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ChemE Computing

Chemical Engineering Computing

Fixing the "You have been logged on with a temporary profile" Error

  1. Log on to the computer using the administrator account.
  2. Click the Start button.
  3. From the Start menu, in the search bar at the bottom, type REGEDIT command and hit Enter key.
  4. On the UAC confirmation box, click Yes button to provide your consent to continue.
  5. On the opened Registry Editor window, in the left pane, navigate and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion
  6. From the expanded list, right-click the user profile ID that is without the .bak extension.
  7. From the displayed context menu, click Rename and rename it to .new or something else.
  8. Rename the profile with .bak extension and remove .bak from it, hence making it the current user profile.
  9. Once done, close the Registry Editor window and restart the computer to allow the changes to take effect.
  10. Log on to the repaired user account using its rectified profile.