How to fix being logged in with Windows temporary profile

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Dawid Tomasik:

Hello, can you help me with this problem ? I am using a Lap Top with Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (german version). After booting my system, Windows isn't able to boot my profile and a message is shown (see picture below). Let me give you a short translation: YOU HAVE BENN LOGGED IN WITH A TEMPORALY PROFILE. YOU CANT USE YOU DATA & CREATED DATAFILES ON THIS PROFILE WILL BE DELETED AFTER LOGGING OF
F. IF YOU WANT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, LOG OFF FROM THIS PROFILE & TRY TO LOG IN LATER. (...) Rebooting System helps to log in in my profile but it sems this isn't the solution for this problem because it happens every time Windows is booting for the 1st time. I hope you can help and tell me a solution for this problem.

Brendan:

This problem occurs when your Windows profile (all the data stored for each of your user accounts) becomes corrupted.

Fortunately, there are two solutions to your problem.

The first and safest method, that I reccomend you try is:

CREATING A NEW USER ACCOUNT:

Step 1 (Creating another user account):
Go to your control panel, then user accounts. Click on "manage another account". You may need to enter your administrator password or click the Yes/Continue button. Now, click "Create Account", give your account a name and then click "Create Account" again.

Step 2 (Copy your old data to the new account):
You will need to have three accounts in total. Your old account that isn't working, the new one you just created and a third temporary account. If you don't have a third account, follow Step 1 to create one. You can delete it after this procedure.

Now open the documents library, by clicking the Documents button on your start menu. Click the tools menu and then folder options (press ALT if you can't see the tools menu). Click the View tab. Now click "show hidden files, folders and drives" and then make sure "hide protected operating system files" is UNCHECKED. Press Yes to confirm and then OK.

Login on your third, temporary account.

Locate the C:\Users\Your_old_username folder. Replace C:\ with the drive Windows is installed on and Your_old_username with the old account you are having trouble with.

Now select all the files and folders in this folder, except the following files:
-Ntuser.dat
-Ntuser.dat.log
-Ntuser.ini

Now press Control and C together to copy these files to your clipboard.

Locate the C:\Users\New_username where New_username is the new account you created. (Not your old account that's not working and not the temporary account you're using now.)

Now press Control and V together to paste your old account's files to your new account.

Log off and log on as your new account you copied the files to. You will need to import any email messages before deleting your old account. Once you're happy with everything, delete your old account and the temporary account you created if you wish.

If this doesn't work, there is another solution for advanced users.

RESTORING YOUR PROFILE BACKUP (advanced users only):

Step 1 Open the start menu and in the search box, type regedit, then click to launch the program.

Step 2 Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WINDOWS NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Step 3 Click the triangle to expand ProfileList, then locate the longest one, usually ending in "-1000". The correct one should have two identical entries, with one ending in .bak

Step 4 Rename the one without the .bak extension and add _new to the end of it. Now remove .bak from the other one (to restore your backup.)

Step 5. Restart your computer and see if this has resolved the problem.
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