Fix Error: You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 18, 2014

Some of you may accidentally have an issue that you log into a temporary profile on your computer. This problem usually occurs if user profile of the account is corrupted or deleted from the system. Today, in this tutorial we will in detail show you how to fix the error in Windows 7 and Windows 8.


When the issue happens, you can log off first. If the problem can’t be solved, you can check the event log details for User Profile error.

Open Control Panel, and select the Administrative Tools > Event Viewer, then expand open Windows Logs > Application in the left pane.

event viewer

Right-click and hold on Application in left pane, click on Find, type 1511(for Event ID) , and click Find Next.

Close the Find dialog, and view details.

How to Fix the Error?

Note: If you have another administrator account that can work normally, you can sign out the affected account and sign into the other administrator account.

If you don’t have another administrator account to sign into, you can enable the built-in Administrator account as shown below to sign into.

Search for Command Prompt on Start Menu, and run as Administrator, copy and paste the command below and press Enter.

net user administrator /active:yes

command prompt

Close the elevated command prompt. Now the built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.

Back up anything that you don’t want to lose in the C:\Users\(user-name)profile folder of the affected account to another location. When finished, delete the C:\Users\(user-name) profile folder.

Press Win + R keys to open the Run box. Type regedit and hit Enter key to open Registry Editor.

Navigate to the location below:

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

registry editor

Select SID key (S-1-5-21-3428560386-3965264430-4175690007-1006.bak) in the left pane under ProfileList. If you see the ProfileImagePath value that has the user profile error, right click on it and select Delete.

Click on Yes button to confirm.

When finished, close Registry Editor and restart your PC. If you sign into the use account without getting the You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile error, you can copy any files you want back from the back up that you created before.

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TESTED:  22 Feb