How To Delete User Profile In Windows 11

Deleting a user profile in Windows 11 can be done using various methods and options, ensuring a clean and efficient removal process. Whether you want to remove a user account through the Settings app, Control Panel, Local Users and Groups, Netplwiz, Command Prompt, or PowerShell, we’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions.

Option One: Delete User Account in Settings

Open Settings (Win+I) and navigate to Accounts. Click on Family & other users or Other Users, depending on your system. Select the account you want to delete and click on Remove. Finally, click on Delete account and data to confirm.

Option Two: Delete User Account in Control Panel

Access the Control Panel, click on the User Accounts icon, and choose Manage another account. Select the account you want to delete, click on the Delete the account link, and decide whether to keep or delete the account’s personal files. Confirm by clicking Delete Account.

Option Three: Delete User Account in Local Users and Groups

If you’re using Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions, open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc). Navigate to the Users folder, select the account you want to delete, and choose More Actions, then Delete. Confirm by clicking Yes.

Note: Options Four, Five, and Six can be found in the main article text.

Bear in mind that before deleting a user account, you must be signed in as an administrator and ensure that the account you wish to remove is not currently signed in. Following these instructions will help you successfully delete user profiles in Windows 11.

Option One: Delete User Account in Settings

The Settings app in Windows 11 provides a convenient way to delete user accounts and remove their profiles from the system. Follow these steps to delete a user account using the Settings app:

  1. Open Settings (Win+I).
  2. Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and then click/tap on Family & other users or Other Users on the right side.
  3. Under Other users, click/tap on the account you want to delete, and click/tap on Remove.
  4. Click/tap on Delete account and data to confirm.

Option Two: Delete User Account in Control Panel

If you prefer using the Control Panel, you can also delete a user account from there. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click/tap on the User Accounts icon.
  3. Click/tap on the Manage another account link.
  4. Click/tap on the account you want to delete.
  5. Click/tap on the Delete the account link.
  6. Choose whether to delete the account’s personal files or keep them.
  7. Click/tap on Delete Account to confirm.

Option Three: Delete User Account in Local Users and Groups (for Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions)

For users of Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions, you can use the Local Users and Groups feature to delete user accounts. Here’s how:

  1. Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).
  2. Click/tap on the Users folder in the left pane.
  3. Click/tap on the account you want to delete.
  4. Click/tap on More Actions and Delete in the right pane.
  5. Click/tap on Yes to confirm.

Remember to always ensure you are signed in as an administrator and that the account you want to delete is not currently signed in before proceeding with any of these methods.

Option Two: Delete User Account in Control Panel

For users who prefer using the traditional Control Panel, deleting a user account in Windows 11 is still possible through the User Accounts settings. This method provides an alternative way to remove user profiles from the system.

To delete a user account using Control Panel, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click/tap on the User Accounts icon.
  3. Click/tap on the Manage another account link.
  4. Click/tap on the account you want to delete.
  5. Click/tap on the Delete the account link.
  6. Choose whether to delete the account’s personal files or keep them.
  7. Click/tap on Delete Account to confirm.

By following these steps, you can effectively delete a user account using the Control Panel in Windows 11. This method provides a familiar and straightforward approach for users who are accustomed to using the traditional Control Panel interface.

Pros Cons
Simple and familiar interface May not be available in future Windows versions
No need to navigate through multiple settings Does not offer advanced options like other methods

Option Three: Delete User Account in Local Users and Groups

Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions offer an additional method for deleting user accounts through the Local Users and Groups feature in order to manage user profiles efficiently.

To start the process, open Local Users and Groups by typing “lusrmgr.msc” in the search bar or Run dialog (Win+R) and pressing Enter. This will open the Local Users and Groups window.

In the left pane, click on the “Users” folder to display a list of user accounts. Locate and select the account you want to delete.

Next, in the right pane, click on “More Actions” and then select “Delete” from the dropdown menu. This will prompt a confirmation dialog.

Confirm the deletion by clicking “Yes” in the dialog box. The user account will be permanently deleted from the system.

It’s important to note that deleting a user account in Local Users and Groups will remove all associated files and data belonging to that account. So, make sure you have a backup or have transferred any necessary data before proceeding with the deletion.

By utilizing the Local Users and Groups feature, Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users can effectively manage and delete user accounts to maintain a streamlined and secure system.

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