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Windows 7 Logged on with a temporary profile

I have this serious problem. Whenever I start windows, it says 'this is a temporary login profile. The files you create and update in this profile will be deleted when you log off'.

I have only one login profile of which I am the administrator. All the software I add on login automatically gets deleted when I reboot the system. I am not able to find out whats the problem.

I dont have any other OS used in my system.

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marked as duplicate by Oliver Salzburg Jul 27 '12 at 13:38

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Please specify what version of Windows you're using :) –  Oliver Salzburg Jul 27 '12 at 13:36
    
I'm using Windows7 –  anaida Jul 27 '12 at 13:37

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Which Windows operating system are you using?

There's a guide for Windows 7 - also available here.

Log in with your temporary profile.

Start Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run dialog/Start Menu find box in Windows 7.

Navigate the following location in the Registry Editor:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

You should be able to see many 'keys' - one with a .bak extension.

Your correct profile key is marked as .bak. Currently your Windows 7 computer is logged in with a fresh profile with the same key. So, rename the new profile key (which does not have the bak extension) and remove .bak from correct profile key. Image link below.

http://www.sysprobs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bakremoved.png

That’s it. Log off and log in with your user name and password. Some profile settings/icons might have been reset, although the profile should be working as normal.

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Oliver Salzburg Jul 27 '12 at 13:36

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