How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7


How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7

For windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista


I recently noticed that some of my desktop icons & files are disappeared, even I tried to create a new folder and restart the computer, it is also not there after restart, there might be it was deleted automatically. I search about this issue in internet and got the causes that ” my user profile has got corrupted. Please help me to solve it.

Solved Answer

Yes, your research goes to in a right way, this is the problem started because your user profiles has been corrupted, you have to repair it. Below we provides you a step-by-step guide to solve that issue, please follow the article instructions to solve this issue completely.

Method 1

1. Rename the temporary profile from registry

  • Start your computer and login with temp profile
  • Click on START and then type RUN in search box and then click on RUN from found results, then you will get a RUN BOX.
  • Type a command in run box “regedit” and hit enter or click on OK, then you will appear a registry edition
  • Please locate the following  path in registry editor and rename two keys (as per shown below screenshot)

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  • You will get the similar keys under “profile list”, however one key may shows as end with “.bak”
  • “.bak” is a your original profile Example: “SID-1213428093-345618312-2235-148770.bak”
  • “Without .Bakis a your current temp profile (which currently logged on with this profile) Example:“SID-1213428093-345618312-2235-148770″
  • You have to Rename both entries
  • Rename the key “Without .Bak“, rename it and put “.temp” in the end
  • Rename the key with “.Bak“,  rename it and remove “.bak” from the end

How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7 3

  • That’s it, Now click on start and click on log off
  • After log off, restart the computer once.
  • After restart it will automatically get your old (original) profile

If the problem still persist then you have to run the check disk go to method 2.

Method 2

  • Open my computer
  • Right click on C drive (where is installed the windows), and then click on properties
  • Then a properties page will be appeared and please click on the tool tab
  • Then you will get a button “check now”, Please click on that then a another popup will be appeared
  • In this popup please tick all two boxes and click on start
  • it will take time to finish and it might be create a scheduled to run this check disk in a next startup, then so please restart your computer (as per shown below screenshot)

How to Fix Temporary Profile in Windows 7 (2)

That’s it, Now restart your computer..Issue must be solved, you can able to login your profile.



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  1. Rakesh says

    If nothing works then the only solution is to create a new profile and transfer the data from C:\Users\”Old Profile’ like Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Favourites, Downloads, Pst Files etc. That’s the only solution In case the above methods fail.

    1. Techexpert says

      Thank you for sharing the alternate solution.

  2. Crazy Daizy says

    I did only method 2 as it seemed much easier and it worked perfect. Everything is back to normal. Thank you very much.

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re Welcome!!

  3. Giorgio Carosi says

    The first method works! Thank you

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re most welcome!!

  4. Cyrus says

    i used method 1
    it worked
    thank you so much

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re most welcome. Thank you for your compliment.

  5. Rico says

    What to do if the profile that is loading as a temporary profile does not create a registry entry. Example I go in to the Profile List and I can see all of the other users that have logged in except for the user that is generating a temporary profile. Any suggestions?

  6. Zak says

    Im getting _classes instead of .bak but i have 2 _classes and 2 without anything on the end plz help

    1. Techexpert says

      Yes, you can treat “_classes” as “.bak”. Rest of the process is the same.

  7. Collins says

    Wow! The instruction was magical. I followed it religiously and it has fixed the error. Thanks so much

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re most welcome!!

  8. jipee says

    Why not just delete the entry??

    1. Techexpert says

      Which entry are you talking about, please explain it in detail so that we can give you exact answer.

  9. suraj vishwakarma says

    Thanks for helping my problem is solved

  10. Nivekeke says

    hi i have the same issue but i cannot find any SID with .bak or .temp registered in registry. it seems that the domain account i’m trying to log in is not registering in registry after logging off and logging in the administrator profile. can you help me please??

  11. BST says

    Thank you!

  12. pat says

    millions $ worthy and my issue solved

    Super thnks and malo aupito

    1. Techexpert says


  13. pat says

    very useful and issue solved thanks so much


  14. lijeesh says

    super issue resolved.thanks

  15. William says

    Many thanks!

  16. Y dont need it says

    OMG !!! Thank you so muuuch maan <3333

    1. Y dont need it says

      delete that comment pls

  17. Divya says

    Thank you so much…so relieved right now…method 2 worked for me… 🙂

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re welcome!!

  18. Nilesh Pawar says

    cannot rename registry

    1. Techexpert says

      If you have done exactly as we have given above then maybe your backup profile is also got corrupted. We request you please make a new user profile and move all the data.

    2. vicki says

      try running as administrator

  19. amir says

    u cant imagine how happy i am

  20. Aryan says

    None of the two helped me. plz help

  21. Carl says

    Method 1 worked perfectly thanks a lot!

