In this article on MiniTool Website, I will show you what Windows 10 User Profile is, how to back it up, delete it and even find solutions to some User Profile issues for you. If you are interested in them, please follow our guidance now.

What Is User Profile Windows 10?

Windows 10 User Profile is a record of user-specific data which stores all the information and data associated with your user account, for example, your personal data, system files, download, desktop, app data, documents and so on.

Microsoft Windows allows you to create different profiles on various devices or you can choose a roaming profile which is the same on each PC you use.

Why Do you Need to Back up Your User Profile?

As you can see, all the data contained in the User Profile is of vital importance to you, so it is necessary to create a backup of your User Profile in case of recovery needs. We have listed two scenarios that you need to back up your User Profiles for you.

Scenario 1: Fresh Install Windows

When you want to perform a fresh install of Windows on a new hard drive/HDD/SSD or you just change a brand-new computer, you will need to customize your User Profile and system settings. Restoring the User Profile from the backup images might be the most time-saving and least troublesome way because you can copy the User Profiles in Windows 10 without customizing them.

Scenario 2: Inaccessible User Folder

Sometimes, your user folders are inaccessible and unreadable after updating Windows 10 or due to the infection of malware & viruses. In this condition, you need to delete the corrupted User Profile data and restore it from a backup.

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How to Back up User Profile Windows 10?

# Way 1: Back up User Profile Windows 10 with Backup Software

When it comes to backup, the top choice is to rely on a professional backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker. It is such a convenient tool that you can back up the operating system which contains your User Profile just in a few clicks even if you are a green hand on computer. Now, let me show you how to do it step by step.

Step 1. Download & install MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial Edition.

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Step 2. After installation, launch it, click on Keep Trial and then you will have an opportunity to enjoy its backup, sync, and restore service for free within 30 days.

Step 3. Go to the Backup interface. You can see Source on the left pane and Destination on the right pane.

Step 4. You can select the OS which contains your User Profile in Source. Next, hit Destination to choose a destination path for your backup task.

choose a destination path

Step 5. Hit Back up Now to start the task right away.

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The restoration process is also very simple, here’s how to restore User Profile Windows 10:

It is advisable to enter WinPE by with the Media Builder feature in MiniTool ShadowMaker before you do the following instructions. Next, boot from the bootable drive and launch MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Step 1. Go to the Restore interface of MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Step 2. Usually, you can see all your backup images in this interface, just find the desired backup and hit the Restore button beside it. If your desired backup is not here, press Add Backup to choose the file backup image manually.

Step 3. Choose the backup version you want to restore and then hit Next.

Step 4. Choose all the partitions you need to restore from the selected backup file. Make sure to check MBR and Track 0.

Step 5. Choose a disk that you want to restore the system to and hit Next. When the warning messages pops up, just hit OK.

hit OK.

Restoring the image to the disk that contains the system image file is not allowed.

Step 6. Click Finish until you see the process is completed.

More Advanced Features of MiniTool ShadowMaker:

Scheduled Backup – In Schedule, you can customize your backup task and set to back up your files daily/weekly/monthly/on event to develop a good habit of protecting data.

Full/Incremental/Differential Backup – If your want to manage your disk space, you can choose the type of backup according to your needs in Scheme.

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# Way 2: Back up User Profile Windows 10 via Inbuilt Utility

You can back up your User Profile via Windows inbuilt backup utility, Windows Backup and Restore. This tool allows you to back up all the User Profile files in Windows 10.

Step 1. Connect a USB flash drive to your computer. Open your Control Panel and go to System and Security.

Step 2. Scroll down to click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 3. Press Set up backup on the right pane.

Step 4. It is highly recommended to back up your files to an external hard drive, so you can select your removable drive in this step and hit Next to continue.

Step 5. Under What do you back up, tick Let me choose to choose libraries and folders and whether to include a system image in the backup. The items you select will be backed up on a regular schedule.

Step 6. Choose the data files you want to back up. If you want to back up your User Profile only, untick Include a system image of drivers at bottom of this interface.

choose the data you want to back up

Step 7. Now, you can review your backup settings. Press Save settings and run backup if it is no problem and wait for the process to complete.

