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Deleting unnecessary Microsoft Windows 10 user profiles from your computer can be very useful if you have too many user profiles or if you no longer use them.
A user profile is created the first time a user connects to a computer.
The profile is stored on the local hard drive of the C:\Users\Profile Folder computer, and it contains the account settings for wallpapers, screensavers, pointer preferences, audio settings and other functions. User profiles ensure that your personal settings are used when you connect to Windows. If a user’s profile is corrupted, for example when you connect to your computer, you receive the following error message: The user profile service has not successfully logged in and the user profile cannot be loaded. These errors can then be corrected by deleting the user profile and creating a new one.
Here, we must delete the profile without ever having to delete the main account. It works quite well in many cases, and as such is one of the first steps if you want to solve problems with Windows 10. Please note that before attempting to delete the user profile, you must ensure that it has account privileges, otherwise it will not work.
Delete User Profile using Advanced System Management
- The first step is to open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows + R key on your keyboard. From there, type the following in the box, then press Enter :
- System propertiesAdvanced
- The System Properties field, which contains all available options, should open immediately.
- You will need to click on the Settings button in the User Profile section.
- Then select the correct profile and click on Delete.
- Confirm the deletion and that’s it.
Delete a user profile in Windows 10 manually via Registry Editor
- Open the File Explorer.
- Go to the C:\Users folder and search for the username you want to delete. The corresponding folder contains everything related to the user profile, so all you have to do is delete this folder.
- Now open the registry editor.
- Go to the next registry key.
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current version\ProfileList
- On the left side, you go through the subkeys. For each subkey, search for the value data of the ProfileImagePath value chain. Once you have found the one that points to the deleted user profile, delete it.
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