Windows 10: Can't Remove Users

Discus and support Can't Remove Users in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; So I'm trying to remove my Dad's account off of my laptop, and even though I was the first user on this laptop, I can't remove him. I've already looked... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by Snamorta, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. Snamorta Win User

    Can't Remove Users

    So I'm trying to remove my Dad's account off of my laptop, and even though I was the first user on this laptop, I can't remove him. I've already looked at the guide on adding and removing users but it didn't help. Does anyone know how to fix this?? I can't download anything or even open Google Chrome until I remove his account.

    Snamorta, Apr 4, 2021

  2. Removing a "hidden" user and user files

    Thanks for your patience. I was able with "Net User" to remove the left over user. It no longer appears when I invoke Net User.

    Now for the user's folder which remains behind. After performing the series of steps that you suggested, I attempted to delete this folder. The result again was an error message about permission
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    "Administrators" appears on the list in the list of advanced security.
    RobertOBollinger, Apr 4, 2021
  3. Vesao Win User
    Remove account

    I suggest you backup your personalized files first before removing the account.
    To delete an account, follow these steps:
    1. Press WIN + X keys and click Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
    2. Type the following command and press Enter. Replace test with the name of your sister's account. Code:
    Vesao, Apr 4, 2021
  4. deving Win User

    Can't Remove Users

    User.000 issue after updating to 1909

    I'm one of the many people suffering from issues with user profiles after applying Update 1909 to Windows 10. I've read all the threads I can find on the topic here and have followed the suggestions, all to no avail. Any other thoughts are appreciated.

    After applying Update 1909, the ProfileImagePath was changed to c:\users\User.000
    One file that was always in use and couldn't be removed was left in c:\users\User (can't recall or find the exact file now), so I could never rename or remove the c:\user\User directory.

    I followed the multiple suggestions from Brink and others:
    • Rebooted at least 6 times
    • Enabled hidden Administrator
    • Booted into Safe Mode
    • Changed ProfileImagePath
    • Tried to rename c:\users\User but couldn't because a file was still in use
    • Copied all data from c:\users\User.000 into c:\users\User
    • Rebooted and had temporary profile
    • Followed steps in Brink tutorial to change ImageProfilePath; rebooted with no change
    • Restored using Restore Point from before Update 1909 - returned to single profile state (User.000)
    • Removed each update that was installed individually and rebooted after each update removal - profile state never changed
    • After all updates were removed, repeated the steps above with hidden Administrator, changing profile, etc. - same issue with file in use in c:\users\User
    • Followed all steps above with hidden Administrator but without copying files from User.000 to User - same results

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
    deving, Apr 4, 2021

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