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Solved Why can't users delete user pictures?


mpw1962

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#1
It is astounding to me that Microsoft would not allow users to delete a user picture, if the user didn't want one at the logon screen.

What possible reason is there to disallow deleting the picture. I know you can create a blank jpg, use a different picture, but why not just eliminate the user picture. A choice to get rid of that bad decision some of us make in testing and trying things is just too puzzling to let go.

Windows, do us a favor and listen.

Thanks,

Patrick
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#2
Hello there, Welcome.

Windows, do us a favor and listen
Listen to what or who?

How to remove previously used user picture/avatar images in Windows 8.1

If you don't want them anymore try this:

In File Explorer, type the following in the address bar (or just click folders until you get to it):

C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

Replace the "YOUR USER NAME" text with your actual user name.

Easiest way, you can hit winkey+S & type this

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

hit enter.

delete pictures.
 

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mpw1962

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#3
Deleting your logon pictures.

I used the %appdata% solution to which you referred and it does not work. I still see the picture, even though the picture is not in that folder any longer. I have rebooted and tried several times now.

Thanks,

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#4
Apparently cached somewhere, I just tried it, although all past images are no longer available for me to select in settings, the cached image remains.
Lets see if we cant get someone to show us where.
 

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Edwin

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#5
After you delete the image files from C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures
go to C:\Users\Public\PublicAccountPictures and delete the folder with the long number.
(you have to show 'hidden files' and take Ownership of the folder)
 

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Well done Edwin mate ;)
 

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My God brink you have a tutorial for everything :p
 

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mpw1962

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#9
Well, I went to the location and couldn't change it from read only, so I just renamed it OLD and it worked. The picture was gone. So essentially it's a two step process.

Thanks and thanks!
 

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