How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows based OS’s like Windows 10 / 8/ and 7.

How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows based OS’s like Windows 10 / 8/ and 7.

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Sometimes Windows based OS may not read your correct user profile properly; instead it will load with temporary profile which will look like a new user profile. If you are not aware that it is a temporary profile on your Windows based laptop or desktop computer, then you will be surprised to see the brand new desktop without your files, folders, program shortcut icons and any personalized settings. This step by step guide shows you how to fix temporary profile issue on Windows 7.

“You have been logged on with Temporary profile”– that’s the famous message from Windows based OS you would see when you have this issue. This guide has been updated with several other methods, more information, inputs, related links and the experience I had on this same issue in active directory domain and workgroup environment.

Why Windows based OS’s Loads with Temporary Profile?

Obviously, your profile (the files and folders located under C:\Users\user_name) is corrupted. There is another chance which is a delay in reading your profile files due to Antivirus scan or something else during boot up. Usually after typing your username and password Windows tries to read and load your profile, if it gets corrupted or delay in reading, Windows will load with temp profile to give temporary access on computer.

How to Fix Windows 7 Temp Issue on Workgroup and Domain Environment

1) Before do anything, restart the computer 2 or 3 times to see whether it’s going back to your old correct profile. Go to next step if this doesn’t work.

2) Rename the temp profile registry and revert back the old registry settings for the correct profile. This method works most of the time for me in Workgroup and domain environment.

a)      Log in with temp profile.
b)      Start registry editor by typing regedit in find box of Windows 7.
c)      Navigate the following location.

Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7

d)      You will see similar keys under profile list, but one with .bak, as shown below.

Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7

e)      The key with .bak is for the correct old profile. Currently your Windows based computer logged in with fresh (temporary) profile with same key. So, rename the new profile key (which is not having.bak) and remove .bak from correct profile key. See below.

Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7

f)      That’s it. Log off and log in (or restart) with your user name and password. You must get your correct profile with icons and profile settings back in Windows based OS, if you are lucky enough.

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