Windows XP: How to Delete a User Profile

If you have user profiles on your computer that you no longer need, you free up disk space by deleting these unused profiles. The steps in this tech-recipe allow you to do this.

1. Right-click My Computer, and select Properties to bring up the System Properties panel.

2. Click the Advanced tab, and then, in the User Profiles area, click the Settings button.

3. From the User Profile dialog box, select the individual profile you want to delete.

4. Click the Delete button, and confirm the action.

5. Click OK.

Please note that User profiles can contain files that you may need. It is good practice to review the directory and backup any needed files before deleting the profile.


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7 Responses to “Windows XP: How to Delete a User Profile”

  1. May 21, 2009 at 4:28 am, NoSpam said:

    Thanks! Worked great.


  2. February 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm, Anonymous said:

    How i can do this command line?


  3. June 25, 2010 at 9:37 am, Ameyjohn said:

    this does not delete them from documents and settings


  4. July 20, 2010 at 3:55 am, Subhranshu said:

    If the delete button is not highlighted/disabled then how to delete the profile.


    • August 07, 2010 at 8:49 pm, User said:

      You obviously only have one profile or need to switch users and log in as an administrator to do this. Make sure it is safe to delete a profile before doing so, otherwise you may have to use another computer to find out how to get yours up and running again


  5. December 03, 2010 at 9:59 am, Zm000x said:

    Thank you ^___^


  6. July 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm, Jmfaubert said:

    How do you tackle a bunch of them all at once?  I can’t seem to shift select these profiles.


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