Fix “You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile” Error in Windows 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 3, 2014

There may be various issues you may come around when logging in Windows 8. Chances could be that a notification pops up in the right bottom corner of the taskbar, saying “You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile”. This message would appear when your current profile is accidentally corrupted or deleted. If you keep on working on the temporary profile, your work such as created file or document will be lost once you signed out. In this post, we’ll outline detailed guide to solve the problem. Keep reading.

How to Fix “You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile” Error

Note: You need to sign in an account with administrator privileges for changes will be done to your Registry entries. Besides, you had better back up important data you saved in the temporary profile.

Step one- Press Windows key and R key together, and type “regedit”. Then press Enter.
Step two- Navigate to the following location.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Step three- Expand subkey ProfileList, and click on a SID key (often has .bak at the end of its long number) in the left pane.
Step four- Find a value named ProfileImagePath, see if it is for the same user account name (ex: Test) that has the user profile error.
Step five- Right click on the SID key found in the above step, and select Delete.
Step six- Click Yes in the pop-up confirm message window.
Step seven- Find and delete any other SID key that contains a long number at the end same as that in .bak key.
Now you can close the Registry Editor and check whether you can sign into the user account (ex: Test) without getting “You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile” error. Then you can move back your back-up data. If you have any question, please leave a comment below.

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TESTED:  25 Jun