How to fix temporary profile in Windows 7?

By Eunice Samson | March 30, 2018 |

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Have you experienced logging into your user profile on Windows 7 and not seeing your personalized settings? It seemed as if someone set your customized desktop back to its default state. There are many cases like this wherein the operating system fails to properly read the right user profile. If this happened to you, your computer may have loaded a temporary profile which looks like a newly created one in default settings.

You’d probably see a message on the right side of the taskbar saying, “You have been logged on with Temporary profile.” Don’t worry because this does not necessarily mean that you’ve lost all your files, programs, and personalized settings. In this article, we will teach you how to fix temporary profile in Windows 7.

Why does Windows 7 Load a Temporary Profile

There are many reasons why this happens, but mainly, it is the result of corrupted profile files and folders. On the other hand, certain anti-virus programs or operations can be delaying the loading of the profile. As such, Windows loads a temporary profile to give the user access to the system. Once the temporary profile loads, it will become the default boot setting for the computer. This means that whenever you start your unit, you will only be able to log into the temporary profile. If you want to retrieve your personalized settings, finding the temporary profile fix on Microsoft Windows 7 is the ideal course of action.

How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7

In some cases, it helps to try restarting the computer. It is possible for Windows to boot in your old profile. However, if this does not resolve the issue, you can follow the instructions below to get rid of the problem.

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  1. Boot your computer and log into the temporary profile.
  2. Click the Start button.
  3. Launch the registry editor by typing “regedit” (no quotes) in the Search box.
  4. Right-click regedit, then select Run as Administrator.
  5. Navigate to this path:

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

  1. You should be able to see the list of profile names.
  2. Find the two profiles with the same name. One of those should end with .bak.
  3. Note that the key with .bak at the end is your correct, personalized profile. You are currently logged into a new profile with the same key. As such, you have to rename the two files. Add “_new” (no quotes) at the end of the key for the temporary profile. After that, remove the .bak from the correct profile key.
  4. Once you’ve completed the previous step, you can now log off from the temporary profile.
  5. Restart your computer and log in to your correct profile.


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Another Temporary Profile Fix on Microsoft Windows 7

If you’ve tried the method we shared and yet your Windows 7 computer still loads a temporary profile, this means that your user profile is corrupted. Your unit might be creating a new .bak registry key, preventing the operating system from reading your user profile properly. The possible solution for this is repairing the files by running Check Disk. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+R.
  2. Type “chkdsk /f /r C:” (no quotes). Note: “C:” represents the drive where your user profile files are saved.
  3. Wait while the program is scanning and repairing the corrupted system files.

If Check Disk is able to find and fix the affected files, especially the Ntuser files, you have a good chance of getting your old profile back. Otherwise, you would have to resort to the next method.

Creating a New User Account

In this method, you have to create a new user account, log into it, and then move the data from your old user profile to the new one. In a workgroup environment, you would only have to locally create a new user name. It goes without saying that it is easier to follow the steps for this scenario.

On the other hand, it can get a bit tricky when you create a new profile in a domain environment. This is because the old profile already exists on the domain server and there’s nothing wrong with it. Aside from that, creating a new domain profile might cause problems on shared permissions, corporate emails, and domain group memberships. As such, we’re going to discuss the cases separately.

Creating a New Profile in a Workgroup Environment

  1. Go to the Control Panel or Computer Management and create a new user profile. Do not forget to add the new profile to the Administrators Group.
  2. Log into the new profile and copy your data from your old profile. Typically, all you need is the following:
  3. My Documents
  4. Desktop
  5. Favorites
  6. Outlook PST files
  7. Outlook archive files
  8. Outlook Signature folder

Creating a New Profile in a Domain Environment

  1. Create a new profile through the Control Panel or Computer Management.
  2. Log into the new profile, and then transfer the necessary data from your old profile to a new location. Make sure that you’ve copied all the files and folders because you’re going to delete your old account.
  3. In Control Panel, click System.
  4. Select Advanced System Settings under the left-bar menu.
  5. Once the System Properties window is open, click the Settings button under the User Profiles section.
  6. Select the corrupted user profile, and then click the Delete button. This should remove the data from your old profile, including the problematic registry keys.
  7. Make sure that the old account has been properly removed by checking the C:\Users folder.
  8. Restart your computer, then log in with the same user name (the one not loading earlier).
  9. Your system will create a new user profile. Move your old data to this profile.

Fixing this issue may get a bit tricky, but the first method has been proven to work in most cases.

If you have other suggestions on easily fixing the temporary profile in Windows 7, let us know in the comments below!

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