How to solve 'You have been logged on with a temporary profile error' in Windows?

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I’ve encountered a problem in one server, which is : Every time I login into the server, it creates a new temporary user profile for my account.

Here is the error message:

You have been logged on with a temporary profile. You cannot access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you log off. To fix this, log off and try logging on later. Please see the event log for details or contact your system administrator.

You can check the registry to see if the account have a or several temporary profiles with the following path.

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

By check the profiles list, you may find there are two profiles using similar names.

For example, a profile called “S-1-5-82” and another profile called “S-1-5-82.bak”.

If you check further, you will find the .bak profile’s “ProfileImagePath” value is your account, and the currently used profile’s “ProfileImagePath” is a temporary profile you’re using right now.

To solve this problem, you can just rename the profile “S-1-5-82” to “S-1-5-82.tmp”, and revert “S-1-5-82.bak” to “S-1-5-82”.

In this way, the correct profile is used.

Then restart the server, and the problem should be fixed.


SUN Jiangong

SUN Jiangong

A senior .NET engineer, software craftsman. Passionate about new technologies.