User Account - Delete in Windows 10

    User Account - Delete in Windows 10

    How to Delete a User Account in Windows 10
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    How to Delete a User Account in Windows 10

    information   Information
    You need a user account to use Windows, and if you share a single PC with other people, each person should have their own account. Each person can customize their account with their own settings and preferences, like a desktop background or screen saver. User accounts also help control which files and apps each person can use and what changes they can make to the PC.

    If you have a user account on your PC that is not being used, you can permanently remove it by deleting it.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to delete a user account to remove it from your Windows 10 PC.

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to delete a user account.

    You will not be able to delete a user account that is currently signed in. You will need to sign out the user first.

    Be sure to always have at least one enabled administrator account on the PC to avoid not being able to perform actions that require administrator rights.


    CONTENTS:






    User Account - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION ONE User Account - Delete in Windows 10
    How to Remove a User Account in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on Family & other users on the left side, click/tap on a user (ex: Example) you want to delete on the right side, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    4. Click/tap on Delete account and data to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    User Account - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION TWO User Account - Delete in Windows 10
    How to Delete a User Account in Control Panel

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    4. Click/tap on a user (ex: Example) you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on the Delete the account link. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on Delete Files or Keep Files for what you want to do with the user account's personal files. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on Delete Account to confirm. (see screenshots below)

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    8. When finished, you can close the Control Panel if you like.






    User Account - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION THREE User Account - Delete in Windows 10
    How to Delete a User Account in Local Users and Groups

    1. Open Local Users and Groups, and click/tap on the Users folder in the left pane to open it. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on a user (ex: Example) you want to delete in the middle pane to select it, click/tap on More Actions under the same user's name (ex: Example) in the right "Actions" pane, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    4. When finished, you can close the Local Users and Groups if you like.






    User Account - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR User Account - Delete in Windows 10
    How to Remove a User Account in Netplwiz

    1. Type netplwiz in the search box (Windows+S) in your Start menu or on your taskbar, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on a user (ex: Example) you want to delete, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If you set Windows to automatically sign in to a user account at startup, then you will need to set this again when finished.

    7. When finished, you can close Netplwiz if you like.






    User Account - Delete in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE User Account - Delete in Windows 10
    How to Delete a User Account in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter to see a list of all user account names on the PC. (see screenshot below)

    net users

    Note   Note
    The user names you see in the command prompt will be the same as the C:\Users\(user-name) profile folder of the user accounts.


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    3. Do step 4 or step 5 below depending on if the user is joined to a domain or not.


     4. To Delete a User Account

    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    net user "UserName" /delete

    Note   Note
    Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual user name from step 2 you want to delete.

    For example: net user "Example" /delete


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     5. To Delete a Domain User Account

    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below.

    net user "UserName" /delete /domain

    Note   Note
    Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual domain user name from step 2 you want to delete.

    For example: net user "Example" /delete /domain


    6. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    2016-04-07 #1

    All this information is ok!

    But doesn't work if the computer, when booted, goes right to the account you are try to delete!

    Tully
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-04-07 #2

    Hello Tully,

    Are you able to sign out and switch users (if available) to delete the account afterwards?
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  3. Joined : Aug 2014
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       2016-04-07 #3

    Is it possible to delete or change the name of the Administrators account
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       2016-04-07 #4

    meebers said: View Post
    Is it possible to delete or change the name of the Administrators account
    Hello meebers,

    Just to clarify, do you mean the built-in "Administrator", or just the other normal administrator accounts?

    If you have another administrator account to sign in to, then you can delete another administrator account.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2014
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       2016-04-07 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello meebers,

    Just to clarify, do you mean the built-in "Administrator", or just the other normal administrator accounts?

    If you have another administrator account to sign in to, then you can delete another administrator account.
    I am assuming the the administrator account that was created during the first time W10 was set up. (the one that appears on my desk top when signing in and is the default email address). Going to make an image :-) and try to configure it. Tx...
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-04-07 #6

    meebers,

    Yeah, that's just a dummy account provided by the OEM to setup Windows with. You could create a new account for yourself, sign out, sign in to the new account, then delete the old one.

    User Account - Add in Windows 10
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  7. Joined : Aug 2014
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       2016-04-07 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    meebers,

    Yeah, that's just a dummy account provided by the OEM to setup Windows with. You could create a new account for yourself, sign out, sign in to the new account, then delete the old one.



    User Account - Add in Windows 10
    Tx for the info and link!
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-04-07 #8

    Anytime.
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