I had a user with a corrupted profile so I wanted to delete the account and sign back in with fresh settings.
I originally did it the wrong way so the profile registry entry was left behind causing the above issue.
- On Windows 10 open settings
- Click Other settings and select the user
- Click Remove
Read below for the wrong way because the registry entry is left behind and for help on how to resolve
Lets say I have an account called Bob Ross and I go to C:\Users\Bob Ross and delete that Bob Ross folder.
If I try to login as Bob Ross a TEMP folder will be created. This means anything I do on that account will be deleted on log off.
To resolve this issue you need to remove the profile key in the registry like so:
- Login as Administrator or an account that is NOT the user you are trying to remove
- Open Regedit
- Navigate to the following registry key :“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”
- Under ProfileList navigate to binary key’s like this: S-1-5-21-3656904587-1668747452-4095529-500
- On the right side under ProfileImagePath you’ll see the username and profile path. So in this example I would look for C:\User\Bob Ross
- Right click the key that has your user in it and go to export and save a backup somewhere
- Next delete the key and the next time you login as Bob Ross a new profile folder will be created