  22. shahab, Iran says

    now I test the method 2 🙂

  23. Captain says

    Fantastic, worked 1st time editing registry

  24. sanjay says

    weldone boss

  25. ola says

    i followed the steps and it worked for me

    1. Techexpert says


  26. Ayoob Hassan says

    Thank you so much method 2 worked for me

  27. Mohammed Yahiya says

    perfect…………its work for me. lucky……….

  28. Thuan says

    Method 1 is perfect. thank you

    1. Techexpert says

      You’re welcome!!

  29. Ghifara Prayudha says

    Second method work perfectly for me. I can’t thank you enough.

  30. manny says

    thank you so much! I followed step 1 after trying a couple other procedures on other websites and worked instantly!! I had been trying to fix this for the last 2 days and it was driving me absolutely insane!!

  31. conkelldurr says

    first of all I have windows 10 and I tried the second method and when I click check now or check then it shows that u have restart and repair and when I do this and again I come back it again shows the same thing
    I request anyone to please help me ..

  32. Alberto says

    Works great! thank you!

  33. gaman pathak says

    My Elder Brother Followed your instruction after my Administration Account cant work permit at windows 64 Bit Operating System and Now i should not work at my PC in Administration Account because it cant be opened while i was work for PC it look like easy work but still it do not working.
    so please Help me to open my Administration Account .while i format PC.
    Keep me inform Fastly.
    How do i open and work permit to open Administration Account >tell me?

  34. Meftah Abdelhedi says

    This is how to resolve the issue if you have more users on the machine:
    • Go to
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

    • How find the user SID ?
    On Cmd
    Run : wmic useraccount where name=’username’ get sid
    • Delete the Key contain the user SID
    • Remove the user profile from : Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System\Advanced system settings
    • Restart the PC and Ask the User to connect
    • Resolved

    1. david stevens says

      I cant seem to find the right syntax for wmic.
      Please would you give an example.
      When I type in wmic myusername get sid the response is Alisas not found

      1. Techexpert says

        For what purpose you want to run this command? Please let us know then we can give you answer.

      2. MEFTAH ABDELHEDI says

        this is the syntaxe
        wmic useraccount where name=’enter username’ get sid

  35. hosting games hosting says

    that happened to me but i logged on and off and it worked

  36. Ron says

    I’ve seen this happen over and over again, is there any way to find out what is causing the profiles to get into this state?

  37. BAB says

    Hi All,

    I face same issue, try to fix with mentioned method but no luck,
    Its creating new profiles after renaming.

    Good luck for whom it works fine.

  38. K_Rose says

    Did not work for me.

  39. devang says

    its not work….i’m sad today…

  40. NOT says

    its not work….i’m sad today…

    1. rj says

      its not working for me also. i tried both methods

  41. anonymous says

    Number 1 worked for me first try. THANKS.

  42. just me says

    Its work…good job. Thank you.

  43. Atul says

    This worked first time after the fix , back to temp profile.

    Also did chkdsk

  44. Muthukumar says

    k thanks boss

  45. tj says

    It did not work. did 1 then 2 but still no luck. When i looked in the registry i noticed that the key had been renamed with .bak and another temporary profile was created.

    1. AciD says

      Same thing happened to me today. I even deleted both reg keys and the user folder. It will not allow me to rebuild the account. It keeps opening a temp account and recreates the keys.

    2. shane says

      you fix it in the end? Mine is doing the same thing.

      1. Ben says

        The best way I have found to fix this issue if these don’t work is to go to system restore (as this normally happens right after an update). There is generally a system restore point that is generated right before any system update so that if something like this happens you’ll have a quick an easy way to reset your computer.

  46. hassan says

    Really work well….thanks

  47. Randy DeBoer says

    Method 2 with a reboot worked GREAT!!
    Thank you!

  48. alijani says

    thanks for your helpful COMMENT(about SOLVING temporary profile),also the method no 2 did not work well .

  49. Mmelz says

    hi could some one please help me. i have the same problem were i keep getting logged into a temporary profile. i tried to rename the temp and original file from the registry but when i restart and log back on it seems to keep creating a new temp profile. ive also tried option 2 and it did’nt help…..

  50. LFrye says

    This didn’t work for me. But I searched some more and found the one that did. It is almost the same as this thread, but it had me delete the .bak and temp registry in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

  51. Techy says

    Thanks so much.
    Step 1 fixed it ! You are the man

  52. Nishat says

    Working as previous…. Thanks a lot…. no other world to say you….


  53. Mike says

    @Babylyn – sounds like you are not editing registry with an administrator account. Log into an admin account and then do the same.

