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

    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
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    11 Jan 2014
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    How to Fix "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" Error in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    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.

    Note   Note
    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.


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

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    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 + 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


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    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)

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    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.

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    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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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Thank's Sean (Shawn?) you saved my life AGAIN - Happened to my Main PC this time

    I had forgotten about deleting that Reg Entry, I didn't lose much though.

    My Boot Drive had developed errors and was reading very s l o o w, I ran a CHKDSK from a Windows 8 install DVD, it found mega errors, after that it came up Temp Profile.

    This time, I just logged in as Admin/Safe, made a new User, switched to Admin, then moved all my User files from Old user to New user, then re-assigned the new user to my MS account. Took 20 minutes to boot originally, but it worked.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome Jon. I'm glad it could help.
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    windows 8


    hello guys, i have a problem... i can't delete my the C:\Users\(user-name)folder because i need a promission from administrator!? What should i do?

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    Hello Mardiv, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You will need to be signed in to an administrator account before you will be able to delete the user folder.
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    Win 8.1 pro


    I've got the same problem as Mardiv even though I enabled & subsequently logged into the built-in Adminstrator account. The c:\users\(user-name)\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\libraries folder seems to be protected. It appears to have deleted everything except that folder (and all it's parents). Any ideas? Thanks!
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    Hello Ed, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See if you may be able to take ownership of the folder and it's contents, set permissions to allow you "full control", then hopefully be able to delete it.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    windows 8.1 pro


    nothing i do will delete that libraries folder.... if i do it using a linux live cd, it will be gone, but will it be a problem if i am to continue the procedure ??
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    Hello Poppyking,

    Are you signed in to an administrator account?

    If so, are you able to open the Libraries folder, approve, then delete the individual library folders?

    It won't hurt anything to delete the Libraries folder since the user profile will be recreated at the end.
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    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1 pro


    Thanks alot Brink, am now copying my files back where they belong
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