When a computer is used by many, it results in multiple Windows accounts. Some are used frequently, while some are not so much. At some point, you will need to delete a user profile, primarily if they are not used at all or if it’s taking a lot of space. In this post, I will show you how to delete a User Account in Windows 11/10. We will also share how to backup existing profile data and files wherever necessary.
What happens when you delete a User Account?
All user accounts data is available in a folder inside C:\Users. The folder name will be the same as the name of the user. You can verify the exact name of the user by executing “net user” command on PowerShell or Command Prompt. When you delete a user account, this folder along with everything inside is deleted.
How to take a backup of User files?
The best way to take a backup is to copy the folder to an external drive or other partition. Later you can go through it, and keep whatever is necessary, and delete the rest. Here is how a typical user folder looks.
You can navigate to each folder, and copy whatever you like. Some of the potential folders are Desktop, Downloads, Pictures, Music, etc.
How to delete a User Account in Windows 11/10
There are two ways by which you can delete a User Account in Windows 10:
- Windows Account Settings
- Using Control Panel.
Let us take a look at them in detail.
1] Delete User Account via Windows Accounts Settings
To delete User Account via Settings, follow the given steps.
- Open Settings by Win + I.
- Go to Accounts and then click Family & other users.
- Now, select the user that you want to remove, and click Remove from the Account and data section.
- Finally, select Delete account and data and you will be good to go.
This is how you can remove a User account or Microsoft account on Windows 11 computer.
Note: You can not remove Microsoft Account if you don’t have another Local or Microsoft account configured on that computer.
- Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users
- Select the account you want to delete and click on Remove button
- It will open a confirmation window and display a warning message, along with “Delete account & data” or Cancel button.
- Click on the Delete account and data button to remove the user.
The warning is about the deletion of data of the user. When you remove an account, it will delete all the user data, including items like Desktop, Documents, Photos, Music, and other folders. If you haven’t backed up, there will be no way to recover those files.
2] Delete User Account using Command line
If you are deleting multiple user accounts, using the Command Prompt or PowerShell is efficient.
Open Command Prompt or PowerShell with admin privileges
Type the following and press the Enter key:
It will reveal the exact usernames on the computer.
net user <username> /delete
It will delete the account and all the data without any warning. Remember to replace <username> with the name of the user account.
When using the Command Prompt or PowerShell, be very careful that you do not end up deleting an incorrect account.
3] Using Control Panel in Windows 11/10
To delete Local or Microsoft Account via Control Panel in Windows 11, follow the given steps.
- Open Control Panel from the Start Menu.
- Click User Accounts. Make sure that your View by is set to Categories.
- Now, click Remove user accounts.
- Select the Account you want to remove and then click Delete the account.
- Finally, click Delete files.
Hopefully, now you know how you can remove accounts from your system.
I hope the tutorial was easy to understand and helped you not only to delete a user account in Windows 11/10 but also take a backup of files of that account.
What is the difference between Microsoft Account and Local Account?
Local Account and Microsoft Account are somewhat similar. Local Account is like another instance of Windows on your system, which will have its own Settings configuration. Whereas, Microsoft Account will add some Microsoft features such as Xbox, Word, etc. It will also sync your configuration, so, you can use the same settings on a different system. To know more, go through Local Account vs Microsoft Account, a detailed comparison.