Sometimes the little things can be the most disturbing. Having to choose from several user accounts each time you log into your Windows could be a pain especially when you no longer need of the other accounts listed on your login screen. This article shows two possible ways to delete user accounts from Windows 10 computers. This could come in handy in such situations where you no longer need such user accounts and you don’t want to constantly have to go through this account selection screen each time you get to your login screen.
This is also a way to free up some disk space because when you delete a user account, Windows automatically delete all data associated with such an account. This obviously implies that if you still need the files and folders associated with any of the accounts you intend to delete, then you first need to back up such files and folders before proceeding with this process. I will show you how to do that in a moment.
So from the above image, I have three user accounts, EasyTechs, User1, and User2. I will be deleting the User1 and User2 accounts using the first and second methods respectively. Now obviously deleting a user account is an administrative process, as such, you will need to have access to an administrative account on the computer to be able to complete this process. Here the EasyTechs account is an administrative account so I will use it to delete the other two accounts.
Before that, here’s how to quickly backup files and folders from any user account before deleting such accounts.
First, open your file explorer.
Then, This PC.
Open your Local disk, usually the drive C.
And here you should have the folders for each user account you currently have on the computer.
Simply open each folder, and that should grant you access to that user directory, so you can copy out any files or folders associated to that user account.
METHOD 1: From System Settings
With that, the first method would be through the Windows settings. Here I will be deleting the User1 account. To do that, from the start menu, click on the gear icon to open your Windows settings.
On the settings page, click on “Accounts”.
In the account settings page, click on Family and Other Users.
And here under Other users, you should see the User accounts on your computer other than the account you are currently signed into. So here I have the User1 and User2 accounts.
To delete the User1 account, I will first click on it to have it selected.
Then click on the Remove button, and that should pop up a blue dialog box like this asking if you want to delete the account and data.
It further reminds you that deleting this account will remove all data associated with the account. This includes all files and folders. So again if you still need any of such files or folders, ensure you first make a backup if you need to before proceeding with this process. Here I will click on Delete account and data. And that should immediately start deleting the selected user account.
The time required to complete this process depends on the amount of data associated to the user account. Afterwards, you should observe that the user account is no longer listed under the Other users’ section, so with that, I have successfully deleted the User1 account.
METHOD 2: From Command Line
The second method will be through the command line. This could be a little faster if you have several user accounts to delete. For this again you need to be logged in to an admin account. Then go to Windows search and type “cmd”, then from the search result, right-click on the Command prompt app and select, “Run as administrator”.
Hit yes on the user account control, and then you should have the command line terminal pop up. Here you want to first check and see what user accounts you currently have on your computer. To do that type “net user” and press Enter.
Here as you can see I have the EasyTechs and the User2 accounts currently on my computer.
To delete the User2 account, I will type in “net user User2 /delete” (Where User2 is the user account to be deleted).
Now before you hit enter, please note that the command line method does not ask for additional verification before deleting a user account, unlike in the initial method. Here as soon as you hit enter the user account together with all associated files and folder will be deleted automatically, so do ensure you have your backups if necessary. Then come back here, type in the above command, and hit enter to delete the intended account.
Afterwards, type in net user once again and press Enter to confirm that the user account has been deleted.
Here as you can see, I no longer have the User2 account on the list here, so with that I have successfully deleted the User2 account together with all associated files and folders.
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The following video demonstrates the solutions in this tutorial.