Remove User Picture from Account Pictures

#1
I want to remove a picture selection from the 'Choose a new picture for your account' window which is not a 'default picture' but was added from a user. I cannot find where the added picture is located so I can remove it. It is not in the user account pictures/default pictures directory, nor is it located in the user's picture directory where it originally was since I have erased it.
 


MikeHawthorne

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Microsoft Community Contributor
#2
Hi

I think they are stored in a .dat file at...

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

I don't have any idea how you could modify the .dat file to remove the unwanted picture.

There is a copy of it at...

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\username.bmp

But I don't know if deleting this will remove it from the selection screen. I don't think it will but it's worth a shot.

Mike

I edited the address and now it's putting a space after the m in bmp!
Before I edited it the space was in a different location thought maybe in the same location in the line.
Weird!
 


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#3
>I think they are stored in a .dat file at...
>C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

My .dat file is a 0 byte file... nothing there.

>I don't have any idea how you could modify the .dat file to remove the unwanted picture.
>There is a copy of it at...
>C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\username.bmp

I have no such file on my system.

>But I don't know if deleting this will remove it from the selection screen. I don't think it will but it's worth a shot.


Thanks for taking a shot at it though.

Roy
 


Saltgrass

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Microsoft Community Contributor
#4
If you go to the User area to change the picture, on the bottom it has a "Browse for more Pictures" option. Click on that and then on the resulting screen, see if the picture is there. If it is, the Pictures Library shows the locations of the pictures, or at least what folder they are in. This info might help to narrow down where the picture is.

Or you could try just searching for *.jpg or other image types. A search for my picture shows only one occurrence in My Pictures folder. But there may be another copy using a different name.

If you are looking for things like this, make sure you have the folder options set to see hidden and system files.
 


#5
If you go to the User area to change the picture, on the bottom it has a "Browse for more Pictures" option. Click on that and then on the resulting screen, see if the picture is there. If it is, the Pictures Library shows the locations of the pictures, or at least what folder they are in. This info might help to narrow down where the picture is.

Or you could try just searching for *.jpg or other image types. A search for my picture shows only one occurrence in My Pictures folder. But there may be another copy using a different name.

If you are looking for things like this, make sure you have the folder options set to see hidden and system files.
I have erased the 'original' picture. When I go to browse for other images it just doesn't show the picture at all... but it is still on the original page. I suspect there is a file it has been imported into but just don't know what that file is. I have also searched for the picture and haven't found it.
 


MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
#6
Hi

When I used Browse for more pictures my selected picture (the one I was using) disappeared and the new one I selected replaced it both as my default picture and on the selection page.

As far as I can see there is no sign of it now.

I had to go back to my original and import it again.
It then replace the one I had used to replace it on the selection page.

Mike
 


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#7
Hi

When I used Browse for more pictures my selected picture (the one I was using) disappeared and the new one I selected replaced it both as my default picture and on the selection page.

As far as I can see there is no sign of it now.

I had to go back to my original and import it again.
It then replace the one I had used to replace it on the selection page.

Mike
As always... sometimes the answer is right there in front of one... just the right combination of keystrokes. <grin> I simply changed pictures to another default picture and the system apparently rescanned and corrected for the missing picture, i.e. it erased it. Just browsing didn't do the job but selecting another picture and changing the picture did do it. Now I only have pictures that still exist on the drive. I went back in and selected the picture that I had browsed for my own icon and I'm good to go. Thank you very much!
 


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