How to Recover Deleted User Profile and Files in Windows 10

Tracy King updated on Jul 02, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Accidentally deleted your user account and lost User Profile in Windows 10? Relax! This page will guide you to effectively recover deleted User Profile with all lost files in Windows 10 by 2 effective methods. Just follow to perform User Profile recovery on your own now.

How do I restore deleted User Profile in Windows 10

"Hi guys, do you know how to recover a User Profile when you accidentally deleted your user account in Windows 10 PC?
I got this problem that My mom accidentally deleted my user profile and all the pictures, photos, documents all disappeared in the computer. No backups were created in Windows 10 previously. 

So how can I restore the deleted User Profile with all lost files in Windows 10? I don't really know how to fix this issue. If you have a solution, please let me know. Thanks."

Losing User Profiles may easily cause file lost issue and some personal settings vanish error in Windows PC. And this problem is still bothering many Windows 10 users. If you are having a similar issue in Windows 10/8/7, don't worry. Here below you'll find 2 recommended methods to effectively restore deleted User Profiles and lost files in Windows 10/8/7 with ease. 

Method 1. Restore old deleted User Profile files and create a new Profile in Windows 10

The most direct way to fix User Profile lost error in Windows 10 is to restore the deleted User Profile documents, files and create a new User Profile in Windows 10.  
Just follow below detail steps to restore deleted User Profile files and create a new Profile on your PC now:

# 1. Boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode

1. Reboot PC, on the sign in screen, hold Shift and click Power, select Restart;
2. You'll be presented with an options screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart;
3. Press F4 when the computer is booting up and then it will start in Safe Mode.

# 2. Restore all deleted old User Profile files with file recovery software

If your lost profile files are less than 2GB, you can let EaseUS free file recovery software help.
If your deleted User Profile files and documents are more than 2GB, professional file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is your best shot. Just free download it and apply to scan and restore deleted User Profile files by simple clicks here now:

Step 1. Run folder recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS folder recovery software on your PC.
  • Connect the device to your computer if the lost folder is saved on an external storage device.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost the folder.
  • Click "Scan" to begin scanning lost folder with files.
Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost folder.

  • You can use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name.
  • Or you can check and find them from "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)".
Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover the lost folder.

Last, select the folder and choose to save it to a new & secure spot on your PC by clicking "Recover".

Restore lost folder data.

# 3. Enable Administrator Account and create a new Account

1. Right-click Start and select Command Prompt (Admin);
2. Type: net user administrator /active: yes and hit Enter;
3. Switch yes for no when you reverse this in the feature by the same command.

Restore Use Profiles on Windows 10.

4. This will enable the hidden administrator account on your computer and restart the computer, sign into this new account.

# 4. Create a new Account - new user profile account

1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users;
2. Click Add someone else to this PC and follow the onscreen guidelines to complete the process;
3. If you want to create a local account instead of a Microsoft one, click I don't have this person's sign-in information > Add a user without a Microsoft account.

Create new user account.

# 5. Transfer and move old User Profile files and documents to new account

Now you can copy and paste the restored User Profile files and document to your new account now. 

Method 2. Manually restore deleted User Profile in Windows 10

The other way to recover deleted User Profile in Windows 10 is to follow below steps to manually get deleted User Profile and data back:

Step 1. Find out Security Identifier

1. Right-click Start, select Command Prompt;
2. Type:whoami /user and hit Enter;
This command queries the system to tell you the SID of the current account;

Manually restore deleted User Profile.

Step 2. Edit the Registry

1. Type:regedit in the Search and hit Enter to load Registry Editor;
2.  Type: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and hit Enter;
Then follow anyone of below-offered options to complete the deleted User Profile recovery process in Windows 10 then:

Option 1. Delete Duplicate Folder

If the SID is listed twice, you'll need to delete the folder without the .BAK extension:

1. Right-click the folder from the left-hand pane and click Delete;
2. Click Yes to confirm;

restore User profile.

Option 2. Rename.BAK folder

1. Right-click the folder matching your SID with the.BAK extension, click Rename;

2. Remove.BAK from the end of it and hit Enter to save all changes;

Rename .BAK files to restore deleted User Profile.

Option 3. Adjust the Folder path and state

1. Click the folder on the left-hand pane that matches your SID;
2. Double-click ProfileImagePath, input the correct path for your user profile in Value Data;

Restore deleted User Profile by adjusting folder path and state.

If you are not sure what it should be, press Win + R, input: C:\Users and hit Enter;
Click OK once you've written the correct Value Data;

3. Double-click State on the right-hand registry pane, change the Value data to 0 and click OK.

Change Value Data to restore lost User Profile.

Finally, close Registry Editor, restart PC and sign back into your user account. Now everything that you've deleted shall be all back and you can reuse them again then.


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