How to delete user accounts in Windows

Do you need to remove a user account on your Windows computer or device? Do you need to know how to keep that user's personal files? Then you are in the right place, as this guide shows two ways to remove user accounts in Windows. Let's get started:

IMPORTANT: The first method described in this guide works for all versions of Windows, and it also allows you to keep the user's files. However, if you need the user's data, it is best that you back it up manually, before the removal process. Before going ahead, you need to log in with a different user account than the one you are deleting. The user account that you use for the removal process should be an administrator on your computer or device.

How to delete user accounts from the Control Panel, in Windows

This method works the same in all versions of Windows: Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. The first step is to open the Control Panel. If you need some help with that, read these guides:

Then, click or tap "User accounts" (in Windows 10) or "User accounts and Family Safety" (in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1).

In the User accounts section, look for a link that says "Remove user accounts" (in Windows 10) or "Add or remove user accounts" (in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1).

A list is shown with all the user accounts that exist on your Windows computer or device. Select the user account that you want to delete.

Now you are shown several actions that you can perform with the selected account. Click or tap "Delete the account."

You are asked whether you want to keep the user's files. You can choose to Delete Files and everything from that user account will be removed. You can also decide to Keep Files, and the user folders of that account will be moved on your desktop, in a folder with that user account's name.

The folders that will be kept are the following: Documents, Favorites, Music, Pictures and Videos.

If you choose to Keep Files, you are asked whether you are sure you want to delete that user account. Press Delete Account and you are done.

If you chose to keep the user's files, look for a folder with the user's name, on your desktop.

How to delete user accounts from the Settings app, in Windows 10

This method works only in Windows 10. If you are using this operating system, open the Settings app. Then, click or tap Accounts.

In the column on the left, click or tap "Family & other people." Then, on the right, select the user account that you want to delete and click or tap Remove.

You are informed that deleting this person's account will remove all their data from your PC, including items on their desktop, downloads, documents, photos and music. If you want to go ahead with the removal, press "Delete account and data."

The user account is deleted without further confirmation being requested.


Now you know how to remove any user account from Windows. Follow the instructions in our guide and let us know whether they worked well or not. If you have questions or issues, leave a comment below.