Remove User Profile Correctly in Windows 10

n Microsoft Windows operating system when you want to delete a user account, the user profile will remain in the root directory of Windows. If you want to remove user profile correctly and completely from your system, follow the step by step article until you have deleted the user account and removed a user profile from your system drive and get free your hard disk.

How to Delete User Account in Windows 10?

Delete Windows 10 user profile correctly:

  1. Backup user account files.
  2. Delete user account.
  3. Delete User Profile.

Note: Before deleting Windows 10 user profile, try to backup important data then apply the following article.

Step 1:  In Windows press Windows +R to open the Run and type “lusrmgr.msc”  for opening the windows Local user and group manager. The local users and groups manager let you create a user account, delete user account or remove user account and manage users and groups settings.

Windows 10 Local Users and Groups Manager

Windows 10 Local Users and Groups Manager

2. Now select the Users to see the existing users on your computer. To delete a user account, right-click the user name and select Delete to delete a user account.

Note: you can’t remove the built-in administrator of your computer, but you can delete user accounts you have created. 

Delete User Account with Windows Local User and Group Manager

Delete User Account with Windows Local User and Group Manager

3. Finally, on the prompt screen, hit Yes button to complete the process to delete Windows 10 user account.

Are you sure? You want to delete user account?

Are you sure? Do you want to delete user account?

Now you have deleted user account only, and the user profile remains on the system drive. Let’s remove user profile completely from the system. If the profile remains on the system, it will use disk spaces.

How to Remove User Profile in Windows 10?

In step 2, try to delete the remain user account profile from the system drive. To remove a user account profile, you need to have administrator privilege.

Step 2: Remove User Profile. Type “sysdm.cpl” on Windows Run and press enter to open System Properties.

Type Sysdm.cpl to open System Properties

Type Sysdm.cpl to open System Properties

  1. When the System Properties opened, select the Advanced tab.
  2. On Advanced tab click Setting under User Profiles. Don’t click Settings under Performance.
  3. Select the user account profile you want to delete it.
  4. Click Delete button and click Yes to accept and remove user profile completely from your system.
Remove User Profile From Your System Drive

Remove User Profile From Your System Drive

Now the user account has been deleted successfully and the user profile removed from your system also. Deleting user profile will prevent the system from keeping other deleted user account profiles on your computer.

How to Delete User Profile in Windows 10? – Video

This (delete user profile) is going to make us a bit crazy. Some users comment us that have a problem with deleting Windows 10 user profile with above method. I have tested again and created a video to delete a user account profile correctly in Windows 10. In this video tutorial, I have explained two methods to delete the user profile. The first method is the above but the second one is using a DelProf2 app. This app works perfectly in this tutorial.

Hope this video can help you to delete some corrupted or remove user profile without any issue.

Let us know if you still have any problem with deleting users profile in Windows 10 or other Windows.

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17 Comments

  1. Hmm... not working for me the "Delete" button is grayed out, just like the "Copy To..." button in your screen shot. I am on an admin account.

  2. Hi Justin,
    It seems you are trying to delete the admin account, but the Windows won't let you to delete the admin account.

  3. the advanced profiles wont load, it crashes
    have some fix for it?
    Or have i to reinstall this windows of shit.
    Windows 10 appears good just from clear installs to me,
    i've uploaded from w7 it sucks.

    • Hi,
      If this method is not work, try to delete user profile with DelProf2 app.

      Just download the file and run it. Before executing DelProf2, delete user name with net user command line.

  4. Just thought I would let you know what I ran into, if I used DelProf2 with Windows 10 I noticed that it does mess up users when they get newly created profiles and try to use the app store if they are not an "Administrator". The app will not download and or install for some reason. I work in an education environment and have the need for our students to be non admins.

    • Yes, it doing something like mass deletion of all users profile but current user which runes the DelProf2. The best method is using builtin Windows option to delete a user profile.

  5. it is extremely good command which is about User Account, and I get many structure forself and I really get s/th from this structures thanks a lot.

  6. This seems to have worked well for me, many thanks.

    Dell 7350/Win 10 32-bit

  7. "When the System Properties opened, select Advanced tab.
    On Advanced tab click Setting under User Profiles. Don’t click Settings under Performance.
    Select the user account profile you want to delete it.
    Click Delete button and click Yes to accept and delete user profile completely from your system."

    This doesn't work - the del button is not an option. F MS.

  8. At first this didn't work for me. The delete button was greyed out. I did two things to get it to work. I followed step 1 and deleted the user, although I did it from the settings/account/family,other people menu. I believe either way will suffice. Then I rebooted. I typed "command" into Cortana bar (don't hit return), used right click on cmd prompt to run the command window as administrator. From the cmd window I ran the sysdm.cpl command. The delete button was now available. One of the accounts I was deleting was an administrator account ( a second one, mine was the other). The accounts being deleted were listed as unknown. I watched them disappear from a file explorer window I had up. Not sure if the reboot or admin privilege did it or both. Hope this helps.

  9. I conceive you have noted some very interesting
    points, thank you for the post.

  10. you need to run sysdm.cpl as an admin to get the delete button.

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  13. Has anyone else noticed when they are deleting mass user profiles via delprof2 or powershell it causing issues with GPO printers not appearing until restarting the printer spooler on every profile recreated? I've noticed this on Windows 10 1703 and 1609 and cannot figure out what is causing the issue. I think it may be that the printer spooler caches the GUID of the deleted account? GPO looks fine and applies perfectly if a new user logs into a computer that has had profiles removed. But not for a user who has been purged and logs back in.

    Andy advice?

    Cheers

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