Windows 10: Removing unused user accounts

Discus and support Removing unused user accounts in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; I created an extra account on my computer to help solve a Windows 10 problem, on the advice of someone at MS or in the MS Community. The problem is... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by Daniel Tamsky, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. Removing unused user accounts

    I created an extra account on my computer to help solve a Windows 10 problem, on the advice of someone at MS or in the MS Community. The problem is gone, but the extra account remains. We didn't discuss how to delete the account, but it appears in File Manager but not under User Accounts on Control Panel.

    The only account listed under User Accounts has my name and has Administrator rights.

    How do I remove the other account that appears in File Manager? I don't think it has any files that I want to save.

    Daniel Tamsky, Feb 26, 2019
  2. 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:
      net user test /del
    Vesao, Feb 26, 2019
  3. trying to remove user account

    Hi Jack,

    Deleting a user account in a Windows device can be done by an administrator. Before removing the user account, make sure that you are using an administrator account to avoid errors.

    Follow these steps to remove a user account in your computer:

    • Open the Control Panel.
    • Click on User Accounts and then Select User Accounts.
    • Click on Manage User Accounts.
    • Choose the account that you want to delete.
    • Click on Delete the account.
    • Choose if you want to keep the files or delete the files in the user account that you'll be removing.
    • Click on Delete Account button to complete the process.

    Let us know if further assistance is needed.
    Darleen Pen, Feb 26, 2019
  4. Removing unused user accounts

    remove a user account


    If you want to delete local user account on your Windows 10 computer, you can follow the steps below:

    Note: When you want to delete a user account from your computer:

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to delete a user account.

    You will not be able to delete a user account that is currently signed in. You will need to sign out the user first.

    Be sure to always have at least one enabled administrator account on the PC to avoid not being able to perform actions that require administrator rights.

    Step 1: Steps to Remove a User Account in Settings

    • Press Windows key, click on Settings.
    • Click on Account, click on Family and other users.
    • Select the user you want to delete under Other users and click on
    • Accept the UAC (User Account Control) prompt.
    • Select Delete account and data if you wish to delete an account and the data and follow onscreen instructions.

    Step 2: Steps to Delete a User Account in Command Prompt

    • Press Windows + X keys from the keyboard, select Command Prompt (Admin).
    • Type net user and hit Enter to list the user accounts on your device.
    • Type net user "User account " /delete and hit Enter to delete the user account.

    Meanwhile, if you wish to add a family member to your Microsoft family, there are a few ways you can do that. You can follow the steps in this article:

    Set up your family

    If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to share them with us here. Your input is very much welcome in our Community.
    Michelle Vil, Feb 26, 2019

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