Vista: How To Delete a User Account

Have an account that you no longer need on your computer? You can delete it and still keep the desktop and personal files associated with the account by following these steps:


1. Log onto the computer using an account with administrator privileges.

2. Click the Start Button.

3. Click the picture associated with your account at the top of the menu.

4. Select Manage another account.

5. When the UAC box pops up, click Continue.

6. Select the user account that is to be deleted.

7. Click Delete the Account.

8. You will be asked if you wish to keep the files from the deleted account. To save the account’s desktop and personal files to your desktop, click Keep Files. This will place the files into a directory with the account’s name onto your desktop. Otherwise click the Delete Files button.

9. Click Delete Account.

 

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57 Responses to “Vista: How To Delete a User Account”

  1. November 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm, Ruth said:

    Thanks – it worked! thank you very much! I had two accounts to get rid of – one is gone, but the guest account I had previously ‘removed’ seems to be stuck! .. when I select it , the options that come up do not include ‘delete’, only turn on, turn off,or cancel …any suggestions? I’m new to this area of computing, and your instructions were very clear and easy, thanks again.

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    • January 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm, Cameltoe said:

      Just turn it off, it will not dissapear. But turn it off and you won’t get bothered.

      Reply

  2. December 15, 2008 at 4:12 am, ali said:

    when i cancelled the process afther delete files or keep files wizard came but now i canlt delete account please help me how can i delete account.

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  3. January 20, 2009 at 6:30 am, sadcs said:

    nothing happens when I click it

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    • May 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm, tanya said:

      hi did you find any thing that works i am having same problem!?

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    • March 09, 2010 at 8:19 pm, Anonymous said:

      run command as Admin. in command, type: net user Administrator /active:yes
      log out, log into Super Admin account, delete from there. Any questions, please email me: iforsaken.0@gmail.com

      Reply

  4. February 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm, Cheese said:

    Hi there’s no ‘delete account’ option when i click on the guest account. i can’t seem to find a way to get rid of the account and its frustrating. help pls.

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    • March 09, 2010 at 8:18 pm, Anonymous said:

      You can only disable a guest account. There is no way of deleting it as it is written to the hard drive along with the OS. Do not try to delete it.

      Reply

    • May 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm, james said:

      you cant delete your quest acc

      Reply

  5. April 18, 2009 at 1:27 am, charles said:

    i dont see delete account on the screen. any other option? pls help me.

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  6. April 21, 2009 at 7:42 am, lolololololol said:

    thank you my friend thanks a lot

    Reply

  7. April 24, 2009 at 8:50 am, steve said:

    Great, thanks alot!

    Reply

  8. May 13, 2009 at 7:10 pm, Anonymous said:

    Can you delete a account with Administrator and which is the 1st Account on the computer if u have 2 ?

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    • November 03, 2009 at 3:57 am, Anonymous said:

      I have the same question. Do you have solution yet? Thanks.

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      • March 09, 2010 at 8:13 pm, Anonymous said:

        There should only be 1 Super Admin account… log into that. Delete the accounts from there. Commands you will need are as follows:
        cmd.exe(run as Administrator)
        type in command: net user Administrator /active:yes
        This makes Super Admin active. DO NOT over use this account… this account is the heart of your computer. Once logged in, go to control panel, users, manage accounts, then delete. Click keep files if files are important. Continue to delete account. Any questions beyond this, please email me at iforsaken.0@gmail.com.

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    • March 09, 2010 at 8:16 pm, Anonymous said:

      You can only delete another Admin account IF you have permission to do so. The only way to tell for sure is to go to the Super Admin account…and look at there permissions. Any questions: iforsaken.0@gmail.com

      Reply

  9. June 24, 2009 at 8:21 am, ats said:

    erm,i got problem with it.mine only can be turn on or off or cancel.it only got this 3 options

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    • February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm, Blaster V said:

      There is no way to “delete” the guest account, you can only disable it/turn it off.

      Reply

  10. July 23, 2009 at 9:37 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have a problem, I bought a laptop that was previously owned. In order to delete anything I need the password the previous owner put on it, and I have no clue who they are. Any way I can over-ride this?

    Reply

  11. November 01, 2009 at 12:19 pm, Anonymous said:

    i cant find a delete button

    Reply

  12. November 03, 2009 at 3:55 am, Anonymous said:

    The Users window froze after I Select Manage another account. Why is that? Please help! I really want to delete some some users, because my computer was used by someone else before me. And these two users files are taking a big part of my hard drive.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply

  13. January 01, 2010 at 8:23 pm, Anonymous said:

    i have two administrater accounts so how do i delete one and i do not want a log in password so how do i take that out

    Reply

  14. February 06, 2010 at 2:05 am, Bryan Anderson said:

    Okay, I have a question about this… I’ve tried this multiple times…
    I can do these steps:
    1. Log onto the computer using an account with administrator privileges.

    2. Click the Start Button.

    3. Click the picture associated with your account at the top of the menu.

    4. Select Manage another account.

    5. When the UAC box pops up, click Continue.

    But once I click Continue, the lap top does nothing at all. The UAC box just dissapears and nothing happens.
    I’ve tried changing my UAC settings, and whenever I click Continue on the UAC box to do that, it does nothing once again.
    Please email me!
    pesky.email@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

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  15. February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm, Blaster V said:

    When I select “manage another account” the list of accounts is empty. I know for a fact that I have 3 different accounts active, and the account that I am using to try to delete them is administrator. Any help would be appreciated.

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  16. April 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm, Anonymous said:

    hi , uhm right after i deleted the account and added a new one i clicked save files , but when i went on the files aren;t there where do i look for them?

