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

If you changed your Windows 8.1 user account picture, that is, the avatar several times, the images you used will be shown on the right side of your user account settings.
Avatar Cache
If you don't plan to use them again, there is no reason to keep them there. But Windows 8.1 provides no way to remove unused user pictures. Here is very simple way to delete unused user images.

  1. In File Explorer, type the following in the address bar:
    C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures

    Replace the "YOUR USER NAME" text with your actual user name, i.e. for my PC it should be


    Alternatively, you can type just this:


    This is a bit shorter, but will give the required result.

  2. The following folder will appear on the screen:
    Delete all the images you do not want to see in your personalization settings.

That's it! Your user picture cache is clean now.

Bonus tip: If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed on another partition on your PC, you can go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures (replace C:\ with the drive letter of your Windows 7 or Vista partition). From there you can copy all the account images to the new Windows 8 location at %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures.

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14 thoughts on “How to remove previously used user picture avatar images in Windows 8.1

    1. K

      Hi, I removed the images in one area by typing in ‘%appdata%…’ as suggested, but the images were still showing on my account profile pics. One I restarted the computer, all extra images were gone, with the one main one selected still remaining. Then I retook another photo and selected that as the main profile picture. (I may have typed the ‘%appdata%…’ again). Now there is only one photo in my profile, the last one I took. Yay – much better!

  1. tom

    thanks for this, it worked…however I have noticed it is still showing up as i go into ‘This PC’ and under the ‘Homegroup’ icon on the left hand side. Is there a remedy for this too?


    well it worked for me but i had to do two different methods and after that i shutdown my computer and on it again and the previous user account picture was gone ,do this is how i did it
    first i followed the step this steps
    =go to This PC or MY COMPUTER on the desktop (this pc is what it look like on my computer )
    =double click on the C drive and you will need to go to the top bar and on View you have to click and then check the box with hidden items ,after you have done that a new list of folders will appear
    = then click on Program Data and then
    =click on Microsoft and the
    =click on Default Account Pictures (here you will see some blank pics and then select all of them and them delete and you will be prompted to force to do it and by this you have to click on CONTINUE and this will delete all the blank face picture.
    =after this is done open file explore and type in this %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures and then
    = all the pictures that were ever used as account picture will appear ,now choose the ones you want to delete and delete them,and then
    =go to the Recycle Bin and empty it and then shout down your computer and then on it again ……

  3. camille

    thanks for the help. the first one didnt work for mine even if i changed it but the second one did so thank you :)


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