While working with Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system over the past few months I have noticed that sometimes when working with multiple profiles that they can sometimes get corrupted. The error I would receive says that “You are logged into a Temporary Profile.” This means that anything that user would do under that profile would get wiped immediately upon logging off. This problem seems to happen more frequently when it is a member of a domain. This will show you how to fix the profile error in Windows 7 without having to simply wipe the profile. This can come in very handy sometimes and has saved me hours of backing up and transferring profile data.
Note – I highly recommend creating a boot or rescue disk before starting any windows 7 technical projects. There are many tools in the market and I use Spotmau BootSuite rescue software and boot disk utility because of it’s versatile features and top notch performance.
Windows 7 – Temporary Profile
Restart your PC to release the locks on your profiles.
Log on with another administrative account.
Delete the following folder: (you could also follow the steps below by simply renaming the bad profile to .bak)
Delete the following folder:
Find the registry key that has the “ProfileImagePath” entry that matches the username of the account.
Make a note of the GUID entry a few lines above, you will need this later. Now delete the entire registry key from the “ProfileList” folder.
Now in the registry, browse one folder above to
Delete the registry key (that matches the GUID you made note of in Step 5) from the folder.
Restart once again and then you’re done!