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:
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 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.
Next, click or tap on “Family & other users,” on the right.
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.
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 from Windows 11, together with all its data.
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.
Click or tap on “Family & other users,” on the left side of the window.
On the right, find the user account you intend to remove. Then, select it and click or tap on Remove.
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.
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.
In the User Accounts section, click or tap on the “Remove user accounts” link.
This shows the list of user accounts found on your Windows computer or device. Select the account you intend 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 bearing the name of the account.
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.
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.
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.
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, without having to enter the password of your user account?
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.
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, 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.
The account is immediately removed from Windows.
Remove-LocalUser -Name “username”
Replace username with the name of the account you are removing. Then, press the Enter key.
While PowerShell does not give you confirmation for this operation, the account is deleted.
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.