You've been signed in with a temporary profile - Fix

How to Fix "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" Error in Windows 8 and 8.1


This is for when after you sign in to a user account in Windows 8, and notice that a temporary profile has been loaded instead of the profile that corresponds to the current user. Therefore, any changes that you make to the current desktop are lost after you sign out. Additionally, the notification area may display the following error message:

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.

This problem usually occurs if the user profile of the account was accidentally corrupted or deleted from the system.


This tutorial will show you how to fix the "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" error a user may get after signing in to their account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

This will basically delete the user profile of the user account that is getting the "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" error in order to reset and rebuild the user profile to fix this error.

A user profile is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It contains the account's settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows.


How to read event log details for User Profile Service error:

  • Open Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc), then expand open Windows Logs and Application in the left pane.
  • Right click or press and hold on Application in left pane, click on Find, type 1511 (for Event ID), and click/tap on Find Next.
  • Close the Find dialog, and view details. Repeat to view any other listed 1511 Event IDs if needed.

Event_Viewer_User_Profile_Service_Log_Details.jpg

Event_Viewer_User_Profile_Service_Log_General.jpg


EXAMPLE: "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" Notification Message

You've_been_signed_in_with_a_temporary_profile.jpg



Here's How:

1. If you have another administrator account that is not affected by this user profile error, then sign out of the affected account (ex: Brink), and sign in to the other administrator account.

Note   Note
If you do not have another administrator account to sign in to, then you could do one of the following options below to enable the built-in Administrator account to sign in to, and continue on to step 2 below.

A) If the affected account is an administrator, then enable the built-in Administrator account, sign out, and sign in to Administrator.

OR

B) Boot into safe mode, enable the built-in Administrator, sign out, and sign in to Administrator.


2. Press the :winkey: + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

4. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

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


ProfileList_Registry-1.jpg

5. In the left pane under ProfileList, click on a SID key (S-1-5-21....long number). (see screenshot above)
NOTE: Usually, it will be for the SID key that has .bak at the end of the long number.

A) In the right pane of the SID key, look at the ProfileImagePath value to see if it is for the same user account name (ex: Brink) that has the user profile error.

B) If not, then repeat step 6 until your find it, then go to step 7 below.

6. Right click or press and hold on the SID key (ex: ...-1006.bak) found in step 6, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below step 5)

7. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

ProfileList_Registry-2.jpg

8. If there is another SID key (ex: ...-1006 at end) with the exact same long number from step 6 for the same user account (ex: Brink) without .bak at the end of it, then repeat step 7 and 8 above for it as well.

Two_SIDs.jpg

9. When finished, close Registry Editor.

10. See if you are now able to sign in to the user account (ex: Brink) from step 1 without getting the "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" error.



That's it,
Shawn


 

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Brink, you ALWAYS help. Before I try this though, I'm searching for the reason. There is always a reason... For example, my neighbor is running AOL Desktop Gold. Since the last month, it's been crashing when he tries to open emails with attachments and/or he tries to print from anywhere in the app. Turns out it is the latest version of the app doin it. It's not very w7 compatable... So I am prepping to update to 10 over there. It's gonna be fun cos he's got 3 user profiles, and it's a mess. May have to back up his files then install from scratch. I got something similar going on here, just doing due diligence before I perform the fix.
The reasons could vary from mistakenly renaming the profile folder using an incorrect method to profile corruption.

If the profile is good, then using the method in the tutorial to make sure the correct path is used should fix it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
The reasons could vary from mistakenly renaming the profile folder using an incorrect method to profile corruption.

If the profile is good, then using the method in the tutorial to make sure the correct path is used should fix it.
I see... So if the BACKUP profile is not listed as "BAK" in the registry, then the profile might be OK? The first step seems to be for me to open the REG and locate that BAK profile, and for the 1st time, it wasn't there. All of the other times I ran this, the BAK was there.

I don't think it was my profile, I think my profile was a victim here... It seems there was some "Lock" on my system, which was added at the beginning of SFC and then removed at the end. "Lock: Lock removed: WinlogonNotifyLock, level: 8, total lock:6" - That line Bookends the last CBS Log file. I ran an SFC /scannow in the morning, which found a lot of stuff and claimed to have fixed it in the log. Then I ran a DISM restore health command, then another SFC. I ran Three SFCs, two of them found issues, finally the last time, it said it found "no integrity violations", and the system rebooted and logged me in to my progile perfectly. The first 2 times the "lock" was added at the start but not removed at the end. I'll have to keep looking through the Log files. If I have to, I'll use this fix. But I wanted to make sure the Profile was whackadoodle, because I was able to log out of the Temp and log back in to my normal Profile - I had never been able to log into my regular Profile, ever. So I'll keep my eye on it and see if it makes another Temp Profile.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.
I see... So if the BACKUP profile is not listed as "BAK" in the registry, then the profile might be OK? The first step seems to be for me to open the REG and locate that BAK profile, and for the 1st time, it wasn't there. All of the other times I ran this, the BAK was there.

I don't think it was my profile, I think my profile was a victim here... It seems there was some "Lock" on my system, which was added at the beginning of SFC and then removed at the end. "Lock: Lock removed: WinlogonNotifyLock, level: 8, total lock:6" - That line Bookends the last CBS Log file. I ran an SFC /scannow in the morning, which found a lot of stuff and claimed to have fixed it in the log. Then I ran a DISM restore health command, then another SFC. I ran Three SFCs, two of them found issues, finally the last time, it said it found "no integrity violations", and the system rebooted and logged me in to my progile perfectly. The first 2 times the "lock" was added at the start but not removed at the end. I'll have to keep looking through the Log files. If I have to, I'll use this fix. But I wanted to make sure the Profile was whackadoodle, because I was able to log out of the Temp and log back in to my normal Profile - I had never been able to log into my regular Profile, ever. So I'll keep my eye on it and see if it makes another Temp Profile.
The main thing is to make sure the path is correct. You'll know the next time you try to sign in if you get a temp profile again or not.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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