What is profile file? A profile file is a start-up file of an UNIX user, like the autoexec. bat file of DOS. When a UNIX user tries to login to his account, the operating system executes a lot of system files to set up the user account before returning the prompt to the user.
Where are Windows profiles stored? A set of profile folders stored in the file system. User-profile files are stored in the Profiles directory, on a folder per-user basis. The user-profile folder is a container for applications and other system components to populate with sub-folders, and per-user data such as documents and configuration files.
How do I access Windows profile? You can open it from the Start menu (Windows System → File Explorer). Or, press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + E (hold down the Windows key and press E). Click in the location bar. Type %USERPROFILE% and press Enter .
What causes a corrupted user profile? Causes of a Corrupt User Profile in Windows 10
Failed Windows Updates. Compromised system or user files. Corrupted user account active directory. Damaged hard drive file system caused by power outages, disk write errors or virus attacks.