I just installed Windows 8 Pro on my PC, and I accidentally made two user accounts, one local and one connected online. I want to remove the local one, but I don't know how to do it. I searched the "change PC settings" panel, but I found nothing there. Where I can do this?


Command Prompt > lusrmgr.msc opens user management mmc. Right-click to delete the one you want.


Control Panel > More Settings > Add or remove user accounts > Select the local user > Click "Delete the account" (source)


you want to delete the profile right click on my pc advanced User profiles -> Settings select the profile -> Delete -> ok-> ok-> ok-> ok


I also had problems with removed user's directory still existing under C:\users. I tried to take ownership - worked for all files except a couple.

Used a utility called LockHunter to see "What's locking this file?" and well - it was the the service WMPNetworkSvc. (I had logged on one time on the removed user account.)

Closed down the service and... the directory disappeared!

Maybe this would have been resolved anyway after a restart.


You should check it the account is really gone by verifying that the directory of the account name is removed from c:\Users. I deleted two local accounts and still cannot get rid of the directories. Even as administrator you are denied access even with UAC off.

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    This isn't really an answer. All you need to do is take ownership of the directory.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 5 '12 at 18:17

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