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Why can't users delete user pictures?

  1. #1


    Henrico, VA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Why can't users delete user pictures?


    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
    mpw1962

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  2. #2


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    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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  3. #3


    Henrico, VA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    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,

    Patrick
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  4. #4


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    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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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    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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  6. #6


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Well done Edwin mate
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10
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  8. #8


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    My God brink you have a tutorial for everything
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  9. #9


    Henrico, VA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    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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