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Windows 7 - Delete a user

Welcome to this Windows 7 tutorial for deleting a user. You may want to delete a user if that person no longer uses the computer.

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Windows 7 - Delete a user

It should be noted that you cannot delete a user that is logged on. Log off the account you wish to delete and logon as a user with Administrator privileges.

Start Menu button displays the recently used programs and the start menu which shows available programs. Access to the control panel can be made from here.

With the Windows 7 screen loaded to the desktop you will see a blue bar along the bottom and a blank screen usually blue which is the desktop and normally has a recycle bin icon on it.

From the lower left side of the screen click the Start Menu button which will pop up and produce a vertical menu as pictured left.

At the top of the menu above the user name you will see a small picture. With your mouse click this small picture.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows 7

You will see the box as on the left which shows a list of options and the existing users which in this case is 'User'.

From the menu under 'Make Changes to Your User Account' click the option 'Manage Another Account'.

This will launch the next window

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, you can see the profile pictures that can be changed

You will see the user account dialog box appear. You should see all the created users including the currently logged on user account and normally 'Guest'. Click the picture and name of the account you wish to change from the user list.

The 'Make Changes to Account' window will display.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, add and remove users, change passwords or profile pictures

You will now see the heading for 'Make Changes to 'your user' Account' and a list of available options. One of these options is 'Delete the Account'.

Click on the 'Delete the Account' hyperlink. If you don't see the option to delete it may be because you are trying to delete the account you are currently logged on with or that you have insufficient permissions to remove the account.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

Once you have clicked the 'Delete the account' option you will be prompted to with a box that asks if you wish to keep or delete any files associated with the user. Choose either 'Delete Files' or 'Keep Files'.

If you choose to keep files then a link will be placed on the desktop of the currently logged on user to the saved files although the user account will be deleted. If you delete files then all associated files will be removed.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, you can choose to be an administrator which allows change of Windows 7 system settings

You will be prompted again as to whether you are sure you want to remove the account. Click 'Delete Account'

You will be brought back to the main user accounts screen that we saw before.

In the top right click the red box with the white X in it. This closes the user accounts box and returns you to the Windows 7 desktop

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