The decision to remove an account from your Windows 11 computer may be necessary when you have multiple accounts on a shared computer. This function allows several people to use the same computer, with everyone having their sign-in info, access to their files, browser favorites, and desktop settings.
You might need to disable and remove an account if you are selling or giving away your computer or having problems with a user account due to being locked out or file corruption. A user account is either a guest user or a temporary user. We will discuss the best way to remove accounts in this article.
Remove user account from Windows 11 using Settings
Windows Settings can help to remove access to a user account or delete a user account with its associated data. Note that the utility will not delete a user account if it is the only account or the administrator account. Follow the steps to remove an account:
- Hold the Windows + I keys at once to start the Settings app and click on Accounts.
- Then, click Other users to see a list of user accounts on your PC.
- Expand the user account you want to remove, then click Remove next to Account and data.
- Afterward, confirm removal, and Windows will delete the user account and all the associated data.
Delete a user account from Windows 11 using Control Panel
The Control Panel is a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows configuring and managing settings on a Windows computer. It handles various categories, including User Accounts. Note that you cannot remove the built-in Administrator account. To use this tool, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows and S keys simultaneously and hit Enter to start the Control Panel.
- When it opens, click User accounts.
- Then, click on Add or remove user accounts.
- Click on the user account you want to remove.
- Once it opens, click Delete the account on the right side of the screen.
- Finally, click Delete Files to remove files along with the user account or Keep Files to retain associated files.
- Click Delete account to confirm the removal.
Remove user account using Terminal or Windows PowerShell
Terminal or Windows PowerShell allows removing user accounts via commands. Deleting a user account with this tool will also delete all the files and folders associated with that account. So, backup files before removing the account. Follow the steps below to remove accounts:
- Press Windows + X at once to open the Quick Menu and select Terminal (Admin) to have admin privileges.
- It may alternatively show up as Windows PowerShell (Admin).
- When the UAC confirmation window appears, click Yes.
- Enter the
Get-LocalUsercommand to see all the user accounts on your computer, then press Enter.
- After confirming the account to delete, enter
Remove-LocalUser -Name "ACCOUNT NAME"and then press Enter. Replace ACCOUNT NAME with the correct account name.
Remove user account using Computer Management
Computer Management is a Windows administrative tool that permits the management of various computer aspects, including user accounts. To use this tool, follow these steps:
- Press Windows + X at once to open the Quick Menu and select Computer Management.
- Find the user in the Users folder using the path below:
Computer Management > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users
- When you find the account, right-click on it and click Delete.
- Then click Yes to confirm the action.
Use the Legacy User Account Interface
The Legacy User Account Interface (LUAI) is a graphical user interface (GUI) that permits managing user accounts on your computer. It is called a legacy interface because it is not the default way of managing user accounts in Windows 11. However, you can use it if you prefer it. To use LUAI, follow these steps:
- Open the Run dialog with the Windows + R pressed at once, type netplwiz, and click OK.
- When the User Accounts window opens, click on the desired account and click the Remove button.
- Click Yes when the confirmation message appears.
- Then, click Apply and OK to confirm the process.
In conclusion, the steps explained in this guide can help remove user accounts from Windows 11. While removing an account may permanently delete it from the system, it limits unauthorized access to your personal computer.
It is, however, crucial to exercise caution when disabling or removing accounts, as these actions can impact system functionality and user data. Always ensure you have the necessary permissions and backups before making any changes. Also, have trusted antivirus software and keep other system software up-to-date.