• John

    I don’t understand what you mean by “just point it to the correct location.” What exactly do I do to “point it to the correct location.” I actually don’t know how to identify the correct subkey to my profile. There are several listed. How do I recognize mine?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Expand the ProfileList key, now click the long subkeys one by one and correspondingly look for the ProfileImagePath string in the right pane, its Value data must consist your user account name.

  • K B

    After trying all of the other suggestions for the last 4 months, I finally fixed my temporary profile issue. The only thing I hadn’t tried was to make a new profile and copy my files to it. I ran Tweaknow Reg cleaner on full safe mode and I let it fix the errors it could fix on it’s own. The I went to Settings on my desktop, lower right corner, then to Change PC settings, then Accounts and verified my account. On the next reboot it booted to the Temporary Profile screen just one more time, then never again. My pc is booting much faster for the last week and no more Temporary Profile issues. I am really not sure if verifying my account fixed it or if the Teak Now Registry Cleaner fixed it.

  • WinExpert

    I don’t think any registry cleaner can fix these kind of problems.

  • Fawaz Alghamdi

    I have found my profile In the ProfileList key, but I am not sure of what to do next after I find the correct ProfileImagePath with my correct profile name.

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you have find the registry string pointed to correct location then your issue must be solved :)

  • Fawaz Alghamdi

    ^^ How do I do that exactly? Sorry for the trouble by the way.

  • Nimrod5

    Greetings! i experienced this problem yesterday! i’ve tried to shutdown and login for about 3-4 times. i didn’t mind the notification that all the files created in a TEMP file will be deleted. all my files in My Documents was lost, then i retrieve it in the User file. my bad is, i transferred all my files in the TEMP account. after another restart, my profile was OK but the files i transferred in a TEMP account was lost… as in gone! so, the question is, is there an easy way to retrieve all my files? i’ve used a third-party apps (Data Rescue PC3) but majority of my files that was retrieve was not working especially MS Office files. HELP PLEASE???!!! thanks!

  • Apocalypse

    thank you very much. It worked for me and you save me an hour of filecopy from one profile to another. Good work

  • chuck

    does this fix work for windows 7

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yup, it works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 :)

  • Vatsal

    I don’t find the expandable registry string (REG_EXPAND_SZ) named ProfileImagePath in the right pane… What should I do?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Create it manually :)

  • Darcy

    I started getting this problem after trying to update from windows 8 to 8.1 and the installation musn’t have worked properly. I couldnt start up my computer at first but after restoring it I keep getting logged into a temporary account. I tried to do all of this and it was linked with my correct user account, but when i reset my computer it still loads the temporary account. Please help!

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    If you’ve any system restore point that is dated before you did the upgrade scenario, you can restore to get rid of the problem.

  • HaSeeNaH

    If you tried this method and did nit managed to recover your profile, try this video.
    It definitely helped me!
    No files lost.

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Might be helpful for many :)

  • Littletechguy

    Ok I know this is windows 8, discussion, BUT we are having the issue with winXP, Win7 and if I had more user on 8 I bet it would be on windows 8 as well…my problem is that when I find the entry in the profilelist and then correct it, have the user restart…it disappears when they log off (check the entry from the network while it was at the logon) then when they log back on it is there but incorrect and they are logged on with a temp profile….VERY Fustrating

  • neha

    my problem doesn’t solved
    plz help me out

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you found ProfileImagePath string mentioned in 3rd step, pointed to correct user profile location?

  • Robert

    What if it is already pointed to the correct location?

  • Michael Amara

    will it work for windows 7 ?

  • Michael Amara

    sorry just checked it does, okay lets hope this works

  • John B

    If I cant change anything because the registry string is already pointing to my profile. Then the problem is not fixed.

  • Yaz de Jesus

    I’m having a similar problem except that the user doesn’t have any previous profile on the account and this problem happens in every single computer he logs in on the domain, so I guess it’s a domain related issue. What would be the best practice to restore it without having to delete and recreate a profile on the domain???

  • souman
  • bevpopp

    I found two subkeys:
    S-1-5-21-2963639702-3254634752-3256229726-1001, and

    The first, ending in 1001, has ProfileImagePath, REG_EXPAND_SZ, C:UsersTEMP.
    The second, ending in .bak, has ProfileImagePath, REG_EXPAND_SZ, C:UsersBev.
    What do I do?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Point the first subkey’s string to correct user path since it is directing to temporary path.

