How to Recreate a Corrupted User Profile in Windows 10

For some reason your current user profile in Windows 10 is not working or corrupted with recently update or any other problem. 

You want to recreate a user profile in Windows 10 Properly and you also need the important data from your existing user profile.

Creating a user profile in Windows 10 is very easy using the following process: but before I will recommend to rename your exiting profile first.

Because maybe the solution you are looking for may not be available in your new user profile, if you delete the existing profile and created the new one, you have to configure the new profile from the scratch or you may also face the following error in the new profile:

  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. 

In order to delete or recreate the corrupt user profile on your computer, you must need to login as an administrator on the computer.

After successfully login as an administrator now follow the below steps:

Step 2: Rename the existing user profile in Windows 10

Open the file explorer and follow the below instruction:

Go to C:\Users

Select the respective profile and right click

Select either Rename or Delete.

Here I am choosing the rename option instead delete. Renaming is the safest way instead of deleting the folder.

For example, please check the below image, here I am changing one of my user profile from Nihal to Nihal.old

How to Recreate User Profile in Windows 10

Step 3: 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. 

You can rename the registry file as follow:

Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open Run Window and type regedit to open Registry Editor, as shown in the below image.

How to Recreate User Profile in Windows 10

On the Registry Editor Windows go to the following location:

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

How to Recreate User Profile in Windows 10

Here you will see a list of user profile name on your computer. Select the right user profile name which you want to recreate and add .old in end of the object id as shown in the below image.

How to Recreate User Profile in Windows 10

Step 4: Now login again with the same username.

You have successfully renamed your existing user profile, which can be used as a backup reference. 

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

Later, check if the problem you are facing is disappeared in the new user profile and above mentioned apps are working fine.

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

If the problem not resolved in the new user profile itself, then follow the above practice to delete the new user profile and remove the .old from your existing profile.

When you restart again you will be normally sign-in with the existing profile without any issues.

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