How to delete a user account in Windows


Software: Windows 7, 8 & 10 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


Deleting a user account is permanent. Make sure that you create backups if you want to preserve the personal data of a user account!


Learn how to delete a user account in Windows with a few simple steps.

[Solution 1] Use the Settings app - Windows 10 only


  1. Open the Settings app and click Accounts.
  2. Click Family & other people.
  3. Select the user account you want to permanently delete and click Remove.
  4. Click Delete account and data to delete the user account.

[Solution 2] Use the Control Panel


  1. Open the Control Panel and click User Accounts.
  2. Open Add or remove user accounts and click Manage another account.
  3. Select the user account you want to delete and click Delete the account.
  4. Choose to either delete or keep the files and click Delete Account to finish the process.

[Solution 3] Use the Netplwiz panel


  1. Open Run and execute Netplwiz
  2. Tick the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer setting.
  3. Select the user account you want to delete and click Remove.
  4. Click Yes if you want to permanently delete this user account.

[Solution 4] Use the Command Prompt / PowerShell


  1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Execute net user "User" /delete
    Replace User with the name of the user account you want to delete.
  3. The message The command completed successfully will appear, confirming that the user account was deleted.

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