.USERTILE-MS File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .USERTILE-MS file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

USERTILE-MS File Recovery

What is a .USERTILE-MS file?

File used by the developer preview and release preview of Windows 8, and replaced by the .ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS format in the final Windows 8 release; saves the "user tile," which is the user's image that appears on the Start screen; often contains a stock image or a picture taken with the computer's webcam.

What Are Common Causes of ".USERTILE-MS" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes of ".USERTILE-MS" files lost or failure, including:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".USERTILE-MS" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's files and folders.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Problems with the operating system, software conflicts, or hardware failures can lead to the corruption or loss of ".USERTILE-MS" files.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage ".USERTILE-MS" files, rendering them inaccessible or corrupt.
  4. File system errors: Errors in the file system, such as disk errors or bad sectors, can cause ".USERTILE-MS" files to become lost or corrupted.
  5. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes while working with ".USERTILE-MS" files can result in data loss or file corruption.
  6. Improper file handling: Mishandling or improper file operations, such as forceful closing of applications or improper shutdowns, can lead to ".USERTILE-MS" file loss or failure.
  7. Upgrading or reinstalling operating system: During the process of upgrading or reinstalling the operating system, ".USERTILE-MS" files may be inadvertently deleted or overwritten.
  8. Human error: Users may accidentally move or rename ".USERTILE-MS" files, making them difficult to locate or causing them to be lost.
  9. Software bugs or glitches: Software bugs or glitches in applications that handle ".USERTILE-MS" files can result in file corruption or loss.
  10. Synchronization issues: Problems with file synchronization between devices or cloud storage services can lead to the loss or failure of ".USERTILE-MS" files.

How to recover lost ".USERTILE-MS" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".USERTILE-MS" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".USERTILE-MS" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".USERTILE-MS" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".USERTILE-MS" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".USERTILE-MS" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".USERTILE-MS" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo windows 8 User Tile File image file file?

Programs that open ".USERTILE-MS" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Windows 8 User Tile File

  • File extension: .USERTILE-MS

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Raster Image Files

  • Format: Binary


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of the ".USERTILE-MS Formats" file format?

    The ".USERTILE-MS Formats" file format does not exist in general. It seems like you may be referring to a specific file format associated with a particular software or system called "USERTILE-MS Formats." Without further context or information, it is difficult to determine the exact purpose of this file format. It is recommended to provide more details or consult the documentation or support resources related to the specific software or system you are referring to.

  • How are ".USERTILE-MS Formats" files created and accessed?

    ".USERTILE-MS Formats" files are created and accessed through the Microsoft Windows operating system. These files are typically associated with the Start Menu in Windows and contain information about the user's installed applications and their respective tiles.


    1. The creation of ".USERTILE-MS Formats" files is automatic and managed by Windows itself.
    2. When a user installs or pins an application to the Start Menu, Windows generates a ".USERTILE-MS Formats" file for that application.
    3. The file contains metadata such as the application's name, icon, and other relevant information.


    1. ".USERTILE-MS Formats" files are primarily accessed by the Windows Shell Experience Host (ShellExperienceHost.exe) process, responsible for managing the Start Menu and related user interface elements.
    2. The ShellExperienceHost.exe process reads the ".USERTILE-MS Formats" files to display the application tiles on the Start Menu.
    3. These files are typically stored in the following directory: %LocalAppData%MicrosoftWindowsUsrClass.dat{SID}SoftwareClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAppModelRepositoryPackages

    Note: The {SID} represents the user's Security Identifier, a unique identifier for each user account on the system.

    It's important to note that ".USERTILE-MS Formats" files are system files and are not meant to be directly accessed or modified by the user. Any modifications or deletions should be done through the Windows interface (e.g., uninstalling an application or unpinning tiles from the Start Menu).

  • Can ".USERTILE-MS Formats" be converted to other file formats? If yes, what are the available conversion options?

    ".USERTILE-MS Formats" is not a recognized file format. It is possible that the file extension is specific to a particular software or application. Without more information about the software or the purpose of the file, it is difficult to determine if it can be converted to other formats.

    If you can provide more details about the software or the context in which you encountered this file format, it would be easier to provide specific conversion options.

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