6 ways to remove an account from Windows 10

Do you need to delete a user account from your Windows 10 computer or device? Maybe a specific user became corrupted, or perhaps you want to block someone’s access to your PC. Well, whether you want to remove a Microsoft account from Windows 10 or a local one, this guide shows you six methods to delete a user account from Windows 10. Keep reading to find out what works best for you:

Quick Steps

How to delete an account in Windows 10 from Settings:
  1. To begin, open Settings and click or tap on Accounts.
  2. In the column on the left, go to the “Family & other users” tab.
  3. On the right, find the user account you want to delete under Other users and select it.
  4. Click or tap on the Remove button revealed under the account.
  5. A pop-up lets you know that deleting the account removes all the user’s data from your PC. To go ahead with the removal, press “Delete account and data.”

NOTE: The methods illustrated in this tutorial require the use of an Administrator account. The basic idea is to use an account with administrator permissions to remove another account. For a list of all the accounts on your computer (including hidden ones), check out our guide on viewing all the users in Windows.

1. How to delete an account in Windows 10 from Settings

The Settings app in Windows 10 is, in our opinion, the most straightforward way to delete a user account. To begin, open Settings and click or tap on Accounts.

Access Accounts in Windows 10 Settings

In the column on the left, go to the “Family & other users” tab. On the right, find the user account you want to delete under Other users and select it. Then, click or tap on the Remove button revealed under the account.

Select and remove the account from Windows 10

A pop-up lets you know that deleting the account removes all the user’s data from your PC. To go ahead with the removal, press “Delete account and data.

Confirm deleting the account

The user account is immediately removed, together with all its data.

2. How to remove an account from Windows 10 using the Control Panel

Deleting an account from the Control Panel gives you the option to keep the user’s files. Launch the Control Panel and click on User Accounts.

Access User Accounts in the Control Panel

In the User Accounts section, click on the “Remove user accounts” link.

Press on Remove user accounts

This shows a list of all the user accounts on your Windows 10 computer or device. Click on the account you want to delete.

Click on the user account you want to delete

This lets you make changes to the selected account. Click on “Delete the account” from the actions on the left.

Click to Delete the account

You are asked whether you want to keep the user’s files. If you choose to Delete Files, the data associated with that user account is removed. You can also click on Keep Files, and that account’s user folders are moved to your desktop, in a folder with the account’s name.

Choose to Delete or Keep Files

If you decide to Keep Files, you must confirm removing the user account. Press Delete Account, and you are done.

Confirm deleting the account

If you chose to keep the files, you can find them all on your desktop in a folder named after the user.

3. How to delete a Windows 10 account using netplwiz

Another way to remove an account from Windows 10 is with the netplwiz app. First, open the Run window using the keyboard shortcut Win + R and insert “netplwiz”. Then, click or tap OK or press Enter on your keyboard.

Type netplwiz in the Run windows and press OK

This takes you to the Users tab of the User Accounts window. First, make sure the box next to the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” option is checked. Select the account you want to remove from the list and then click or tap on Remove.

Remove an account from Windows 10 with netplwiz

In the subsequent pop-up box, click or tap on Yes to confirm your choice.

Press Yes to confirm deleting your account

TIP: Did you know that you can also use netplwiz to automatically login to Windows 10, without entering a password?

4. How to remove an account from Windows 10 with Computer Management

If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise installed on your computer or device, you can also use the Computer Management tool to remove an account. Access Computer Management and under System Tools, click or tap on the arrow shown next to “Local Users and Groups” to reveal its contents. Then, select the Users folder to open it in the middle pane.

Access the Users folder under Local Users and Groups

Next, right-click or press-and-hold on the user you want to remove. In the contextual menu that opens, click or tap Delete.

Click Delete in the contextual menu

To confirm your choice, click or tap on Yes in the pop-up.

Press Yes to confirm the account's deletion

5. How to delete an account from Windows 10 using CMD

To begin, start the Command Prompt as administrator. Type “cmd” in your taskbar’s search field, and then click or tap on “Run as administrator.

Start an elevated Command Prompt

Confirm your choice in the UAC window that pops up, and the Command Prompt is launched. Type the following: “net user NAME /delete” - replace NAME with the name of the account you want to remove and press Enter on your keyboard.

Use CMD to remove an account in Windows 10

The account is immediately removed from Windows 10.

6. How to remove an account from Windows 10 using PowerShell

If you prefer PowerShell, you can delete an account from it as well. Start PowerShell as administrator by typing its name in your taskbar’s search field and clicking or tapping on the “Run as administrator” option on the right.

Open an elevated instance of PowerShell in Windows 10

To finish launching PowerShell, confirm your choice in the UAC prompt. Then, type the following: Remove-LocalUser -Name “USERNAME” - replace USERNAME with the name of the account you are removing, as seen below. Then, press the Enter key.

Remove an account in Windows 10 from PowerShell

While PowerShell does not give you confirmation for this operation, the account is deleted.

TIP: You can also use similar methods to add an account to Windows 10.

How many user accounts did you delete in Windows 10?

We regularly clean up any accounts we’re not using, as this also frees up space on our Windows 10 computer or device. What about you? How many user accounts did you delete in Windows 10? How many are left? Let us know in the comments section.

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