How to Recover Deleted User Profile and Files in Windows 10

Windows offers its users the ability to create multiple user profiles to log on with. In the process of cleaning up your computer, if you mistakenly delete files from a user profile or the whole user profile itself, it might end up causing troubles and becoming unusable at instances. Don’t panic, and there’s a way to make everything normal. This post will guide you on recovering a deleted user profile and the files along with it in Windows 10.

Recover Deleted User Profile

How to Recover Deleted User Profile and Files in Windows 10

There are a couple of ways to recover a deleted user profile or its files on a PC running Windows 10.

  1. Attempt a System Restore
  2. Restore from a Backup
  3. Use Third-Party Applications

For making the changes required from the next step, make sure you’re logged in as an administrator. We recommend taking a backup before attempting to perform any changes.

1] Attempt a System Restore

Recover User System Restore

There is no way to recover any deleted account in Windows 10 unless you have a recovery system in place. So, if you have a Windows 10 System Restore point created before you deleted the user profile, here’s what you can do:

  • Open the Start Search box and search for System Restore.
  • Next, choose the option for Recovery listed under Best Match.
  • Now choose Open System Restore on the next page.
  • The recovery wizard should now pop open and list out all the available backups once you click Next.
  • Choose the best one that was created before you deleted the user profile and click Next.

Once you’ve selected the restore point and the wizard starts its job, you’ll notice your computer rebooting back to the older point.

2] Restore from a Past Backup

Backup Restore System Image

If you have a backup system either created using Windows Backup or any other third-party backup tool, recovering the deleted files and user profile with the tool should be your first choice.

However, do note that utilizing this method may affect all your current user profiles, and your current data might be lost.

If the utility allows you to explore the backup and recover a set of files, you can recover those deleted files, which might be important. So even if you cannot recover the user, you may recover files that belong to the user.

3] Use Third Party Applications

If none of the above-mentioned methods ends up working for you, we recommend you give third-party applications such as EaseUS or Recuva a shot. These third-party tools can search for deleted files and folders and can help you recover your important documents easily.

That said, how many user profiles do you run on your computer? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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