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Windows 7: Deleting and creating user profile problem

25 Oct 2011   #1

windows 7 Ultimate 64
Deleting and creating user profile problem

Windows 7 professional 64bit OS

Dell Vostro 230 4Gb of memory

While troubleshooting an issue with Firefox I gave up and decided to remove the Windows user profile and recreate it. After deleting it the user profile and then attempting to log back in I noticed that the account was set up as "TEMP". Any documents or changes saved to the account/profile were lost upon reboot. I added the account manually via User management and re-logged in to no avail. Any ideas on how to get Windows 7 to create the user profile so as not to be a temp account?

So I have tried these steps and this did not work either.

This problem occurs if the current user's profile was accidentally deleted from the system.
Note: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry
1. Log on to the system by using an administrative user account other than the user account that is experiencing the problem.
2. Back up all data in the current user's profile folder if the profile folder still exists, and then delete the profile folder. By default, the profile resides in the following location:
3. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
4.Locate the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
5.Under the ProfileList subkey, delete the subkey that is named SID.bak.
Note SID is a placeholder for the security identifier (SID) of the user account that is experiencing the problem. The SID.bak subkey should contain a ProfileImagePath registry entry that points to the original profile folder of the user account that is experiencing the problem.
6. Exit Registry Editor.
7. Log off the system.
8. Log on to the system again.
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25 Oct 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Cerveza,

You might see if this may be able to help.

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile - Vista Forums
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25 Oct 2011   #3

windows 7 Ultimate 64

For me the fix was not to delete the SID.bak file (didn't work anyway) because I did not want the old profile back. I deleted the registry entry folder directly under ProfileList with the .bak extension (make sure to check that the user ID is correct). After logging out and back in under the profile that was being set as TEMP I found that the profile was recreated correctly.
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25 Oct 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. :)
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