Troubleshooting Windows 10 Temporary Profile Issue

1. Objective


In this article we will see how to fix the temporary profile problem that happen on Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System.

2. Problem Description


  • When a user profile folder was corrupted or deleted for somehow, we will encounter the temporary profile issue when log on to a computer with that user account.
  • A pop up notification appears with the error message of “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.

3. Problem Resolution


To fix this issue we need to delete the user profile from Operating System Registry. First of all, we need to get the SID of the user account that have the issue with the following cmd command.

> wmic useraccount where name='AccountName' get sid

Now let delete the user profile that have problem from the Operating System Registry. Start run, type regedit and press Enter to enter the Registry Edit window.

Navigate to following path.

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

Locate the SID of the affected user account and in the ProfileImagePath entry you will the affected account name. Right click on the profile SID folder and click “Delete”.

Try to login again with affected user account. It should load a local profile instead of a temporary profile, and the temporary profile error message should be there popping up any more.