Windows XP: How to Delete a User Profile

Posted October 3, 2006 by Rob Rogers in Windows networking

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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  • NoSpam

    Thanks! Worked great.

  • Anonymous

    How i can do this command line?

  • Ameyjohn

    this does not delete them from documents and settings

  • Subhranshu

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

    • User

      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

  • Zm000x

    Thank you ^___^

  • Jmfaubert

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