How to restore the default user picture avatar in Windows 10

Once you have changed your user picture (avatar) in Windows 10, the image which was shown by default will not appear in the pictures list. It is not clear to the user what to do to set the default image back for his user account. Here is a quick way to do it.

To restore the default user picture avatar in Windows 10, you need to perform these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to Accounts -> Your Account.
  3. Click the Browse button under your current user avatar.
  4. In the Open dialog which will appear on the screen, enter the following in the address bar:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

    Then press Enter.

There, you will be able to pick the default user image:

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

13 thoughts on “How to restore the default user picture avatar in Windows 10”

  1. Hello Sergey! I’m facing the error that i can’t launch from the desktop the personalization and resolution settings in Windows 10 RTM(build 10240) It says this: “ms-settings:display cannot be launched.” for resolution settings, and “ms-settings:personalization-background cannot be launched.” for personalization settings. I’ve wrote these both “links” into Edge and it worked. How i can fix it?
    P.S. I’m sorry for spamming because of this long comment.

  2. I tried it but it said windows error. It say: Account picture failed. Setting the account picture failed. please try again.
    Please help me

    1. This is exactly the same problem that I am having. Any help form someone would be greatly appreciated.

      Also, when I go to:


      to delete my current profile picture there is no file, yet my profile picture still appears. Anyone have ideas as to what could be the problem?

  3. Hi. I am a person who live in South Korea using Windows 10. (My express may seem strange, but I hope you understand me because I am still a high school student.) Straightforwardly, I wanna know “How to make the account picture transprent”. I mean. When you upgrade to Windows 10 for the first time and start it, the account picture becomes transparent enough to see the photos behind the screen. You know what I mean? For your information, I made the first update of Windows 10. Though I am living in another country, I believe you give me definite and clear answers.

  4. It is not really converted to the default image. On sign in, unchanged profile pic appears translucent, mine is so opaque!!! Do you have a better solution??

  5. Thank you, it worked!

    For anyone who, like me, is bothered by the fact that even after restoring the account picture, the previously set one still shows up on the “Your account” tab: go to “%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures”. Your previously used account pictures are stored there, just delete the ones you no longer want to see.

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