How to Recreate a Corrupted User Profile in Windows 10

How to Recreate User Profile on Windows 10

Learning how to recreate a corrupted user profile in Windows 10 is a very useful tips for any IT Persons. Getting temp user profile in Windows 10 is a normal one. Most of the time IT person face this temp profile issue while upgrading their Windows 10 version and there are other reasons like below, where your Windows 10 user profile might get corrupted. 

  1. Few of the Windows 10 Apps i.e Calculator, Photos, Store, etc will not work.,
  2. You will be Signed-in with a temporary user profile.

So, to avoid this situation will first rename the existing profile (not delete it) and create a new one. If needed will use the existing user profile in future or maintain it as a backup.

Fix a corrupted user profile in Windows 10 by following steps:

Quick Fix: How to Recreate a Corrupted User Profile in Windows 10

In this article we are going to performance the following steps to Recreate a Corrupted User Profile in Windows 10.

  1. Login As administrator on the device
  2. Go to C:\Users\
  3. Rename the effected user profile by adding .old in the end of the profile
  4. Open Registry editor as administrator and navigating to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  5. Select the user profile which you want to recreate and add .old in the end to rename it
  6. Sign out of Administrator account
  7. Login again with the same user credential, you will be logged it with new user profile.

By following the above quick steps you will be able to recreate user profile in Windows 10. For the detailed steps kindly scroll down below.

Step 01: Login as Administrator

In order to delete or recreate the corrupt user profile on your computer, you must login using of your administrator account on the computer.

After successfully login with your administrator account please follow the below steps carefully:

Step 02: Rename the Existing User Profile

How to Recreate User Profile on Windows 10

Open the file explorer and follow the below instruction:

  • Go to C:\Users
  • Select the respective profile and right click on it
  • Either Rename or Delete the profile.

As shown in the above image add something like .old at the end of the user profile.

Step 03: Rename the Registry file for the Existing User Profile

In order to properly rename a Windows user profile in Windows 10, you also need to edit and rename the registry file for that particular user. 

How to Recreate User Profile on Windows 10

1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open Run Window and type regedit

2. Click OK to open Registry Editor

How to Recreate User Profile on Windows 10

 

3. Copy the below path and paste on the registry editor path:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

How to Recreate User Profile on Windows 10

4. Select the User Profile which you want recreate and Right click on it

5. Select Rename option to rename the profile

How to Recreate User Profile on Windows 10

6. Add .old at the end of the user profile

Now you have successfully edited the registry file of the user profile. This way the user profile will be kept safe, it might be useful in future.

Step 04: Now Login Again with the Same Username

You have successfully renamed your existing user profile folder and registry setting. Now its time to create the new user profile.

Restart your computer and login with the same username and password. This time Windows will create a New User Profile for the same user.

Once you are successfully logged in, check the problem you were facing on the previous user profile is disappeared in the new user profile.

If all are working fine, then you are good to go.

Common FAQ: How to Recreate a Corrupted User Profile in Windows 10

Why to Rename an Exiting Profile instead of Deleting it

Sometime the problem or error you were facing still continue on the new profile also. So, creating the new user profile might be helpful. In this situation, you can login to administrator account and remove the .old from the old user profile and add .old to the newly created profile.

When you login the next time, you will be automatically logged with your previous profile. 

How to Remove a User from Windows 10

Removing user in Windows 10 is simple, login as a administrator account and go to C:\users, select the folder containing user name and delete it. But this is not a recommended practice, instead you can follow the above article to recreate the user profile. This way you can have your old user profile as a backup if anything goes wrong.

How to Copy Old User Profile Data to New User Profile.

Again, login to administrator account and go to C:\Users. Open the old/corrupted User Profile account. Select the Desktop, Document and Download folder. Press Ctrl+C to copy this folder and go back and open new user profile folder to paste the above folders.

By doing this you won’t loose any user profile data.

How to Delete Windows 10 User Profile

To Delete a user profile, you have to delete the user profile folder on C:\Users\ and delete the registry settings. For the detailed instruction you can follow the above step by step article. Anyhow I won’t recommended deleting a user profile, instead you can rename it and create a new user profile for the same user.

What is the Location of User Profiles in Registry

To locate User Profile in Registry Editor, Open the Registry Editor and paste the following path: 

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Windows 10 Temp Profile Fix

If you are keep sign-in with temp profile on your Windows 10 device. Make sure you have deleted the user profile on C:\Users and registry setting using the above path. Again try to sign-in.

If you are still signed in with temp profile, go to any working Windows 10 PC and copy the Default folder on C:\Users\ and paste it on the problematic PC. Before pasting the Default folder rename the exiting Default folder and Do not overwrite or delete it.

Sometime the corrupted Default folder on the C:\Users\ cause the profile to login temporary.

How to Remove User Profile in Windows 10

To Remove a user profile, you have to remove the user profile folder on C:\Users\ and remove the registry settings. For the detailed instruction you can follow the above step by step article. Anyhow I won’t recommended removing a user profile, instead you can rename it and create a new user profile for the same user.

How to Make a New Profile on Windows 10

To make a new profile on Windows 10, if you are login for the first time on a Windows 10 device, simply login with the username and password. If you want to make profile profile for any existing user profile then please follow the above article for the step by steps instructions.

How to Change User Profile Name in Windows 10

To change the existing user profile name in Windows 10 follow the above article to rename the existing profile, restart the PC and login again. That’s it, you will be logged in with the new profile name.

Windows 10 change username

For various reason you might have changed your username on Windows 10 but when you log in, your user profile still shows existing user details. In order to Change Username in Windows 10, you need to create a new user profile. Please check this article on how to create a New Profile For Existing User.

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