temporary profileHave you just logged into your PC and received the following notification: “You’ve been signed in with a temporary profile”? This message can be a little disconcerting, as you may have noticed that all your shortcuts, documents and files are missing. However, do not fret because with a few simple steps, we can fix your user profile and get everything back.

Please follow the steps below to create a new administrator user:
  • Click on the Start button on the bottom-left of your screen
  • Type in: control panel
  • Press on Control Panel
  • Click on User Accounts
  • Select Manager another account and click on Add a user account
  • Enter a Username and Password and then press Next
  • Once the user has been added, select the user and press Change the account type
  • Select Administrator then press Change the account type
  • Log out of the temporary profile and log in with the newly created user
Use these steps below to repair the corrupt user temporary profile:
  • Once logged in with the newly created user, press on the Start button and type in: regedit
  • Click and open regedit
  • Then navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  • Locate the entry with the extension .bak (this is your working profile)






  • Right-click duplicate entry, without the .bak and press Delete
  • This would have deleted the corrupt profile












  • Right-click on the entry with the .bak extension and click on Rename
  • Remove the .bak extension
  • Lastly, restart your computer and try to log back into your normal user profile. Everything should be back to how it was.