Windows 10 – You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile

If you are getting the notification You've been signed in with a temporary profile notification below while signing in to your Windows 10 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.

Windows 10 stores all user preferences and settings in a user profile. The user profile is a folder located in C:\Users\<user name>. It includes all account settings like selected desktop background, screen saver, File Explorer options and many other options.

When the user profile is corrupted, Windows 10 displays a notification like this:

Windows 10 can't sign in Windows 10 temp profile notification

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.

Here is how to fix this issue.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click. Windows 10 profilelist

  3. In the left pane, find the SID key with the .bak portion at the end as shown below: Windows 10 sid with bak extension
    This key is related to the corrupted profile which Windows 10 is unable to load.
  4. Look at the value data for the ProfileImagePath parameter on the right. It contains the full path to the profile where the operating system is trying to find it.
  5. Now, open the folder C:\Users and see if the value data of the ProfileImagePath parameter contains the correct path to the user profile. Windows 10 user folders

The profile folder path is not correct

If the profile folder path is not correct like in the screenshot above, you just need to correct it. In my case, the ProfileImagePath points to C:\Users\winaero_local. This path is wrong. The correct path is C:\Users\winaero, so I need to correct it. Here is how it should be done.

  1. Delete the SID subkey which identifies the temporary profile for your user account. It has the same subkey name like the one with the .bak extension. Windows 10 delete temp subkey
  2. Rename the SID key with the .bak portion. You need to remove the .bak extension. Windows 10 rename subkey remove bak
  3. Now, correct the path to the profile folder in the ProfileImagePath parameter. Set it to the correct path to your user profile you found in the Users folder. Windows 10 correct profile path
  4. Restart Windows 10.

The profile folder path is correct

When the profile folder path is correct in Registry, this indicates that the profile files are corrupted and can't be used any more. In this case, you need to reset and rebuild the profile to fix this error.

Delete the SID subkey without .bak at the end. After that, delete the SID subkey with the .bak portion in the name and then restart your PC. After reboot, Windows 10 will re-create the profile folder related to your user account. You will need to set up from scratch. Windows 10 delete temp subkey That's it.

37 thoughts on “Windows 10 – You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile

  1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

    English is something hard for me :)
    Thanks, will correct the tag.

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    1. Diana

      Thank you!! This has been driving me crazy. I followed your instructions and it worked! Your instructions are very detailed so even a techno-challanged person like me can follow them and make it work. Thanks again!

      Reply
  2. Bug

    Где картинки?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      теперь на месте.

      Reply
  3. Trm

    All of the Picture links are missing.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Press Ctrl+F5 in your browser.

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      1. Trm

        Thanks for the quick reply

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Don’t mention it.

          Reply
  4. Bob

    How to save data from my earlier profile?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      If the registry file is corrupter (ntuser.dat.*), it is not possible.
      Otherwise, you can login as Administrator or some other user and mount it from your %userprofile% folder.
      You will be able to extract app settings and tweaks from the mounted hive.

      Reply
  5. anonymous

    Thanks, it works!

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  6. David

    sorry im a newbie, my user was corrupted based on your description. is my data from my old user will be deleted also?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      the old user folder remains unchanged.

      Reply
  7. john

    so if i delete both SIDs then will my data from my disk before what ever caused this will be untouched?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Your data will remain untouched

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    2. mohamed

      please i need help i lost all my apps and my computer chenged to temp user i also deleted the sid is not helping me can you tell me what do please

      Reply
  8. OUiska

    Hi! This worked for me. I had to delete both SIDs because the path was correct. I just needed to transfer the desktop / my docs files from Windows User to the new Windows User.** folder and recreate the profile settings I previously had. I just like to know what can be the causes of the profile being corrupted. Is it a virus? ‘Coz someone used the pc yesterday and had an external drive plugged in. I’m suspecting his drive has a virus and affected mine. Can you confirm if it’s from a virus or it is a bug by Windows 10?

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    1. OUiska

      Oh and btw, thank you so much for this helpful guide!

      Reply
  9. Steve

    Yikes! I googled to look up the registry key as I’ve had to do this many times over my career and I saw that you said to delete both keys when the path is correct.. I typically rename the current key to .old and than remove the .bak and reboot and the profile comes up as if nothing has ever happened.

    Saves me a ton of work by not having to re-setup profiles from scratch.

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  10. Sean

    Ask your netadmin to push a password reset for the users experiencing the issue before trying any of the regedit solutions, this worked for me in all instances.

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  11. Jacob

    I messed up, now it says disk error. Press Ctrl alt del to restart and now it’s in a loop doing

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  12. Kaylee

    I tried the .bak fix but on reboot it still logs me back into a temporary profile, any other ideas?

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  13. Jacob

    there isn’t a .bak file in the profile list

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  14. Daniel Vasington

    Thanks for the nice advise. I have tried this but seems that the profile is correct when checking. I do a restart though it seems to loop in the same manner as before. I delete all the the other profiles that have been created but doesn’t seem to work.

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  15. Yulaika

    I did everything as instructed but every time I restart , it doesn’t work. When I go back and check, I still have the a.bak. I have no idea what else to do. Please help.

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  16. Revs

    Thank you so much! I was looking for ways to fix this problem and this is the first site I opened and it worked on my PC.

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  17. Isaac

    Thanks guys, this worked for me -:)

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  18. Shevanka

    Hi!! Thankyou so much for your post I was really annoyed with this temporary account. Now I restarted and there is no popup saying Iam using a temporary account BUT ALL MY FILE ARE IN THE OLD PROFILE SHOULD I TRANFER THEM TO MY NEW PROFILE OR I IS THERE A SHORTCUT?

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  19. Deep Jain

    How can I create a temporary user for windows 10?

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  20. WindowCleaner

    hi winaero, i did the steps (corrupted user) and im still signed in to a temp profile. wat do!!!!!???

    -windowcleaner

    Reply
  21. barry stabeck

    thank you very much, it fixed my regiistry. Been frustrated for months :)

    Reply
  22. Mansi

    My profile folder path is correct but the sid key which is without extension is not deleted.
    Now what can I do?
    Really need to know!!

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  23. chandiga majidi

    I need job but I fogoten my papers

    Reply
  24. Lucas

    Hello, sir. I went on to the ProfileImagePath and it had a correct path. You say that when this happens, my files cannot be recovered. However, when I go into my old file at c:\Users, I can access my old files, which means they’re not corrupted. Can you help me? Thank you.

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  25. Mark K

    I went into the ProfileimagePath and the system had changed it to C:\Users\Temp. The system did this when updating with KB4494441 update. It did have the .bak file just below it. The .bak file had the correct path. I followed your instructions to delete the bad file and rename the .bak file. My system is back to normal now. Thank you very much. Unfortunately it took hours of research to find the correct fix. Thanks again.

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  26. Mansoor

    It worked perfectly on my dell latitude e5430 window 10 laptop

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  27. Dave

    I followed all the steps and restart the computer but it I am still stuck in the tempory profile. Although when I check ProfileImagePath , it showed the correct path to my old profile but I cannot login to the profile again. Someone please help me. This is really frustrating with all my files gone in the old profile.

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