How to remove local user accounts in Windows XP and Vista

Removing user accounts in Windows XP and Vista is very easy. I will firstly describe procedure for WIndows XP and then we will move to Vista. If you wish to delete users remotly you can use this Parhelia's tool: Windows Account Remover.

Delete user account in Windows XP

Here is step by step procedure.

  • The best thing to do is to login as administrator, so you'll have all the permission to manage all users on computer.
  • Go to CONTROL PANEL and from the icon list choose USER ACCOUNTS
  • Something like this pops up:
  • You see I have 4 users on the computer. Accounts that are relevant to this article are "miha" and "test". You can read more about "Guest" account here and more about "ASP.NET" account here.
  • Now, I choose and click user "test" and i get this pretty window:
  • I circled the text "Delete the account" in red, which is clearly visible from the image above. So, we click "Delete the account" and next page appears:
  • There we have three choices. As the description says on the screen, if we click "Keep Files" we can copy some of the private files to a safe place. I we click "Delete files", everything from our account will be deleted. Please be cautios here what will you choose. If you do not know what to do, you can still click "Cancel" :).
  • Ok, I will choose to delete everything related to my "test" account. When we press this we will be asked again, if we want to remove everything from "test" account.

That's it!!! We successfuly removed user account from Windows XP. Now let's continue to Vista. There is a bit more work (playing around with your mouse) than in Windows XP.

Remove user account from Windows Vista

Here is step by step procedure.

  • The best thing to do is to login as administrator, so you'll have all the permission to manage all users on computer.
  • Go to CONTROL PANEL and from the icon list choose USER ACCOUNTS
  • Something like this pops up:
  • Click on the button "Manage another Account". We get new page:
  • Now, I choose and click user "test" and I get this window:
  • I circled the text "Delete the account" in red, which is clearly visible from the image above. So, we click "Delete the account" and next page appears as before:
  • There we have three choices. As the description says on the screen, if we click "Keep Files" we can copy some of the private files to a safe place. I we click "Delete files", everything from our account will be deleted. Please be cautios here what will you choose. If you do not know what to do, you can still click "Cancel" :).
  • Ok, I will choose to delete everything related to my "test" account. When we press this we will be asked again, if we want to remove everything from "test" account.

That's it!!! We successfuly removed user account from Windows Vista :).