On Windows 10, each user account includes a user profile, which is made up of files and folders that store the user’s personal files and preferences, application settings, desktop information, and more pieces of data.
Sometimes the user profile data may get corrupted causing a number problems, including Start menu and Microsoft Edge not working properly. While you can always delete and recreate the account, it’s possible to delete the profile so that Windows 10 can setup a new one during sign-in without having to remove the account.
How to delete a user profile on Windows 10
Typically, the user profile data is stored in C:\Users\AccountNameFolder, where you’ll find the Desktop, Documents, and other folders, including the AppData folder and NTUSER.DAT file which are hidden. However, you can’t just simply delete these data manually, you need to use the System Properties settings.
Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
Type the following command to open System Properties and click OK:
Under the “User Profiles” section, click the Settings button.
Select the user profile and click the Delete button. (If the user still logged in, then the Delete button will be grayed out. In this case, sign out the user and try again.)
Once you’ve completed the steps, sign out of the current account, and sign back into the account you just deleted the profile to allow Windows 10 to recreate the user profile again.
After you’re signed in, you’ll need to manually apply your settings again, sign in to OneDrive, and more. However, you don’t need to reinstall your applications. Though, this process will reinstall all the apps you acquired from the Store.