Fix Windows Temporary Profile

In this article, I will discuss how to fix a temporary profile issue in Windows.

Introduction and Causes

Windows user profile icon

The Windows temporary profile issue occurs when the system fails to load the user’s personal settings and instead creates a temporary profile. This can happen due to various reasons, such as a corrupted user profile, incorrect Windows Registry settings, or issues with the user account permissions.

To fix this issue, you can follow these steps:

1. First, ensure that you are logged in with administrative privileges. If not, log out and log back in with an administrator account.

2. Open the Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key + R, typing “cmd,” and then pressing Enter.

3. In the Command Prompt window, type “net user” and press Enter. This will display a list of user accounts on your computer.

4. Identify the account with the temporary profile and note down its name.

5. Next, open File Explorer and navigate to the “C:\Users” directory.

6. Locate the folder corresponding to the user account with the temporary profile and rename it by adding “.bak” at the end of the folder name. For example, if the folder name is “John,” rename it to “John.bak.”

7. Now, open the Windows Registry Editor by pressing the Windows key + R, typing “regedit,” and then pressing Enter.

8. In the Registry Editor, navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.”

9. Look for a key with the “.bak” extension and the same name as the folder you renamed in step 6. Delete this key.

10. Locate the key with the same name as the folder you renamed, but without the “.bak” extension. Right-click on it and select “Modify.”

11. In the Value data field, replace the existing path with “%SystemDrive%\Users\NewProfileName,” where “NewProfileName” is the new name you want to give to the user account folder. Click OK.

12. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Upon restarting, Windows should load the user profile correctly without creating a temporary profile.

Step-by-Step Repair Guide

Windows user profile settings

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Click on the Power button.
  3. Select Restart from the options.

Step 2: Log in with Administrator Account

  1. After the computer restarts, select the Administrator account from the login screen.
  2. Enter the Administrator password if prompted.

Step 3: Delete the Temporary Profile

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing Win + E.
  2. Navigate to the C:\Users directory.
    Open File Explorer by pressing Win + E.
Navigate to the C:\Users directory.
  3. Locate and delete the temporary profile folder corresponding to the affected user.

Step 4: Modify Registry Settings

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Win + R, typing regedit, and hitting Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following registry path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.
  3. Look for a key with a .bak extension in the name, followed by a SID (Security Identifier) that corresponds to the affected user.
  4. Delete the key with the .bak extension.
  5. Rename the key without the .bak extension by removing the .bak part from the name.

Step 5: Restart the Computer

  1. Close the Registry Editor.
  2. Click on the Start menu.
  3. Click on the Power button.
  4. Select Restart from the options.

Step 6: Log in with User Account

  1. After the computer restarts, select the user account that had the temporary profile issue from the login screen.
  2. Enter the user account password if prompted.

Conclusion and Further Assistance

In conclusion, fixing a Windows temporary profile issue can be done by following a few simple steps. First, open the Command Prompt (CMD) by typing “cmd” in the Windows search bar. Once CMD opens, type “net user /add [username] [password]” to create a new user account. Next, type “net localgroup administrators [username] /add” to grant administrative privileges to the new account. Restart your computer and log in with the new account. Finally, transfer your files from the old profile to the new one by copying them from the old “C:\Users\[old username]” directory to the new “C:\Users\[new username]” directory.

If you encounter any difficulties or need further assistance, you can refer to Microsoft’s official support page for Windows 10 or reach out to their customer support. Additionally, various tech forums and communities can provide valuable insights and solutions to specific scenarios.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I fix temporary profile issues?

To fix temporary profile issues, you can try restarting your device in safe mode and signing in with your original profile to see if your settings and files are restored. If that doesn’t work, restart your device in normal mode and sign in again with your original profile to check if your settings and files are restored.

Why is my computer creating temp profiles?

Your computer may be creating temp profiles because the Logon Script listed in the Profile path is not found, causing an unresolved issue during login.

How do I remove a temp profile from the registry?

To remove a temp profile from the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList in the file tree on the left. Locate and delete any folders with the “.bak” extension at the end of the name. This should resolve any temporary profile error.

How do I recover files from temporary profile?

To recover files from a temporary profile, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro. Select the “Select Folder” option to locate the lost folder. Utilize the Filter feature to search for specific file types or enter the file name to find a particular file. Finally, preview the recovered folder to ensure successful recovery.

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