Accounts Delete User Account in Windows 11


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Having different accounts on a shared PC lets multiple people use the same device, all while giving everyone their own sign-in info, plus access to their own files, browser favorites, and desktop settings.

You can add a local user account (an offline account) or Microsoft account for a user to sign in to the PC with.

If you have a user account on your PC that is not being used or no longer needed, you can permanently remove it by deleting it.

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This tutorial will show you how to delete a user account to remove it from your Windows 11 PC.


You must be signed in as an administrator 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.



Contents





Option One

Delete User Account in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Family & other users or Other Users on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Family & other users settings

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3 Under Other users, click/tap on the account (ex: "Brink2") you want to delete, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Delete account and data to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Delete User Account in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2 Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the account (ex: "Brink2") you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the Delete the account link. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Delete Files or Keep Files for what you want to do with the user account's personal files. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on Delete Account to confirm. (see screenshots below)

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7 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Three

Delete User Account in Local Users and Groups


This option is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1 Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).

2 Perform the following actions. (see screenshot below)
  • Click/tap on the Users folder in the left pane to open it.
  • Click/tap on the account (ex: "Brink2") you want to delete in the middle pane.
  • Click/tap on More Actions and Delete in the right pane.
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3 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshots below)

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4 You can now close Local Users and Groups if you like.




Option Four

Delete User Account in Netplwiz


1 Open netplwiz.exe.

2 In the Users tab, check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box if available. (see screenshot below step 4)

If you turned on For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device, then the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer setting will not be available.


3 Click/tap on the account (ex: "Brink2") you want to delete. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Click/tap on the Remove button. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshots below)

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6 You can now close User Accounts (netplwiz) if you like.




Option Five

Delete User Account in Command Prompt


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the net user command into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter to see a list of all account names on the PC. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Make note of the account name (ex: "Brink2") you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type the command below you want to use into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter.

(Delete local account or Microsoft account)
net user "UserName" /delete

OR​

(Delete domain user account)
net user "UserName" /delete /domain

Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual user account name (ex: "Brink2") from step 3 you want to delete.

For example:
net user "Brink2" /delete

net user "Brink2" /delete /domain


5 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.




Option Six

Delete User Account in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the Get-LocalUser command into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter to see a list of all account names on the PC. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Make note of the account name (ex: "Brink2") you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter.

Remove-LocalUser -Name "UserName"

Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual user account name (ex: "Brink2") from step 3 you want to delete.

For example: Remove-LocalUser -Name "Brink2"


5 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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