How to delete user profile in Windows 10 without deleting the account

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If you're looking to change all preferences and settings for all your applications and Windows for one user, you've come to the right place. It is possible that your user account is damaged or you just want to change the settings to the default settings.

To achieve this, you can delete the user profile without deleting the user account. We will delete the user profile and NOT the user account. Therefore, when you log in again, a new profile is automatically created for the same user account. Let's see how.



* Note: First of all, make sure your user account has admin rights. Also, it is not possible to delete the profile from the currently active account. You will first need to log out of the profile you want to remove and log in with a different user account.

Method 1: how to delete user profile in Windows 10 advanced system properties

Step 1: print Tasto Windows + R together on the keyboard to open the file run box. Type the text below in the box and press Log in to open the advanced file System properties the dialog box:

SystemPropertiesAdvanced

Step 2: A System properties dialog box below the file User profile click on settings button.

Step 3: A User Profiles window, select the user profile you want to delete and click To remove button.

Confirm the request in the message by clicking Yes and the user account will be deleted. The next time you log in, your user profile will be automatically created again, with all default settings.



Method 2: how to manually delete user profile in Windows 10

Step 1: Open the File Explorer (This PC) and double-click the file THE C: folder to open it.

Step 2: A THE C: folder, find and double-click the file users binder.


Step 3: Right-click on User profile you want to delete and click To remove give the menu answer.

4 phase: Now press Tasto Windows + R together on the keyboard to open the file run box type Regedit in the box and press Log in to open the file Registry Editor.


Step 5: A Registry Editor window, go to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionProfileList

Go through the subkeys on the left side of the window below List of profiles. Click on each of them and on the right side of the window find the file ProfileImagePath string value. Double-click it to open and check the file Valuable data. the Valuable data field shows the user profile. This will help you find which subkey is associated with the file user profile deleted.

Step 6: A Edit string window, look at the file Valuable data field showing the user profile deleted. Now that you know this is the ProfileImagePath connected to user profile deleted, cancel it rope.

il User profile for the associated account is now removed. Once you log in again, it will be re-created with the default settings and options.

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