Finding older account images / profile pics


forneus

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Google has the album archives where I see all profile images previously uploaded. Is there a similar archive for all my Microsoft images? I need to find an older profile pic. Also, in which folder (hidden, I assume) does W11 store the local account images?
 

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in which folder (hidden, I assume) does W11 store the local account images?
No, not hidden at all, and accessible by everyone. All local account profile images are in C:\Users\Public\AccountPictures where there is a folder for each user that has set an account picture.
 

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No, not hidden at all, and accessible by everyone. All local account profile images are in C:\Users\Public\AccountPictures where there is a folder for each user that has set an account picture.
No such folder there, nor in Admin account. Also checked in AppData > Roaming. No images in AccountPictures. I assume it's somewhere in Microsoft online archive.

UPD. I didn't say it right - I'm signed in with my Microsoft account, not local. Maybe that is why? Still need to find that older image. It must be stored somewhere?
 
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No such folder there, nor in Admin account. Also checked in AppData > Roaming. No images in AccountPictures. I assume it's somewhere in Microsoft online archive.
That folder exists, as I said, for all local account profile images. If you sign in with a MS account then that would not apply. For a MS account there appears to be no online archive of previously uploaded pictures, just the option to replace the current one with a new one.

 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    4GB
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    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
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    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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You can also find the following Account Pictures folders, at least on my system:
"C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPicture"
"C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures"
"C:\Users\Public\AccountPictures"
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures"

All but the last may show files present using for example Treesize, but explorer will show the folders as empty and command will give access denied message as these files are hidden and protected status.
The last folder holds, in my case, the account picture assigned to my MS account and profile.
 

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