  54. zerotwo says

    many suggests that 1st method on google but I cant find HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT

    my laptop is dell well its not mine but my turned into classic windows i cant change it into new one .its there but not access i cant even unmute the volume .all movies drama photos were all gone i need to fix this today or im dead

    1. Vach says

      The directory is in the regedit program, just so you know

      and make sure you are running windows 7

  55. Babylyn says

    I cannot rename the temporary profile. I cannot put the .temp. I am getting an error message. “The Registry Editor cannot rename S-1-5-21-617413337-4022176158-1001. Error while renaming the key.” 🙁

  56. dave bushell says

    If I restore my profile will all my emails and messages be there

  57. Phil says

    Worked like a charm, thanks alot for the tip. Keep it up!

  58. Onakunle says

    I did the steps but forgot to log off before restarting, After restarting I couldnot login again. Pls Help

  59. tnd says

    Instead of “bak” mine has “classes”.Help plz

  60. dots says

    We have many Users on our RD and backup and restoring every single Profile would take a lot of time. I tried to only delete the Profiles from the Users who have this Problemc (Folders and Registry keys). 2 of 3 havent any failure now. But the last one is always loaded as Temp-Profile and with every login a new Temp Folder under c:\users\%username% is generated. Does anyone have a Tip how to fix this? Or is the Only real Solution to delete everything insted the local Admin Profile? Thanks!

  61. SwiffTee says

    Ok, people, follow Arsalan’s suggestion up there: “login as local administrator. Delete all profiles in the above mention path except the one showing profileimagepath data as ” c:\users\administrator”. Delete all profiles from C:\Users except administrator profile. log off then login again. Issue will be resolved.” I tried all the steps listed above the comments to no avail, CHKDSK, everything. I am in a domain environment as well, so I tried taking it off the domain and re-joining which only cause more problems. Go to the path, find the profiles that are not needed, as you select each on the left, in the right pane about halfway down you can see the ProfileImagePath (ie c:\users\userone), right click the unnecessary profile entries, delete. Logoff, log back on. Boom! Pow! KaPow! SHOULD work…..

  62. yeyi says

    step 1 didint work for me and in step 2 im having problems. When i click on “check now” it just says that it will schedule it and when i restart the computer it says the same thing. Basically i cant run the check now, Someone please help me, im in a hurry

  63. dani says

    It didnt work for me, i did step 1,2 but nothing happened,when i did step 3 the windows poped up said: the system is currenly in use wll you check later? (sort of) what should I do??anyone can tell me?help me
    Thank you somuch.. Im happy i find this site..

  64. Rijesh says

    Hi All, Log into ADS server . go to Active directory users and groups – > right click on specific user – > go to profile tab – > ensure Local Path is checked. This works for me. .

  65. Lona says

    i have had this happen now twice, while i was using the temporary profile i did some downloading (my files go to downloads) when i go to ‘show downloads’ my files show up and even play, but when i try to locate the files and ‘open containing folder’ the downloads folder is empty?? where are my files then???

  66. Erik says

    Worked just great, but the machine is very sluggish, slow to open any program or directory. I am going to also run the scan for bad sectors just in case. Thanks so much for this post. It saved a great deal of time rebuilding the profile from scratch, which is what I have had to do in the past.

  67. Amir says

    I tried evry method but didn’t help so help me…

  68. neng says

    its have 3 found three similar key…without bak, wiyh bak and temp..which one should 1 rename?

  69. neng says

    its didnt bring me to stright to HLKM…

  70. neng says my registry dont have profilelist..what should i do??

  71. Joe says

    I’m having a similar issue but concerned about deleting the profiles as suggested. I’m setting up a new computer and after doing some of the set up changed one profile name from my name to Admin. After going that, I received the temp profile message on my account. I tried the registry edit but that made the other profiles disappear so I changed it back. How can I get my profile back?

  72. mukesh says’s working.

  73. Meti says

    It works ….fantastic!!!! Thank you so much

  74. Ashish Patel says

    Its work, Thank You very much.

  75. Arsalan says

    login as local administrator. Delete all profiles in the above mention path except the one showing profileimagepath data as ” c:\users\administrator”. Delete all profiles from C:\Users except administrator profile. log off then login again. Issue will be resolved.

    1. SwiffTee says

      This is the ONLY thing that worked for me in this situation. I tried everything else, so finally I decided to just delete and move forward, and so far so good! I only deleted the unnecessary profiles and left the Local Admin profile, and it worked. Thanks Arsalan!

    2. Klak says

      How do I find these paths

  76. Markus says

    i followed the instructions of method one, just that i didn’t put “.temp” but “.bak”. so just swapped.. no on restarting the laptop it won’t let me log in. entering the regedit by the win cmd i cannot change back because the profiles wont apear in profielist.
    any ideas!? please help!!!

    1. Nilesh Pawar says

      Same is here…

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