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Windows 7: How to delete a user's account.

27 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium - 6.1.7600 Build 7600
 
 
How to delete a user's account.

On my wife's machine she was having all types of problems, so I backed up her user directory and all it's data. I then went to UAC and deleted her standard user account, clicking yes to delete all folders and files. Just leaving my admin account and a guest account. After a defrag and reboot her user directory is still showing up in Explorer but not in UAC. How can I totally clean her name out? Would like do do this before restoring any of her data and programs. Any thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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27 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kenz,

While logged into your admin account, you should also be able to right click on her deleted account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder and click on Delete to do so.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium - 6.1.7600 Build 7600
 
 
Delete a user's account

Thanks for the suggestion, however I have tried that and it doesn't work. Message similar to "file in use by system".
KenZ
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28 Sep 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You could use the tutorial below to delete this user folder from within a command prompt at boot using your Windows 7 installation DVD. This way it will not be in use at boot, and you should be allowed to delete it.

Folder - Delete from Command Prompt

You would use a command similar to this below, but just substitute user-name with the actual user folder's name.

RD /S /Q "C:\Users\user-name"
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29 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium - 6.1.7600 Build 7600
 
 
Deleteing a User

Brink,
Tried you suggestion last night and "she is gone". Thanks much, I had forgotten about the good ol' DOS commands, so rarely use them anymore. Again thanks a bunch
Ken Z.
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29 Sep 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Ken. I'm happy to hear that it's gone now for you.
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