This post describes to students and new users a thing or two about the user profile in Windows. In Windows, a user profile is a directory that contains settings and information related to a user. The profile directory can contain Desktop, Documents, and personal data such as application windows and preferences.

The files and settings for each profile are private to that particular user. Users cannot view another user’s profile, unless that user is an administrator or a member of the administrators group.

Each user will have a profile folder in the Users folder on the Windows system drive Local disk (C 🙂. At User folder, each account will have a profile folder name that is the same name as the account name.

For example, an account with the username Richard will have a profile folder in the C: Users directory called C: Richard users.

In Windows, environment variables are words that contain the value of something. A user profile path has a variable % USER PROFILE%. If you don’t know the name of your user profile, just type the environment variable for the profile in File Explorer and your profile folder will open.

How to find a user profile folder in Windows 11

As mentioned above, a user profile folder contains folders, settings, and preferences pertaining to each account in Windows. A user profile stored on a computer is often unique to the computer on which it is stored.

In some environments, a user profile is stored on a network server that allows user settings, folders, and preferences to be used on all computers the user logs on to so that there is a view and configuration consistent.

To view your profile on a computer, simply open File Explorer and select This PC ==> Local Disk (C 🙂 ==> Users file. The Users folder is where your user profile folder will be.

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If you are not sure what your username or your profile folder is, you can always access your profile folder using environment variable % USER PROFILE%.

In File Explorer, type the environment variable for the profile folder path and press Enter.

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When you do, you will find all your profile folders and configuration settings.

You should do that!


This post showed students and new users the steps to find their user profile folder in Windows. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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