  • Chey

    I found everything the way you said but there’s actually two of those files :


    they both have the ProfileImagePath in them but first one I listed has the Temp.Unknown
    Now, the question is, how do I access my profile? do I delete the one that has the ProfileImagePath for the temporary account?

  • Andy

    It wont let me do it? I got to the last bit but yet it says I cannot edit profileimagepath? is this just wrecking my laptop even further?

  • Jeffrey Mei

    What if it does but you’re still in the temporary file?

  • HM

    the problem with this is that if the account you are trying to fix is the admin account, you are screwed as any of the local accounts will not allow you to change it……..i swear, the next time i am getting an apple machine.

  • bob

    How do I know what the correct user account folder is

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ You have to manually seek for it in the File Explorer.

  • AteUrCooki

    I cant find my profile list under windows

  • Supul

    Hey Kapil,
    I found your post very useful but I’ve encountered following issues while editing the string value.

    There are 4 long subkeys and 3 short subkeys found in the ProfileList. In those 4 long subkeys, There are 4 different value data in the ProfileImagePath string.

    1st one is directed to C:UsersUpdatusUser
    2nd one is directed to C:UsersTEMP.UNTITLED
    3rd one is directed to C:Usersacer
    4th one is directed to C:UsersAdministrator

    So do I have to change all Value data to C:/Users/acer ???

  • The Reaper

    When I changed the ProfilePath to the actual user I wasn’t able to sign in. I got some errors.
    P.S I am using windows 8

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ First of all you need to find out which key is for your account, then you need to change only the Value data for registry string which is mentioned in article, no need to change other entries there.

  • Ravi Verma

    I did all the steps accurately as mentioned above. But i am still having problem. Can’t get access to my files as they were before. Even the start menu has changed. Only 5 tiles it shows. Plz help me.

  • Ravi Verma

    Hey Kapil,

    Plz help me.

    I got an error today when I logged in to windows 8.1. It showed a notification that I am logged into temporary account. I searched for the solution and followed all the instructions mentioned in your post.

    But still i am getting problem logging in my previous account.

    I had only single user on my PC.

    It showed previously as : C:Users”user_name”>

    it was when everything was alright.

    But now it shows it like this: C:Users”user_name”.”PC_name”.000>

    Plz help me getting back my previous user setting and desktop.

    Thank you.

  • Gor Ivans

    My user profile which is not an Admin account suffers from the same fate, I have tried following the steps required to fix this mess but when I try renaming i get “The Registry Editor cannot rename filename.bak. Error while renaming key.And when I try taking ownership I get an error “Unable to set new owner on filename.bak. Access Denied”

    What to do?I have very important files on that profile that I need to access.

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya
  • Gor Ivans

    Under Registry address is this the path i need to use? HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareMicrosoftwindows ntcurrent versionprofile list PROFILE NAME.

  • Tahu Zain

    Even I am facing the same…
    Can anybody help me on this issue

  • bob

    what do you mean the correct user account folder?

  • kaygogi

    This is what I see also. The one with .bak has my pathway. The one without goes to Temp. Did you ever get an answer to this?

  • captainderp

    i have two almost identical profile list keys exept one of them has .bak in the end and both have the profilelmagpath in them. The one with the .bak also has a migrated REG_BINARY and a runlogonscript REG_DWORD. what do i do?

  • RN

    Is it possible to “print” this discussion?

  • Natalie

    How to you point it to the right location? I have followed all the steps but it still hasn’t helped

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer previous comments for hint :)

  • Vishal Ghorpade

    still not working 64 bit os x64.im so tried plz help me

  • Shawn Chen

    So I got access back to my computer, but my computer is telling me that my Documents folder cannot be accessed, as well as my Music, Pictures, and Video folder. Can you give any help to solve this?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Let us know what error message do you recieve when you open Documents folder, so that we can help.

  • Shawn Chen

    Actually, I fixed my problem with a System Restore, so thank you for

    the help and concern! c:

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to hear that :)

  • jai

    All my files were deleted after doing all the steps? What to do? I need to recover all my files.

  • Derpy Squid

    What do you mean by that, dude?! I need my laptop for work, and can’t figure this out! I’m not that smart, so I don’t know what you mean by value and stuff like that. and fixing it, HOW?

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  • Ben

    Worked for me Thanks 😀

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