About 2 days ago, I was thinking of removing files I no longer use from my computer. I got carried away and emptied the user profiles’ folder. I later learned that my user profiles have disappeared. I want to know whether it is possible to undelete profile. I will appreciate your help, guys.
What happens if a user profile is deleted? Once a user profile has been deleted, you won't be able to log on to your user account and access the data on your computer. Then can you recover the deleted user profile in Windows? The answer is positive. In this article, we will show you the various methods you can use to undelete profile. Before we show you the solutions you can use, let’s see some of the causes of user profile deletion.
There might be different reasons for profile deletion or loss. Here are some situations:
The Microsoft feature update for Windows 10 released in October 2018 had numerous bugs. One of the bugs caused the automatic deletion of users’ personal files and the data stored in the user profile folders. If you have not updated your Windows 10 since the October 2018 feature update, there is a chance that the bugs are the reasons your profile disappeared.
2. Accidental Deletion
You could delete the files associated with user profile by mistake. For example, when you are cleaning up your computer.
These could corrupt the user profile data. Also, they could delete some of the data associated with the user profile.
If you have accidentally deleted the user profile in File Explorer, it will be moved into Recyle Bin. You can restore the user profile to its original location. But the precondition is that you need to log on to the computer with another administrator account or enable safe mode. If unluckily you have emptied the Recycle Bin or permanently deleted the user profile, you can turn to a data recovery program or check the other 2 methods below.
This method will only offer you ideal results if you had created a restore point on your computer before the user profile got deleted. The steps below will help you implement the solution:
Step 1. Boot the computer from the Windows 10 installation/setup disc. After your computer boots, select your preferred language and then hit the Next button.
Step 2. On the next screen, choose “Repair your computer”.
Step 3. Select Troubleshoot > click Advanced options > select System Restore.
Step 4. Select Windows 10 on the next screen.
Step 5. On the System Restore wizard, hit the Next button.
Step 6. Select the point before you deleted the user profile (check the date and time to confirm) and then hit Next.
Step 7. Click finish and then hit Yes.
Step 8. Wait for the system restore process to complete. After the process finishes, simply restart the computer. Your missing profile should be available.
If you have enabled the built-in backup feature in Windows, you can restore the deleted user profile from its previous versions.
Here is how to do it:
Step 1. Open the Explorer Window and select partition C:
Step 2. Right-click on the Users folder and then choose “Restore previous versions”.
Step 3. Choose the Previous Versions tab and check to see if the deleted user profile is available.
Step 4. Select the required profile and then open it. Select Restore to undelete profile.
The solutions outlined above will only work if you had created a restore point or enabled the inbuilt backup feature before the profile got deleted. However, we still find that some Windows users say the 2 solutions failed to undelete the user profile.
In this circumstance, what you need is a powerful and effective data recovery utility. AnyRecover is such a tool that can help you find the permanently deleted user profile and recover it. The tool has been trusted and recommended by millions of users.
Now, let's check the main features of AnyRecover:
It adopts all-round scan and deep scan to find your deleted data, which greatly shorten the scanning time and ensure a 98% success rate.
The tool can also extract all the data from your computer if you're unable to login with another account or enable safe mode.
It can scan and recover more than 1000 file types, including documents, photos, videos, emails, archives, etc.
The software is 100% secure to use as it does not overwrite the original data.
It's totally free to scan and preview your data. Furthermore, you can recover 3 files with the free trial.
Note: It's recommended not to write data to your computer once the user profile has been deleted, since the deleted data will be overwritten easily. AnyRecover is free to scan data, you can download it to check whether it can find the deleted files.
How to Undelete Profile Using AnyRecover?
Step 1 After launching AnyRecover on your computer, select the location where your user profile resided before it got deleted.
Step 2 After selecting the location, hit “Start” button to start scanning.
Step 3 After the scan, your lost files should be displayed. Preview the files and select the ones you would like to recover. To get the files back, hit the “Recover” button.
If your Windows user profile has disappeared, the solutions outlined in this article should come in handy. If solution 1 and 2 fail to help you undelete profile, you should try AnyRecover. Unlike solution 1 and 2 which require the computer to have a restore point or backup, AnyRecover will help you recover your user profile without the need for a backup or a restore point.
By James Crawford , to Deleted Files Recovery
Updated on Dec 03, 2020