Windows 10: Can I delete temporary User Profiles and folders from Users directory?

Discus and support Can I delete temporary User Profiles and folders from Users directory? in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; I am trying to determine whether I can delete TEMP User Profiles. One of my Win 10 Pro machines was updated to Version 1903 last night. After rebooting... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by WalterH, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. WalterH Win User

    Can I delete temporary User Profiles and folders from Users directory?


    I am trying to determine whether I can delete TEMP User Profiles. One of my Win 10 Pro machines was updated to Version 1903 last night. After rebooting and trying to log in, I received the message "The User Profile Service service failed the sign-in." I was about the try repairing the registry but decided to just do several reboots. For some reason, this fixed the sign-in issue. However, now I notice that four temporary User Profiles were created, all starting with TEMP.

    Can I delete temporary User Profiles and folders from Users directory? [​IMG]

    Looking at the registry entries in ProfileList, I see the entry ending in 1001 (which is for user haisler) and the one ending in 1003 (which is for user adminwh), and these look OK and work OK for sign-in. So my sign-in problem is fixed. None of the entries in the ProfileList are connected to the TEMP user profiles.

    Can I delete temporary User Profiles and folders from Users directory? [​IMG]

    Looking at folders/files stored for the User profiles starting with TEMP (like Desktop, Documents, etc), I don't see any files there the are connected to the main user (haisler).

    So Questions: Is it safe to delete the four folders starting with TEMP in the Users directory? Is there any other step that needs to be taken to delete these four User Profiles and associated files?

    :)
     
    WalterH, Jul 25, 2019
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  2. Temporary user deleted all my files. windows 10

    Hi Nicolai,

    A temporary user account occurs when the profile gets corrupted. To isolate your concern, we'd like to ask the following questions:

    • Can you still access the temporary user account?
    • Are you able to access your main account?
    • Did you save the files on the Documents folder?

    The files are saved in a temporary folder. To check if the files are still in the :

    • Open File Explorer and double-click the C drive.
    • Open the Users folder.
    • The Users folder contains all the accounts including the temporary user account that was created. Check the contents of these folders until you find the files you are looking for.

    Let us know if you'll be able to find the files on your computer.
     
    Kristoffer Abs, Jul 25, 2019
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  3. User Lost. Temporary profile Win10

    Hi Antonio,

    I realize that the Temporary profile is gone from Windows 10 pc. I will try to help you with this issue.

    Please answer these questions to get more clarity on this issue:


    • Did you make any changes to the pc prior to this issue?

    • Did you create that Temporary user profile?

    • Was that Temporary profile a standard account or the Microsoft account?

    Reply to us with more information to help you further.
     
    Srimadhwa B, Jul 25, 2019
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  4. Can I delete temporary User Profiles and folders from Users directory?

    How to completely delete the files and folders of the corrupted profile and rename the same user profile name in the newly created user profile in Windows 10?

    Hello Ian,



    Thank you for posting on Microsoft Community. We will assist you in resolving the issue.



    Method 1: You can delete the files and folders from the corrupted user from
    File explorer by following the steps below:




    • Press Windows logo + E keys on the keyboard to open
      File explorer.

    • Click on This PC located at the left side panel of the window to open the drives of the PC.

    • Go to users folder by opening the
      C: drive.

    • From users folder, locate the user folder you want to delete and
      press Shift + Delete keys on the keyboard.

    • After the process is complete, close the window and check if the files and folders are deleted.


    Method 2: I suggest you to refer to the suggestion by
    Annu Singh from the link below to rename the user profile and check if it helps.

    Rename User Account Folder in Windows 10 Preview



    Write back to us with the status of the issue on the same post for further assistance. Your reply is most important for us to ensure we assist you accordingly.



    Thank you.
     
    Likhitha V, Jul 25, 2019
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