Delete your user profile in Windows 10 to resolve several issues. For example, if your user profile becomes corrupted, if certain apps no longer work, or if you want to restore the default settings to your user profile. What matters is that you understand how to delete a user profile without deleting your user account.
How to Delete a Windows 10 User Profile
This guide will demonstrate how to delete a user profile in Windows 10. We’ll also go over the distinction between user profiles and user accounts, as well as how to delete both.
In Windows 10, there is a distinction between user accounts and user profiles.
Many people believe that a user account and a user profile in Windows are the same thing. They are, however, two entirely different sets of data.
The first step in configuring your computer is to create an administrator user account that will allow you to sign in to your PC or laptop. You can create separate user accounts if you share your computer with other family members or a coworker. Each user account can be password-protected, so you don’t have to worry about anyone accessing your account.
When you turn on your device, you can select the user account you want to log into. When you create a new user account in Windows 10, you have the option of creating an administrator account, a normal account, or a standard account with family safety. Administrator accounts are the only types of user accounts that can modify system settings and other accounts on your device.
Switching between user accounts in Windows 10 is a breeze. This is how it’s done:
In the bottom-left corner of your screen, select the Start menu.
Navigate to the user account icon in the left sidebar.
Select Sign out.
Choose another user account.
Enter your password and hit Enter on your keyboard.
In Windows 10, a user profile refers to all of your personal preferences, app and desktop settings, and other types of information stored in your user account.
If you want to know how to find your user profile, go to My Computer or This PC and then to Local Disk (C:).
Navigate to Users, then to your account’s username. Contacts, Desktop, Music, Downloads, Favorites, Pictures, Links, Saved Games, Videos, and many other subfolders can be found in this folder.
Your user profile includes all of the device’s settings and personalization. Even minor changes to your device, such as backgrounds and screen savers, fall under the purview of a user profile.
In Windows 10, you can delete a user profile.
As previously stated, user profiles are a collection of folders that allow you personalize your user account. If you want to delete your user profile, make sure you do so from another user account, not the one that will be deleted soon.
Furthermore, the account you will use to delete the user profile must have administrative privileges. When a user profile is deleted, all photos, videos, documents, and other types of files are also deleted. That is why it is critical to back up all of these files or make copies of them that can be stored in a secure location.
In Windows 10, you can delete a user profile using System Properties or manually. To begin, consider the first method:
Pressing the Windows + R keys on your keyboard at the same time will bring up the Run dialog on your screen.
Enter “systempropertiesadvanced” in the Open box.
Select OK. This will launch the System Properties dialog box.
Select Advanced from the top menu.
Click the Settings… button under User Profiles.
The User Profiles window will be displayed. Select the profile you want to delete from the list of profiles saved on this computer.
Click Yes in the pop-up window to confirm that you wish to delete the user profile.
That’s all! When you sign in to your user account again, Windows 10 will build a new profile with default settings and preferences. In Windows 10, there is another option to erase a user profile. Here’s how it’s done:
Open it by typing “This PC” into the Search box on your desktop.
Double-click on Local Disk now (C:).
Navigate to the Users folder.
Right-click on the user profile you want to delete and select Delete.
From the drop-down option, choose Delete.
Then, on your keyboard, simultaneously hit the Window + R keys.
To open the Registry Editor, type “regedit” into the box and press Enter.
Copy the following Registry Key:
“HKEY LOCAL MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionProfileList” HKEY LOCAL MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionProfileList
Copy it and paste it into the Registry Editor.
Locate ProfileImagePath in the ProfileList folder. C:Users[username] should be mentioned, but replace [username] with the actual name of your user profile.
Delete this file as well as any similar files you find in other folders.
Confirm that you want to delete these Registry Editor files.
To complete the process, exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
You will notice a new, default user profile on Local Disc (C:) and the deleted user profile will no longer be visible.
In Windows 10, you can delete a user account.
Deleting a user account in Windows 10 is a straightforward process that only requires a few steps. If you have numerous accounts on your computer, you should know how to delete them if you no longer require them.
Follow the instructions below to delete a user account in Windows 10.
In the bottom-left corner of your screen, press the Start button.
On the left sidebar, click the Settings icon.
Click Accounts from this menu.
Continue to Family and other users.
Find the user account you want to delete under Other users.
Remove their username by clicking on it.
Confirm your decision to delete this account by selecting Delete account and data.
This will erase the user account and all of its offline files. It will not, however, remove any files stored in the cloud.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get a deleted user profile back?
There is a way to restore a user profile if you accidentally deleted it or if you have some files you want to restore. That’s why it’s critical to have a backup of all your files before deleting a user profile.
Here’s how to recover a deleted Windows 10 user profile:
1. Select the magnifying glass icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.
2. Type in “Command Prompt” and click Open.
3. Paste “whoami /user” into the Command Prompt.
4. Press Enter.
5. The Security Identifier for your user profile will be displayed under User Name SID.
6. Press the Windows + R key combination.
7. To open the Registry, type “regedit” and press Enter.
Copy and paste “HKEY LOCAL MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows NT>CurrentVersion>ProfileList” into the Registry.
9. Locate the same SID from the Command Prompt in ProfileList.
10. Select the appropriate SID folder.
11. Locate and double-click ProfileImagePath on the right side of the Registry.
12. Under Value data, enter C:Users and your user profile’s accurate username.
13. Press the OK button.
14. In the right pane, double-click on State, which is located under ProfileImagePath.
15. Enter 0 in the Value data field.
16. Click OK.
You were successful in restoring your user profile. When you go to Local Disc (C:), your restored user profile will be there.
Remove any unwanted user profiles.
You now understand how to delete a user profile in Windows 10. In Windows 10, you also understand the distinction between user profiles and user accounts, as well as how to delete a user account. Deleting and restoring user profiles can be difficult, but if you follow our instructions, you’ll have no trouble.
Have you ever deleted a Windows 10 user profile? Did you utilize any of the techniques described in this guide? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.
This tutorial applies to all supported hardware manufacturers’ PCs, laptops, desktops, and tablets running the Windows 10 operating system (Home, Professional, Enterprise, and Education).
It is not difficult to remove a user account from your Windows 10 computer since you no longer require it. Deleting unnecessary user accounts will save you a lot of space and may even help your computer operate quicker. Here’s how to go about it.
This will delete the user account from the login screen, as well as any files, settings, and program data the individual has stored on their user account.