How to delete a Windows or macOS user account

Updated: 12/26/2023 by Computer Hope
User account icons

If many people use a computer, it may have multiple user accounts. Sometimes, you need to clean up the user accounts and delete those that are unused or unwanted. To learn how to delete a user account on a Mac or Windows-based PC, select your operating system from the following list for instructions.

Note

The following steps require an administrator account.

Windows 11

Windows 11 logo
  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and press Enter.
  2. Under the User Accounts section, click User Accounts.

User Account option in the Windows 11 Control Panel.

  1. Click the Remove user accounts link.

Remove user account link in Windows 11.

  1. Select the user account you want to delete.
  2. On the Change an Account screen, click Delete the account.

Delete user account in Windows

  1. In the Delete Account window, if you want to keep any files associated with the user account, click Keep Files. To remove all files associated with the user account, click Delete Files.
  2. Click Delete Account to confirm user account deletion.

Windows 8 and 10

Windows 10
  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and press Enter.
  2. Under the User Accounts section, click User Accounts.

Change account type link in Windows 10

  1. Click the Remove user accounts link.

Remove user account link.

  1. Select the user account you want to delete.
  2. On the Change an Account screen, click Delete the account.

Delete user account in Windows

  1. To keep any files associated with the user account, click Keep Files. To remove all files associated with the user account, click Delete Files.
  2. Click Delete Account to confirm user account deletion.

Windows Vista and 7

Windows 7, Vista
  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the User Accounts option.
  3. Click User Accounts again, then the Manage User Accounts option.
  4. On the Users tab, find the user account you want to delete under the Users for this computer section. Click that user account name.
  5. Click the Delete this account option on the left side of the window.
  6. To keep any files associated with the user account, click Keep Files. To remove all files associated with the user account, click Delete Files.
  7. Click Delete Account to confirm user account deletion.

Windows XP

Windows XP
  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the User Accounts option.
  3. Click the user account name you want to delete.
  4. Click the Delete the account option.
  5. To keep any files associated with the user account, click Keep Files. To remove all files associated with the user account, click Delete Files.

Windows Command Prompt

Windows command line
  1. Open Windows Command Prompt with elevated permissions.
  1. At the command line, type net user /delete <username>, where <username> is the name of the user account you want to delete.

    For example, to delete a user account named myaccount, type the following command.

net user /delete myaccount

macOS

This section contains information on how to delete a user account from an Apple computer, such as a MacBook or iMac.

macOS Big Sur
  1. At the top-left corner of the desktop screen, click the Apple icon.
  2. Select System Settings from the Apple menu.

System Settings selector in macOS.

  1. In the left section, scroll down and click the Users & Groups selector.

Users & Groups selector in macOS.

  1. In the right section, click the information icon next to the account you want to remove.

User info icon in macOS.

  1. In the account's window, click the Delete User button.

Delete User button in macOS.

  1. Use the radio buttons to choose if you want to keep the home folder associated with the user and where (A), and click the Delete User button (B).

Final steps for deleting a user from macOS.