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How to Delete User Profile in Windows 10

A user profile is created the first time that a user logs on to a computer.

The profile is stored on the computer's local hard disk C:\Users\<user name> profile folder, and it contains the account's settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows. If a user's profile becomes corrupted, for example, the user profile service failed the logon or user profile cannot be loaded error, delete user profiles and create a new one can solve these errors.

Method 1: Delete user profile in Advanced System Properties

Step 1: Open advanced system properties.

Press Windows logo+Pause Break keys, then click Advanced System Settings in the left pane.

Advanced system settings

Or by pressing Win+R to open Run dialog, type control sysdm.cpl in the field and click OK.

Open system properties

Step 2: In System Properties window, select Advanced tab, under User Profiles, click Settings.

User Profiles settings

Step 3: Select the profile of the user account, click Delete button.

Delete profile of user account

Step 4: Click Yes to confirm remove all associated user account information.

A new profile for the user's account will automatically be created the next time that user signs in.

Method 2: Delete User Profile in Registry Editor

Step 1: Open Registry Editor.

Type Regedt32.exe into Search box, then hit Enter key.

Open registry editor

Step 2: In the left side of Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

To remove all profiles, remove the ProfileList key.

Click on clear pagefile at shutdown

Step 3: Click on Yes to confirm deleting the profile's reference in the registry.