The Correct Way to Delete a User Account in Windows 10

If you have a user account in your personal computer that you no longer use, then why not delete it to avoid more confusion when it comes to user account maintenance and running around your PC?

3 Things to Remember when Deleting User Accounts

There are three things to remember in this process.  

  1. You must be signed in as administrator in order to delete user accounts.
  2. You cannot delete an account currently in used; thus, you need to sign out of that user to begin with.
  3. Ensure that you have one or two administrator account on the computer to perform deletion of inactive users.

4 Ways to Remove Users

Depending on your skill and convenience, you can choose from these methods to delete a user account.


1. Settings – go to settings then click on the Accounts icon then click or tap on Family and other users found on the left side, click a user name you want to delete then click on remove. If there is UAC prompt, click or tap yes, then click or tap on Delete account and date for your confirmation.


2. Control Panel – go to the Control Panel, then click the User account icon, and tap Manage another account. If prompted, choose Yes, then click on a specific user name to delete. Then finish the process by clicking or tapping Delete the account to confirm.


3. Local Users or Groups – go to Local and Users Groups then click on the Users Folders, tap user name to delete, click More Actions under the same user name and then delete. Choose yes to confirm deletion.


4. Netplwiz – start by typing netplwiz in the search box. Click yes if there is a prompt message, then click on users to enter the user name and password to start using the computer. Click user to delete and tap Remove, then choose yes to confirm deletion.


There is a fifth method but needs above average computer skills as this is in command prompt method.  


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