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    You've been signed in with a temporary profile - Fix

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

    information   Information
    A user profile is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It is stored in the user's C:\Users\<user name> profile folder, and contains the account's settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows.

    If a user signs in to their account and gets the You've been signed in with a temporary profile notification below, then that user has been signed in to a temporary profile (ex: C:\Users\TEMP ) instead of the profile from their C:\Users\<user name> profile folder. Any changes that the user makes to the temporary profile are lost after signing.

    You've been signed in with a temporary profile.

    You can't access your 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.
    This tutorial will show you how to fix the "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" error for a user account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    How to read event log details for User Profile Service error:
    • Open Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc), and expand open Windows Logs and Application in the left pane.
    • Right click or press and hold on Application in left pane, click/tap on Find, type 1511 for Event ID, and click/tap on Find Next.
    • Close the Find dialog, and view details. Repeat to view any other listed 1511 Event IDs if needed.

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    EXAMPLE: "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" notification
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    Here's How:

    1. Sign in to any administrator account on the PC.
    Note   Note
    If the account that is getting the "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" error is an administrator, you will be able to still use it to do the steps below.

    If you do not have an administrator account to sign in to, then you could boot into safe mode, enable the built-in Administrator system account, sign out, and sign in to the Administrator account.



    2. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    4. Browse to the ProfileList key at the location below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

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

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    5. In the left pane under the expanded ProfileList key, click/tap on a SID key (S-1-5-21....long number) with .bak at the end (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001.bak) (see screenshot below step 4)

    6. In the right pane of the SID key (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001.bak), look at the value data for the ProfileImagePath value name to see if the profile folder path (ex: C:\Users\Brink7) is correct for the user account with this temporary profile error. (see screenshot below and below step 4)

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    7. Do step 8 (no) or step 9 (yes) below depending on if the user's profile folder path is correct in the registry in step 6.


     8. If the Profile Folder Path is NOT Correct

    Note   Note
    This can often happen if the user's profile folder (ex: C:\Users\Brink) was improperly renamed, or moved without updating the path in the registry.

    This option will correct the user's profile folder path in the registry in an attempt to fix the temporary profile error without having to delete the user's profile to reset and rebuild it.


    A) In the right pane of the SID key with .bak (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001.bak), double click/tap on the ProfileImagePath value name to modify it. (see screenshot below step 4)

    B) Type in the correct path (ex: C:\Users\Brink) of the user's profile folder, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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    C) Right click or press and hold on the SID key (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001) that has the same last 4 numbers (ex: 1001) without .bak at the end, and click/tap on Delete. This is the SID for the temporary profile for the user. (see screenshot below and below step 4)

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    D) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    E) Right click or press and hold on the SID key with .bak (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001.bak), click/tap on Rename, and edit out only .bak in the name. (see screenshots below)

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    F) Go to step 10 below.


     9. If the Profile Folder Path is Correct

    Note   Note
    This can happen when the profile becomes corrupted.

    This option will delete the user profile of the user account getting the temporary profile error to reset and rebuild the user's profile and settings by creating a new profile folder to fix this error.


    A) Right click or press and hold on the SID key (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001) that has the same last 4 numbers (ex: 1001) without .bak at the end, and click/tap on Delete. This is the SID for the temporary profile for the user. (see screenshot below and below step 4)

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    B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Right click or press and hold on the SID key with .bak (ex: S-1-5-21-....-1001.bak), and click/tap on Delete. This is the corrupted profile backup. (see screenshot below and below step 4)

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    D) Click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Close Registry Editor, and restart the computer to now be able to sign in to the user account without getting the temporary profile error.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       2016-04-25 #1

    Hi Gents,
    Thank you for the great work.
    I would have a question. I have a user with a Surface Pro who could not connect to Company's VPN. Every time he signed/logged in to Windows, it shown as a new temporary profile (under "Users" a new ID profile temp.*** folder got created ) and he could not connected to VPN because once he clicked connect to VPN the Wi-Fi connection got disconnected. So we used Skype to remote control. I followed the tutorials:
    user's profile folder path was correct ("9. If the Profile Folder Path is Correct") so we followed the guide but could not fix the issue
    after logged in a new temp profile got created. Deleted all temp.profile what we could and renamed the userID folder to userID.old to see if a new correct profile gets created but system lets user login under a temp profile. So now no registry key for the correct userID profile under ProfileList.
    No option to wired connection neither to connect to company's network directly. Any help or idea would be great. Thanks
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,490
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-04-25 #2

    Hello nyers,

    This is for fixing the temporary profile issue while signing in on a local PC. I'm not sure how it will work over a VPN though.
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  3. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 10
    Windows10
       2016-05-24 #3

    Hi

    I followed all instructions in the fix but following a restart I've lost everything! Also the Windows version doesn't seem to look anything like it did before although Microsoft says I'm still running Windows 10. Can I do anything? Tried recovery/system restore but says nothing to restore back to. Sorry - not very tech minded!
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,490
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-05-24 #4

    Hello Max and Millie, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial will only delete or correct the user profile reference in the registry. It doesn't delete your user profile folder, so your files should still be there.

    Are you able to double check to make sure this is correct in your registry?
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  5. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 10
    Windows10
       2016-05-24 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Max and Millie, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial will only delete or correct the user profile reference in the registry. It doesn't delete your user profile folder, so your files should still be there.

    Are you able to double check to make sure this is correct in your registry?
    How do I do that?! I deleted the 2 files as described in the tutorial. Do I need to go back into the registry? My computer just doesn't look the same - no bookmarks, sticky notes, nothing in document folders, etc.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,490
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-05-24 #6

    That's correct. You would need to go back into the registry to verify that the full path of your user profile folder is correct.

    It sounds like you may still be signed in to a temporary profile. If so, that would be why you don't see any of your profile's bookmarks, sticky notes, nothing in document folders, etc.
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  7. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 10
    Windows10
       2016-05-24 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    That's correct. You would need to go back into the registry to verify that the full path of your user profile folder is correct.

    It sounds like you may still be signed in to a temporary profile. If so, that would be why you don't see any of your profile's bookmarks, sticky notes, nothing in document folders, etc.
    This is how it looks:

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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,490
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-05-24 #8

    Is "C:\Users\Helen.LAPTOP" the correct path and name for your %UserProfile% folder?
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  9. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 10
    Windows10
       2016-05-24 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Is "C:\Users\Helen.LAPTOP" the correct path and name for your %UserProfile% folder?
    I don't know. The profile that was initially causing the problem was this one and that was just named Brian when I deleted it. That's now got Laptop added. Sorry - didn't pay attention to path! I didn't delete anything relating to the Helen one, just Brian, but it's affected both accounts.
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