If you attempted to sign on to Windows 10 and got a mistake message telling you that your user profile may be corrupted, you can attempt to repair it. You should create another profile, and then copy the files from the existing profile to the enhanced one. In this post, we will show you how to fix a corrupted user profile in Windows 10.
Fix Corrupted User Profile in Windows 10
The method varies depending on whether your Windows 10 PC is on a domain or workgroup.
The PC is on a Domain
If the Windows 10 PC is on a domain, follow these steps:
Open Microsoft Management Console by selecting Start, typing mmc into the search box, and hit Enter.
If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or give confirmation.
In the left pane of Microsoft Management Console, select Local Users and Groups. If you don’t see Local Users and Groups, it’s probably because that snap-in hasn’t been added to Microsoft Management Console.
Follow these steps to install it:
- In Microsoft Management Console, select the File menu, and then click Add/Remove Snap-in.
- Select Local Users and Groups, and then select Add.
- Select Local PC, click Finish, and then select OK.
- Select the Users folder.
- Select the Action menu, and then select New User.
- Type the appropriate information in the dialog box, and then select Create.
- At the point when you are finished creating user accounts, select Close.
- Restart the system.
The PC is in a Workgroup
If the Windows 10 PC is on a Workgroup, follow these steps:
To begin with, create another Local Administrator user account and then change the recently created account to an administrator account.
To create another Local Administrator user account, do the following:
- Select the Start button, select Settings (gear symbol) > Accounts > Family and other users. (In certain versions of Windows you’ll see Other users.)
- Select Add another person to this PC.
- Select I don’t have this present individual’s sign-in information, and on the following page, select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- Enter a username, password, and password hint (or pick security questions), and then select Next.
- To change the recently created account to an administrator account, do the following:
- Select the Start button, select Settings (gear symbol) > Accounts > Family and other users.
- Select the account proprietor name, then select a Change account type.
- Under Account type, select Administrator, then select OK.
- Restart the PC, then sign in with the new administrator account.
After you create the profile and have marked in, you can copy the files from the past profile to the new user profile. Here’s how:
- Launch File Explorer.
- Select This PC, then select the hard drive that Windows is installed on (it’s usually your C: drive), then the Users folder, then the folder with the name of your account.
- Locate the folder underneath, where C is the drive that Windows is installed on, and Old_Username is the name of the profile you want to copy files from.
- Press CTRL + A key combo to choose all of the files and folders in this folder, then select the Edit menu and select Copy or press CTRL + C key combo.
- Locate the folder underneath, where C is the drive that Windows is installed on, and New_Username is the name of the new user profile you created.
- Select the Edit menu and select Paste or press CTRL + V key combo.
- Restart the PC, then log back in as the new user.
Taking everything into account, it’s vital that, if you have email messages in an email program, you should import your email messages and addresses to the new user profile separately. A few applications recently installed may be reconfigured or reinstalled. Also, if you were signed into Microsoft Store apps like the Windows Store or Movies and TV you may need to log back into those apps to see your past purchases or restore settings.