Delete windows 8.1 account picture

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  1. badrobot

    badrobot Senior Member

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    Go to account.live.com and change your account picture there. I just tested it and my pictures changed instantly on both my Win 8.1 PC and tablet.

    mspic.
     
  2. Chrissyboy

    Chrissyboy New Member

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    Thanks for your suggestion Badrobot, it's much appreciated but I had already done that, it didn't work for me, I had the right image on the left hand side of the live page but the icon in the corner was still the old image. In the end I had to edit the image both online and locally and I'm still left with other images that I have never used as account pictures or wallpaper in the list when I change images. Windows seems to have borrowed random pics from my skydrive and "suggested" them. Odd. This is broken and needs fixing. If I wanted an OS with the bonnet [hood] welded shut I would buy a Mac ;)
     
  3. badrobot

    badrobot Senior Member

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    Are you using local account or microsoft account? You need to login on your ms account on your pc.

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  4. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    I'm still running Windows 8, and I'm using a local account.
    The less I connect with Microsoft when I use my computer the better as far as I'm concerned.

    It sounds like once again Microsoft has made things harder to do.

    All I have to do to change my account picture is go to PC Settings Personalize, Account Picture and hit Browse.
    Whatever I pick appears as my new account picture.

    [​IMG]

    I don't know why they want to make things more complicated.

    Mike
     
  5. Jaime Girissom

    Jaime Girissom New Member

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    Found it, Windows 8.1, simply go to:
    C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows
    Right click on the picture you want deleted and select delete.
    I don't know about anyone else but I'm starting to get used to Windows 8.1
    Microsoft might be on the right track, Windows 8.1 is faster and intuitive.
    You don't need to be a genius to use this OS.
    PS: to see the pictures, you need to open the file location with the search bar; type account picture in the search bar and the file location will show. Open the file and you will see the pictures.
    You cannot see the pictures if you try opening the file via the computer tab.
    Hope this helps.
     
  6. XXdose

    XXdose New Member

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    How to change your account picture back to its default:

    1. Go to "This PC"
    2. Click on "Windows C:"
    3. Type in "Default Picture" in the search bar.
    4. Click on "Default Account Pictures"
    5. Click on the "View" tab and then the "Large icons" button
    6. Copy the default account image named "user" to desktop.
    7. Go to start screen.
    8. Right click your profile picture located on top right corner of start screen.
    9. Click "Change Account Picture"
    10. Open "Browse" button
    11. Look for the picture you just copied on to your desktop.
    12. Select the picture.
    13. Your account picture should be back to the default picture.

    See how easy that was. And it only took 13 steps and 45 minutes worth of research.
     
    #26 XXdose, Oct 18, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2014
  7. micnolmad

    micnolmad New Member

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    Short version:
    Open Explorer, unhide "hidden folders"
    Go to "C:\ProgramData", search for user.png
    Copy the user.png file to your desktop or more future proof, to "C:\Users\Public\Pictures"
    Go back to the [user account settings] and change it from the location you put it.
     

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