Troubleshooting the message: We cannot sign in to your account, you’ve been logged in with a temporary profile

You start your computer and enter your password on the login screen (also called the login screen or the welcome screen). After Windows logs in and the desktop loads, you’ll notice that a brand new desktop has been started, the same one you get after you create a new profile or reinstall Windows. You cannot see your programs and icons on the desktop, taskbar, and Start menu.

You will also receive the following error message:

We can’t log in to your account.

You can often solve this problem by logging out of your account and logging in again. If you don’t log out now, any files you have created or modified will be lost.

When you click the “Logout” button, Windows logs out and reloads the login screen. You re-enter your user account password, Windows loads the desktop, and displays the above error message again. This cycle continues, and you still encounter an annoying dialog box when you try to log in.

When you click the “Close” button, Windows continues to run and displays the following notification:

You are logged in with a temporary profile.

You cannot access your files and the files created in this profile will be deleted when you log out. To resolve this issue, log out and try logging in later. For more information, see the event log or contact your system administrator.

This means that anything you create, save, or edit will be immediately deleted when you log out or turn off your computer. Windows makes all changes temporary and automatically deletes all changes when the user logs out.

This means that you can no longer log in to your old account without any problems. Windows creates a temporary profile for you and does not save any changes or documents.

 

Why am I logged in with a temporary profile?

Why am I logged in with a temporary profile?

If you get a message that you are logged in with a temporary profile, your login method will be the same. Many users may use the PIN method of logging in instead of a password, which results in a temporary error message on file. So change your login method to allow this error message.

You have logged into a temporary profile The Windows 10 error can be easily resolved by applying the solutions below. Be careful to follow the steps of each patch.

 

How do I fix a temporary profile error in Windows 10?

How do I fix a temporary profile error in Windows 10?

Perform SFC and DISM scans
  1. Press Windows + X to open the Win + X menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  2. When the prompt starts, type SFC / scan now and press Enter to run it. The SFC scan will now begin. The scan may take about 15 minutes, so do not interrupt it.

After the scan is complete, restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved. If you cannot run an SFC scan, or if the SFC scan does not solve the problem, you also need to run a DISM scan.

This can be done by running the command prompt as administrator and running the command DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / restore health. The scan may take about 20 minutes, so please be patient.

You can run another SFC scan if you wish, just to be sure. After running both scans, restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved.

Log in with your password instead of your PIN
  1. Open the Settings app and go to Accounts.
  2. Select your login options. In the right pane, go to the PIN section and click Delete.
  3. Enter your account password and click OK.

If you keep getting the “You are logged in with a temporary profile” message, the problem may be related to your login method. Many users use a PIN to log into Windows, but this can cause some problems.

However, you can solve the problem by disabling PIN authentication. Once this is done, the PIN login is disabled and the temporary profile problems should be resolved.

Deleting the profile from the registry
  1. Logon to the computer as another administrator
  2. Move the folder containing the faulty user profile from C: users to c: Backup.
  3. Open the registry editor and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList
  4. Find the folder where ProfileImagePath points to c: users. This usually ends in “.back”. Delete the entire folder.
  5. Reboot your computer and log in with the appropriate user profile.

You can also solve the problem by making a few small changes to the registry. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Run the command prompt as administrator and run the whoami /user command.
  2. Make a note of the SID, as you’ll need it for the next steps.
  3. Start the registry editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList.
  4. Find the key with the same name as your MIP from step 1.
  5. If there are two keys with the same name, but one of them has a .bak extension, delete the key without the .bak extension.
  6. If there is only one key with the .bak extension, rename it and remove the .bak from its name.
  7. If your key does not have a .bak extension, just go to the next step.
  8. Select the right key and find the ProfileImagePath value in the right pane.
  9. Double-click it to check the properties and make sure the value is correct.
  10. If the value is not C: Usersyour_username, you will need to change it accordingly.
  11. Now double-click on the “Status” entry and set its value to 0.

Sometimes this problem may be caused by problems with the registry. After making these changes, check to see if the problem exists.

Updated Location
  1. Go to this PC -> right-click “Documents”.
  2. Click on “Properties” -> select the “Location” tab.
  3. Click on “Find Destination.
  4. Find the directory where your files are located and click on it once.
  5. At the top of the file explorer, click to the right of the directory list.
  6. Text appears indicating the location of the C: User (YourUser)Documents folder.
  7. Copy the text from this location C: User (YourUser)documents -> close file explorer.
  8. Paste the location text in the box just above the buttons -> click Apply.
  9. Restart your computer.
Refresh your system
  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Updates and security” section.
  3. Now click the “Check for updates” button.

If you keep getting a message that you’re logged in with a temporary profile, you may be able to fix the problem by simply installing the latest updates.

Windows will now check for available updates and download them in the background. After downloading the updates, restart your computer to install them and see if the problem is fixed.

Check your antivirus program

Depending on users, your antivirus may sometimes affect your system and display a “You are logged in with a temporary profile” message. However, some users indicated that they solved the problem by simply uninstalling their antivirus software.

According to them, the problem was caused by Avast, but after removing the prompt, the problem was completely solved. Note that sometimes other antivirus utilities can also cause this problem, so you will need to remove them to solve the problem.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Restart your device.
  2. Temporarily disable your antivirus software.
  3. Run a check on your system files.
  4. Use the registry editor to solve the problem.
  5. Run a command at the command line.
  6. Update Windows 10.

You can often solve this problem by leaving your account and logging in again. If you don't log out now, all the files you created or modified will be lost. You signed up for a temporary profile. You cannot access your files, and the files created in this profile will be deleted when you log out.

Depending on your users, your antivirus program may sometimes affect your system and display the message "You are logged in with a temporary profile". Note that sometimes other antivirus utilities can also cause this problem, so you will need to remove them to fix the problem.

Right-click My Computer, go to Properties, and select [Settings] under User Profiles on the Advanced tab. This is a list of all user profiles on the PC, size, modification date, etc. Make sure that you do not have two profiles with similar names, or a local profile, and a roaming profile that you want to use.