If you need to, you can delete Windows user accounts from your computer. Deleting a user account will remove all that particular person’s settings and files. It’ll be as if the account never existed.
In this guide we’ll look at how to remove a user from your PC.
Things To Note Before Deleting A User Account.
- You can’t delete the account that you’re signed in with. You have to be logged in with an account other than the one you’re trying to delete. So if you wanted to delete your own windows user account, you’d have to create a new account first, then log in with that account, and then delete your old account.
- A Standard user can’t delete any accounts at all. Only Administrators can delete user accounts.
- Back up any data (files and folders) from the account before you delete it. Once the account is deleted, all the data (documents, pictures etc) associated with the account will be deleted too.
How To Delete A Windows User Account.
When you’re removing a user account, there are slight differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11
To begin, click the Start button then :
Windows 10 – Type “accounts”. Then click Add, Edit or Remove Other Users (system settings). It usually appears at the top of the search results.
Windows 11 – Type “other users”. Then click Other Users (system settings). Again it will normally appear at the top of your search results.
Remove User Account.
For Windows 10 – the Family and Other Users page will open.
For Windows 11 – the Accounts > Others page will open.
Left click once on the user account that you want to delete. Then click the Remove button.
After clicking the Remove button, Windows will ask for confirmation.
To proceed, click the Delete account and data button.
That’s all there is to it. The deleted account will disappear from the Other Users section.
You won’t see the account on the Windows login screen either.
It has gone for good.
Be sure that you’ve saved any files or folders that you or the other person might need before you go ahead and delete an account. You can simply save the files to a USB drive for use later on.
Next page we’re looking at what useful programs come with Windows. See you there.
These easy to follow guides aren’t part of the course, rather, they are standalone guides. They extend beyond the basics that we’re covering on the course.