If your User Profile is corrupted in the future, you can restore it in Windows 10/11 using the following instructions:

Step 1. Plug in the removable drive to which you back up your User Profile.

Step 2. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 3. Hit the blue font Select another backup to restore files from, choose the backup that includes your User Profile and then press Next.

hit Select another backup to restore files from

Step 4. Click on Browse for folders, choose the User Profile folder and hit Next.

Step 5. Tick In the original location and press Restore.

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# Way 3: Back up User Profile Windows 10 with Advanced System Properties

The third method to back up your User Profile files is to use the Copy To feature in the advanced system properties.

Step 1. Open File Explorer and right-click on This PC to choose Properties in the drop-down menu.

Step 2. In the About tab, scroll down to find Advanced system settings and hit it.

Step 3. In the Advanced section, click Settings under User Profiles.

Step 4. Now, you can see a list of all the User Profiles. Choose the one you want and click Copy To to copy it to another location.

hit Copy To

Step 5. Hit Browse in the pop-up and choose a path to save the User Profile.

Copying all your User Profiles is permitted, too. You just repeat Step 4 to copy the User Profiles one by one until all of them are copied.

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In the following content, I will show you detailed instructions to delete User Profile in Windows 10 and address the User Profile service failed the logon issue for you.

How to Delete User Profile Windows 10?

Before deleting your User Profile, you must make sure that your user account has administrative rights.

Way 1: Delete User Profile Windows 10 via Windows Registry

Step 1. Go to File Explorer to find the username folder you want to delete and copy its path.

Step 2. Open the Run dialog, type regedit and hit Enter to launch Windows Registry.

Step 3. Paste the path in the navigation bar - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

locate ProfileList folder

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Step 4. Expand the ProfileList folder and browse your subkeys. Click each of them to look for ProfileImagePath. Double-click on it to check if the value data shows the User Profile. If it is associated with the User Profile you desire to delete, right-click it and choose Delete.

Way 2: Delete User Profile Windows 10 via Advanced System Properties

Step 1. Press Win + R to evoke the Run box, type systempropertiesadvanced and hit Enter.

open the Advanced tab of System Properties

Step 2. In the Advanced tab, hit Settings under User Profile.

Step 3. In the list, choose the User Profile you want to delete and press Delete.

Step 4. Confirm that you remove all the data in the desired user account.

What to do When the User Profile Service Failed the Logon?

Way 1: Check the User Profile Service Status in Safe Mode

Step 1. Click the gear icon to open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Restart now under Advanced startup.

Step 2. In the Choose an option screen, press Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.

Step 3. Press F4 to enable Safe Mode.

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Step 4. In Safe Mode, launch the Run dialog, type services.msc and hit Enter to open Services.

open Services

Step 5. Find User Profile Service and right-click on it to choose Properties in the drop-down menu.

Step 6. In General, set Startup type to Automatic and don’t forget to make sure that the Service status is running.

Step 7. Click on OK to apply the changes, exit Safe Mode, reboot your PC to see if the User Profile Service failed the logon issue is addressed.

Way 2: Delete SID and Create a New Profile Account

To solve the User Profile Service failed the logon issue, you can also choose to delete SID and create a new profile account.

Step 1. Boot your PC into Safe Mode.

Step 2. Press Win + S to open the search bar and type advanced system settings and tap on Enter.

Step 3. In the Advanced tab, choose Settings under User Profile.

open Settings in Safe Mode

Step 4. Choose the desired User Profile and hit Delete > OK.

Step 5. Open the Run dialog and type regedit and click on OK.

Step 6. Go to the following registry subkey and hit it.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Step 7. Click the folders that begin with S-1-5 and followed by a long number and check if it contains ProfileImagePath in the right pane. Right-click on the SID key you want to remove and hit Delete.

Step 8. Reboot your computer and create a new profile account to see if this error is gone.

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Now, you must master 3 ways to back up User Profile Windows 10. It is obvious that the latter 2 methods are suitable for experienced Windows users and the first method is both friendly to inexperienced and experienced computer users.    

If you have problems with these instructions above or you are curious about our professional backup tool -MiniTool ShadowMaker, welcome to leave a comment below or contact our support team via [email protected].

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