How to remove an account from Windows (7 ways)

Do you need to delete a user account from your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer or device? Maybe a specific user became corrupted, or perhaps you want to block someone’s access to your PC. Well, regardless of whether you want to remove a Microsoft account from Windows or a local one, this guide shows you seven methods to delete a user account. So 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 a user account from Windows 11 using the Settings app

The Settings app offers, in our opinion, the most straightforward way to delete a user account from Windows 11. Start by opening Settings (press Windows + I on your keyboard). Then, select Accounts on the left sidebar.

Access the Accounts section from Windows 11's Settings app

Next, click or tap on “Family & other users,” on the right.

Family & other users in Windows 11's Settings

On the right of the Settings window, identify the user account you want to delete. It should be listed under Other users. Select it and click or tap on its Remove button.

How to remove an account from Windows 11 using Settings

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.

Click or tap Delete account and data

The user account is immediately removed from Windows 11, together with all its data.

2. How to delete a user account from Windows 10 using the Settings app

You can use the same method to remove a user account from Windows 10. Open Settings (Windows + I) and click or tap on Accounts in the Settings dashboard.

Access the Accounts section from Windows 10's Settings app

Click or tap on “Family & other users,” on the left side of the window.

Family & other users in Windows 10's Settings

On the right, find the user account you intend to remove. Then, select it and click or tap on Remove.

How to delete a user account from Windows 10

Then, Windows 10 shows a dialog in which it asks you if you want to “Delete account and data.” Click or tap on the button bearing the same name, and the user account is removed from your PC.

Confirm that you want to Delete account and data

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

Deleting an account from the Control Panel gives you the option to keep the user’s files. In either Windows 11 or Windows 10, launch the Control Panel and click or tap on User Accounts.

Access User Accounts in the Control Panel

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

Press on Remove user accounts

This shows the list of user accounts found on your Windows computer or device. Select the account you intend to delete.

Click or tap 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 bearing the name of the account.

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.

4. How to delete a user account with netplwiz

The netplwiz app offers another way to remove an account from Windows 11 or Windows 10. First, open the Run window using the keyboard shortcut Win + R and type netplwiz. Then, click or tap OK, or press Enter on your keyboard.

Type netplwiz in the Run window and press OK

This takes you to the Users tab of the User Accounts window. Select the account you want to remove from the list and then click or tap on Remove.

Remove an account from Windows 11 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, without having to enter the password of your user account?

5. How to remove an account from Windows with Computer Management

If you have a Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows 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

6. How to delete a user account from Windows with Command Prompt (CMD)

To begin, open Command Prompt as administrator. In the CMD window, type:

net user “username” /delete

Replace username with the actual name of the user account you intend to remove. Then, press Enter on your keyboard. For instance, we wanted to delete a user account called Remote Citizen, so we had to run the command net user “Remote Citizen” /delete.

Use CMD to remove an account from Windows 11

The account is immediately removed from Windows.

7. How to remove a user account from Windows with PowerShell

If you prefer PowerShell, you can use it to remove an account from Windows as well. Start Windows Terminal or PowerShell as administrator. Then, type the following:

Remove-LocalUser -Name “username”

Replace username with the name of the account you are removing. Then, press the Enter key.

Remove an account in Windows 11 from PowerShell, in Windows Terminal

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

Did you delete user accounts from your Windows PC?

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

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