How to delete user account on Windows 10

Windows 10 makes it easy to delete a user account and data when it's no longer needed — Here's how.

Delete Windows 10 account
Delete Windows 10 account

On Windows 10, if you share your device with other people, it’ll come the time when they’ll no longer need access to their account. In this case, the Settings app include an option that you can use to properly delete user accounts along with the user’s data.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to delete a Windows 10 user account from your computer.

How to delete account on Windows 10

To delete account and user data, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Family & other people.

  4. Under the “Other users” section, select the account to delete.

  5. Click the Remove button.


  6. Click the Delete account and data button.


Once you complete the steps, the person’s account and data will be removed from your PC, including those items on their desktop, downloads, documents, photos, music, and any other file.

It should be noted that you can’t use these steps to delete your account while you’re signed in. If you want to start fresh with a new account, first create a new Windows 10 account, and then delete the old account.

Update January 3, 2020: This guide was originally published in September 2017, and it’s been updated to reflect the changes with the latest version of Windows 10.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and