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How to fix the Temorary Profile Issue in Windows 7

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In the world of computing, after the release of a new operating system (especially from major players in the software sphere), there arises great expectations on performance and usability. However, time has proven that there will definitely be some inherent flaws in such system due to many techincal reasons which i will not want to bore you with in this post. LOLzzz!

There is a common problem with the Windows 7 platform which can become a hazzle to the user. I call it the “Temporary Profile Syndrome”. After logon you get a message that you have been logged into a temporary profile in Windows 7 computer.This is not your correct profile as its evident from the fact that your Desktop and configuration settings are not present. if you work on this profile, all your documents will be lost after a logoff. restart or a shutdown. Oh what a Syndrome! not to worry though there’s a simple solution. Find below the steps to resolution.

1) Log into the Profile from which you were promted with the Temporary Profile.

2) Start registry editor by typing regedit in find box in Windows 7.

3) Navigate the following location within the Windows 7 Registry “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList“.(do not do any other thing aside what i discribe, as this may make your computer further unstable. Registry modifications should be done by experts)

5) You can see similar keys under profile list with .bak difference.

(image above obtained from http://www.sysprobs.com)

6) If you have duplicate Keys(one with .bak and the other without .bak), delete the one without .bak and rename the one with the .bak by removing the .bak part of the name.

(image above obtained from http://www.sysprobs.com)

7) Log off and log back in and whao! the issue is resolved.

I do hope this is helpful as we strive to bring you with cutting edge How-Tos

  1. Kim
    December 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    OK, I followed your instructions. The problem is worse! Prior to doing your fix, I could at least get my correct profile by logging on a second time right after getting the “you have been logged on with a temporary profile.” Now I only get the temporary profile and I no longer even get the message “you have been logged on with a temporary profile.” What do you suggest?

    • December 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm


      Kim, The solution works quite well and i’ve used it many times over to resolve the experienced by end users. What could ne done is this. check C:\Users, for the temporary profile you’ll see a folder called “Temp” ( this will be the profile you are currently logged on) along with a folder names as your username, delete the “Temp” folder then Follow the steps again to the letter. this should work. if this does not please do a screenshort of the sections of the registry and send it to oluwafemi.akinfe@gmail.com. i’ll be glad to look at it and reply.


  2. Kim
    December 4, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Thanks for responding. I already contacted MS and they were able to fix the problem–they found my data, backed it up, and then deleted all of the users and then created a brand new user and then restored my data to the new user. They said it is a common problem with Windows 7 usually resulting from Google Tool Bars. They said it could happen again! Makes me wonder if I should upgrade to Windows 8!

    • December 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Lol. Congratulaions! Their fix is the conventional one but it works never the less. It really is a common problem with the Window 7 OS, but i tell you in my opinion Windows 7 is the best OS MS released after the old rugged Windows XP(windows vista sucks). I will advice that you check out Windows 8 reviews before ugrading. Its better to stay between early and late adpoters of technology than to be at either extremes( talking from an Enterprise point of view). Lol. Do have a nice day.

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