Deleting a user profile in Windows 7

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Published on: 2011/03/16

Deleting a profile in Windows 7 needs to be done a bit differently than in Windows XP.


  1. Log on as a Local Administrator
  2. Delete (or rename) profile folder under C:\Users (Example: C:\Users\username)
  3. Run regedit
  4. Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  5. In the left pane, look for the folder name starting with S-1-5 (SID key) followed by a long number. then click each folder and locate ProfileImagePath from the right pane, double click to verify that this is the user account profile that needs to be deleted/renamed
  6. Delete the S-1-5number key on the left panel
  7. Reboot computer
  8. log on as the user for the new profile to get created.
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