The File Extensions Database


  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Raster Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS file?

.ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS is Windows 8 Account Picture File

File used by the Windows 8 operating system; saves the user's account picture, which is the image that appears on the Windows 8 Start screen in the upper right-hand corner; often contains a picture of the person captured with the computer's webcam.

In Windows 8, you can modify your account picture by clicking on your username in the upper-right hand corner of the Start screen and then choosing "Change account picture" from the drop down menu. From the Personalize window that appears, you can either choose an image file by clicking the Browse button, or you can take a picture with your webcam by selecting the Camera option.

ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS files are saved in a proprietary format and cannot be viewed with a standard image viewer. They are located in the following directory:


NOTE: During the Windows 8 beta, Microsoft used the .USERTILE-MS extension for account pictures. These files were referred to as "user tiles." However, Microsoft adopted the term "account picture" for the final release version of Windows 8.

Programs that open Windows 8 Account Picture File
Microsoft Windows

How to solve problems with ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS files

  • Associate the ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS is Windows 8 Account Picture File. Because only the current version supports the latest ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS is Windows 8 Account Picture File update.
  • To make sure that your ACCOUNTPICTURE-MS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.