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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, when you log on to the computer, you receive the following error message: The User Profile Service failed the logon and User profile cannot be loaded. Then, these errors can be resolved by deleting the user profile and creating a new one.


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, and click Settings under User Profiles.

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 that you want to remove all information associated with your user account.

A new profile for the user's account will be automatically 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

Delete the ProfileList key, then all user profiles will be removed completely.

Click on clear pagefile at shutdown

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