Windows 10 – How to Remove Account Picture

 
Past many days, I was thinking to remove my Account Picture in Windows 10 and wanted to get back the default one. But all my efforts went in vain because I ended up in changing the picture rather than removing it. I searched everywhere and learned that Windows 10 bestows you a location where the images used by you as User Account Picture are stored and from there the old ones can be wiped off.

 

Alternatively, if you don’t desire to use any attracting images, the OS allows you to get back the default User Account Picture. Hence, concentrating on these two cases, we will pen down the steps of How to Remove Account Picture and also How to Get Default User Account Picture in Windows 10.

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How to Remove Account Picture in Windows 10

  • Get into This PC window and open the C: Drive where your Windows operating system is installed. If you have it on another drive then get into it.

local disc c

  • Double-click the View option of the Menu Bar and make sure to select the checkbox which is for Hidden Items.

enable hidden items

  • After enabling the Hidden Items box, you can view the secret or hidden folders with a glass like look of the C: Drive on your screen.
  • The OS stores all the user account pictures in a secret location. So the above steps will enable you to follow the below path and see the contents.

    C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

  • All the earlier used pictures will be seen there. Hence, delete the unrequired ones.

Old Account Pictures to delete

  • Alternatively, instead of doing so many adjustments, you can directly copy and paste the below path in the File Explorer or on Run command

    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

  • This will also fetch you the same location without going through any modifications for the hidden places.
  • Now, opt for undesirable photographs and tap on Delete button.
  • Done!!!

How to Get Default User Account Picture in Windows 10

  • Choose the Hidden items cell as penned in the above section in order to avail the secret locations.
  • Spread out This PC and move ahead with the C: Drive.
  • Open the Program Data folder by double clicking on it.

program data folder

  • Under the ProgramData window, go to Microsoft folder.

microsoft folder

  • Now you are into the main area from where you will get the default account picture. Look for the folder User Account Pictures. Open when you find it.

Remove Account Picture

  • This new window of User Accounts Pictures has default Account Pictures. Take a look at the pictures and select the required one. Right click on the picture and choose Copy from the context menu to copy the picture.

Remove Account Picture

  • After copying the picture, get back to the Desktop, right-click on an empty area and paste the picture by selecting the Paste option. You can even save it to another easily accessible location.

Remove Account Picture

  • Now, you have to alter the currently assigned image of your account and for doing so you need to unveil the Start Menu and then prefer Settings app.

Remove Account Picture

  • Get an entry into the Accounts category.

Remove Account Picture

  • When you are into the Your info section, on the right pane of it you can view a Browse for one button just below your Account Picture.

Remove Account Picture

  • Click on the Browse for one button and go to your Desktop or to the location where you pasted the default Account Picture that you have copied on earlier steps.
  • Select the Default Account Picture and hit Choose Picture button. That’s it, your work is done!

Remove Account Picture

CONCLUSION

I hope this post will be very useful for those who wish to remove their account pictures get back their default account picture. Sometimes while sharing the system I become quite uncomfortable when others look into my account picture. And not to face any such awkward moment I decided to get back to the default account picture. I request my readers to share this piece of knowledge with everyone who needs them because at the end Sharing is Caring!

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    24 thoughts on “Windows 10 – How to Remove Account Picture

    1. REALLY GREAT HELP!!!
      CHEERS!!!

    2. I take it back. It was a hidden folder issue. Now I removed a picture I wasn’t supposed to have on the rented laptop. Now I don’t have to worry about it no more.

    3. I don’t have the Microsoft folder and my c: drive says OS. I NEED ANOTHER DAMN WAY!!

    4. Thank you, thank you thank you!! I have been trying for days weeks to get these pics removed its been making me crazzzzy!! U R AWESOME for giving us this information. Thanks smarty pants…LOL

    5. A lot of people have been saying this but again thanks soooo much. I’ve been trying for weeks to get my picture off. I’m making presentations, and it is uncomfortable to me that my face comes up on the screen whenever I’m logging in.
      Bless you!!!

    6. Wow, so helpful. I was trying for THREE HOURS to find where that damn picture was stored! After reading your simple instructions, I was rid of it in 30 seconds! I definitely never would have found it without your help.

      Many thanks and warmest regards,

      Alexander

    7. Chander Singh Kami says:

      Thank you very much for your support 🙂

    8. Found at
      C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Default Account Pictures

    9. Hi Ivan. The folder definitely has the pic. Go to the folder via the command %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

    10. I don’t see pictures in this folder, I see just predefined icons without real image.
      http://imgur.com/Lpb0nHk

    11. Thank you, Frank. This has been driving me insane for a couple of hours now. What a RIDICULOUS oversight not to have an easy delete picture option!!

    12. Thank you very much Thompson for your valuable complement.

    13. Mike Thompson says:

      Great stuff, you’re a star! Makes me think MS are trying to control us! So irritating.

    14. Your answer to my problem was very simple and direct. In just three steps, it was done. That long drawn out instruction that Windows 10 gave, I had to write it down. I am very glad for people like you that offer simple solutions to a very worrying problem. Thank you very much as I had more than one picture trying to correct the problem, I thought that I could delete the picture by right clicking it, or that one picture would replace another. Windows 10 should have that feature of replacing your Account picture with another.

    15. Hello HJ, Press Window button and R jointly. Copy %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures and paste in the run dialog box. Hit Enter button or Click Ok..

    16. I have the same problem, I do not have a user account pictures under microsoft.The account is the “administrator” and the photo is on the welcome screen. I do not want a photo there. How can I remove it? Where do one use this: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures
      Thanks a lot

    17. Thanks Mr Frank,nice.

    18. I deleted Account Pictures by mistake, picture is still there. Is there a way for me to get that file Account Pictures back?

    19. thanks its brilliant

    20. Amazing Frank, cheers.

    21. Thank you! I just installed Windows 10 and inadvertently put the wrong picture in the account profile. I couldn’t believe that Microsoft made it nearly impossible for the average user to delete the stored pictures. Are they harvesting them? What a goofy thing to do to unsuspecting customers. 🙁

    22. Thank you so much, Frank.

    23. You can delete your photo in the account settings for windows 10 using the string below:

      Your recent user account pictures (last two) are stored in the hidden folder below.

      %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

      Once your there, right click on the photo you want to delete.

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