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:
- To begin, open Settings and click or tap on Accounts.
- 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.
- Click or tap on the Remove button revealed under the account.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.”
The user account is immediately removed, together with all its data.
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.
In the User Accounts section, click on the “Remove user accounts” link.
This shows a list of all the user accounts on your Windows 10 computer or device. Click on the 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.
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.
If you decide to Keep Files, you must confirm removing the user account. Press Delete Account, and you are done.
If you chose to keep the files, you can find them all on your desktop in a folder named after the user.
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.
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.
In the subsequent pop-up box, click or tap on Yes to confirm your choice.
TIP: Did you know that you can also use netplwiz to automatically login to Windows 10, without entering a password?
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.
Next, right-click or press-and-hold on the user you want to remove. In the contextual menu that opens, click or tap Delete.
To confirm your choice, click or tap on Yes in the pop-up.
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.”
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.
The account is immediately removed from Windows 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.