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  17. April 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm, Anonymous said:

    ok , i need help i deleted my account and made a new , i clicked keep files , but i dont know where to find the files ? help someone please!

    Reply

  18. April 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm, Adrian said:

    I saved the files but I’m unable to find the file on my computer.

    Where is it stored?

    And there is no way to delete a Guest account you can only disable it.

    Reply

  19. May 08, 2010 at 10:48 am, Anonymous said:

    My Files are gone!? even though i selected keep files!?!?

    Reply

  20. June 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm, luis alban said:

    how i disable that guest account can acces my files and pictures from administrator account?

    Reply

  21. July 04, 2010 at 8:31 pm, Ice2_camille said:

    it doesnt say delete!!! all it says is to turn off guest account or not..i wanna cry now..nothing here is helping me…i want to delete that account asap..idk how it just say turn off or on..theres no delete option i swear i keep finding it im tired alrrady

    Reply

  22. July 07, 2010 at 7:16 am, Nabhavranade said:

    Once made active, how to make the super admin account inactive? Is there a way to remove it?

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  23. July 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm, J-Spill said:

    Thank-you, very useful, my previous account had 6gigs of roaming data, very useless, now i can just delete him….

    Reply

  24. July 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm, Rutthy said:

    thanks for giving me the solution. infact you have just save a soul from enemies

    Reply

  25. July 31, 2010 at 2:51 pm, jay said:

    it does not say delete account on screen my laptop broke and had to make new account but it wont let me have a password or delete it plz help

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  26. August 08, 2010 at 8:55 pm, Karl said:

    How do you delete a user account if you foget the password

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  27. August 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm, skulls21 said:

    thanks! :)

    Reply

  28. September 14, 2010 at 3:30 am, Ashraf said:

    ur realllllly reallly helping me to get rid of my account!!

    Reply

  29. September 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm, Charlottte-01 said:

    i have accidently made my guest account an adminstrator, and now it wont let me turn it off. i can’t make another account or delete the one i am usingg. any ideas for me to do ive tryed everything!?

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  30. October 03, 2010 at 12:57 pm, Lovemyshaney said:

    I have a disabled admin user account which when I go in user accounts does not give me the option to delete. If I go into other accounts it does not bring this account up at all. But when we log in it goes straight into this old user account and we have to log out and log in to the new one… any ideas

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  31. October 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm, mandy said:

    thnx love u so know my parent can’t go on my laptop oxox i hate them!!!!!

    Reply

  32. April 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm, Taylor_Binnie said:

    It’s not letting me delete is please help :(

    Reply

  33. May 19, 2011 at 2:00 am, Russellas said:

    Once again, the computers win. nothing seems to work unless you are a complete computer geek. Us average users cant do anything about this simple junk that should be as easy as loggint into our desktop.

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  34. July 03, 2012 at 3:05 pm, Meagan said:

    When you say personal files; does it mean pictures and documents(Because I really need to keep those)? Or can you select what you keep?
    The reason I need to delete this specific user is because it has a virus on it(The virus hasn’t reached the other users somehow).

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  35. August 09, 2012 at 3:01 am, Jingo said:

    Thanks it worked. had to delete my first account because it would open, created a new account and deleted the old one.

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  36. October 02, 2012 at 2:37 am, Clare said:

    Does anyone know how to delete a user name. I’m becoming very frustrated trying to do this . Thanks

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  37. November 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm, Prav said:

    In my case it did not keep the files. I have done the search but no luck. It did ask to confirm saying ‘you have decided to delete account and keep files’ to which I replied ‘Yes’

    Any thoughts as to where the files may have gone?

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  38. December 04, 2012 at 2:01 pm, Sharon Ashworth said:

    I have a vista computer that was recently owned, and cannot delete the other two administrators. I have my adminstrator access but cannot get rid of the other two, especially when i have to upgrade javascript.

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  39. December 21, 2012 at 4:31 am, felipe said:

    it really worok!!thank u very much i accedently turn off my laptop during im formating it and then i thought the 1st user is deleted so i created another again for no reason.. and the other said there is no delete options think they using other ver. of windows..!!thanks again

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  40. January 08, 2013 at 10:20 pm, mandye said:

    I did these steps and deleted my user account i wanted to but now my computer wont start up it just shows a blue screen with writings and tries again and again to start with no success can anyone help me plaese

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  41. February 04, 2013 at 9:02 pm, chiorean gheorghe said:

    the user which i want to delete appear only in C:users not appear in :Control Panel/ user accounts .How to do in this case ? Thanks

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  42. February 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm, arkin said:

    can i use this on window 7?

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  43. May 20, 2013 at 5:55 am, Ekke said:

    I tried to delete account nobody used but it does not show up!

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  44. November 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm, gregory cook said:

    I was givin a pc that i dont know the admin password to the account the guest account works and is set to be an admin and there is a standered user on the mechine that doesnt have a password but i am unable to change or remove the passwords to either in either the guest account or the or the standered account pls if you know of any slutions im all ears

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  45. December 07, 2013 at 3:33 pm, fashlee said:

    so i did that and my old account files arent even poping up ? can i only access thoes file in an administrative user acount or something ? pleaseeeee help ..

    Reply

  46. December 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm, velia said:

    So I’ve done this a million times but when i hit delte account it freezes that section and in the end doesnt delete it this is ridiculous i need help this account is causing my computer problems

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  47. January 26, 2014 at 9:56 am, Roman said:

    Hi,
    After clicking manage another account the only option I have is to turn unwanted account off.
    There is no button for deleting.
    Please advise.
    Thank you

    Reply

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