting a temporary profile after log-in by simply deleting the file ending in .bak while keeping the other. Hmm. ?? The account looked the same as the temp but I could save data and files when I logged out.

    So after finding this thread, I restored the deleted .bak key from RegBack to see if the pathway was correct- which it was.

    Now, by deleting both files, is it possible for my programs to be restored to my desktop and my files located back under This PC rather than having to find them in c:\Windows\Users"(Original User Account Name)"?
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       22 Jun 2016 #41

    Yeah, deleting only the .bak key is for a different profile error message that doesn't apply to this temp one.

    Using the method in the tutorial should restore your account's profile to have things back to normal.
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  3.    23 Jun 2016 #42

    Brink said: View Post
    Using the method in the tutorial should restore your account's profile to have things back to normal.
    Unfortunately, this method didn't work for me. I logged in again to a identical looking profile as the temporary account without the error message, after deleting both keys. Still missing desktop items, default background, cleared memory, empty directory. It seems to have created yet another user profile.
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  4. Posts : 27,802
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       23 Jun 2016 #43

    In that case, you could try doing a system restore using a restore point dated before all this happened to hopefully fix it.

    System Restore Windows 10
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  5.    23 Jun 2016 #44

    Do you think this means I have a corrupted user account? I've already tried to do a system restore but there is only one very recent restore point- which is extremely frustrating as I've set the space allowed for storing these reference points to the highest possible.
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       23 Jun 2016 #45

    Could be. If you like, you could try creating a new account, and sign in to it to see how it works.

    If it works properly, then sign back in to the old account, back up anything you want to keep from it, make the new account an administrator, sign in to the new account, delete the old account, and switch the new account to your Microsoft account.
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  7.    23 Jun 2016 #46

    Okay yeah. I think that would be the best option from here. I'll let you know if I figure out anything else.
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  8.    23 Jun 2016 #47

    Thank you SO MUCH Brink. This forum- you, has been more helpful than anything
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       23 Jun 2016 #48

    You're most welcome. I'm glad we could help.
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  10.    03 Jul 2016 #49

    Hey Brink,

    So this happens to my parents computer. I followed your directions, and used step 9 as the file path was correct.

    On reboot, I was able to login, and it looked like it was setting the account up again. Once it goes through the "Please wait, setting up your account" I get a black screen with my cursor. I see notifications (Windows is installing OneDrive) and I can Ctrl+Alt+Del.

    When I restart using Ctrl+Alt+Del, I am again prompted with a temp user, but now I follow step 8 because the file path is incorrect. On reboot I am signed into the temp account again and I am back at step 9 where the file paths are correct.

    Is this account just toast? Any recommendations other than setting up a new account?

    Thanks for the reply and all your hard work!
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