How to delete Windows 10 account: Lately, you’ve realized that too many accounts are set up on your computer, many of which belong to people who no longer live in your home. To tidy up the Windows login screen a bit, you therefore thought of getting rid of the profiles that are no longer useful: after a few seconds, however, you realized that you had no idea how to proceed, therefore you slung on Google looking for a solution to your problem and you ended up right on this my guide.
How do you say? Did I definitely guess? Perfect, then I really have to tell you that you are in the right place, at a time that could not have been better: following the instructions that I am going to provide you in the following lines, in fact, you will learn to delete Windows 10 account simply and quickly. In addition, I will take care to explain how to cancel an email account from the Windows 10 Mail app, so as not to receive all those annoying notifications related to it.
So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable, cut out some free time for yourself and read by thread and by sign everything I have to say on the subject: I am sure that, at the end of this guide, you will be perfectly able to accomplish the goal you have set yourself, obtaining that sense of “order” that you longed for. Happy reading and good work!
How to delete Windows 10 administrator account
As I mentioned to you at the beginning of this guide, delete an account from Windows 10 it is an extremely simple operation to complete, even if it is a profile with administrative privileges. Before continuing, however, I must clarify a couple of very important things: first, the profile to be deleted must have been previously disconnected from the computer, otherwise it will not be possible to proceed with its definitive cancellation.
In addition, it is necessary that the operation of deleting an administrator user be carried out through an account with elevated privileges (or prior knowledge of the credentials of another administrator of the computer). Precisely for this reason, Windows 10 allows the deletion of an administrator-type user profile only if at least the same computer is configured another account with elevated privileges. So if you don’t have one, you need to create one by following the instructions below.
Create an elevated user account
To create a user profile in Windows 10, you must first open the menu Start (by clicking on the shaped button pennant located in the lower left corner of the screen) and press the button ⚙, then choose the item Account from the screen that opens and select the item Family and other people, located in the lateral section of the same.
At this point, presses the button [+] corresponding to the wording Add another user to this PC, Indicates a Microsoft account to be used to access (you can create a new one by following these instructions) and then specify the password to access the account to finalize the process.
If you do not intend to associate the new user with a Microsoft profile and you want to create a local profile, you must click on the item instead I don’t have this person’s login information and then on the voice Add a user without a Microsoft account. Therefore, specify a first name for the new profile, type in the password in the fields provided and indicates three questions and three safety answers using the appropriate menus and fields.
After creating the new user, with or without a Microsoft account, you need to turn it into an administrator-type user by going to change the account type: all you have to do is access the section again Settings> Accounts> Family and other people, click on the newly created account and press the button Change account type. If you need a hand to complete this operation, I recommend that you carefully read my guide on how to become a Windows 10 administrator.
Delete an administrator account
Now that you’ve finally created the new administrative account, you can proceed with deleting the old one. First, therefore, restart your computer and log in with the profile you have just created, then open the menu Start or the search bar of Cortana and, in the text field, type the words Control panel, then click on the most relevant result (the one marked with the wording Desktop app).
Once the Control Panel screen opens, click on the items User account is Remove user account, select the first name of the profile you wish to delete and then click on the item Delete account. At this point, choose whether to save the user’s personal files (Desktop files and Documents, Music, Videos and so on), by pressing the button Keep your files, or if you want to permanently delete them, by clicking on the button Delete the files. To conclude and permanently cancel the account, press the button Delete.
If you are not interested in saving the files of the user you are about to delete, you can also remove the profile via the Settings Windows 10: after opening the menu Start, push the button ⚙ resident in it, access the section Account and move to the tab Family and other peopleby selecting it from the left bar.
To conclude, press on the account you wish to cancel and conclude the operation by clicking on the buttons Remove and Delete accounts and data: after a few seconds, the user account and related personal files will be deleted from the system.
How to disable Administrator account in Windows 10
For some reason, you had the need to activate the Administrator account (ie the “super-admin” account that can act undisturbed in the operating system, without receiving the continuous authorization requests generated by the user account control) and now, for security reasons, do you want to deactivate it? Then this is the most suitable section for you!
Before proceeding, make sure that you have disconnected the account in question from the system and that you have logged in from a profile with administrative privileges (or to know the username and password of an administrator, if you intend to act from a profile with limited permissions).
In any case, you can deactivate the Administrator account in a very simple way: first, do right click on the button Start of Windows, select the item Windows PowerShell (Administrator) from the proposed context menu and presses the button Yup (also indicating, if necessary, the credentials of a computer administrator).
Once done, type the command net user administrator / active: no in the window that appears on the screen, followed by pressing the button Submit: if everything went smoothly, you should get the answer Command operation successful. To finalize the deactivation of the super-admin account, you simply have to restart the computer.
Alternatively, if you have a “professional” version of Windows 10 (and not a basic version like the Home, so to speak), you can perform the same operation by acting through theSecurity Policy Editor, the Windows management panel that allows you to specify the behavior of the system in the most delicate situations.
To do this, type in the key combination Win + R and, in the window that opens, specify the command secpol.msc, followed by pressing the button Submit. Once you open the security policy configuration screen, expand the items Local criteria is Security options, do double click on the key Account: account administrator status and, in the small screen that opens, set the value Off and presses the button OK to finalize it all. To make the change active, make a computer restart.
How to delete limited Windows 10 account
Contrary to what we saw previously for administrative accounts, you can get rid of a limited account (that is, it does not have elevated privileges on the system), without the need to create a “replacement”.
Keep in mind that this operation must be carried out by a user profile other than the one to be deleted and that, to be successful, that profile must have administrative privileges (or you need to know the password of a computer administrator). In addition, the account to be canceled must have been previously disconnected from the system.
All clear? OK, let’s proceed. First, open the menu Start Windows 10, type the words control panel in the appropriate search area and select the homonymous result, marked with the wording Desktop app.
At this point, click on the item User account, then on the option Remove user account and, if necessary, specify a username it’s a password as administrator and press the button Yup. Clearly, this last step is not necessary if you are acting from an account with elevated privileges.
Next, click on the first name of the account to be deleted, then on the item Delete account, indicates whether remove or to maintain in a folder on the desktop the personal files of the user you are about to delete (Documents, Music, Videos and so on) and finally confirms the will to proceed by pressing the button Delete.
If you intend to do this through a type account administrator, you can follow an alternative, equally valid way: open the menu Start, click on the button ⚙ located on the sidebar to access the system settings and, in the screen that appears, press the button Account and subsequently on the item Family and other people, located on the left.
At this point, all you have to do is click on the profile to be deleted, then on the button Remove and, aware that this operation will delete the user’s personal files (those contained on the Desktop, in the Documents, Music, Video folders and so on), conclude the operation by pressing the button Delete accounts and data.
How to remove accounts from the Windows 10 Mail app
After installing Windows 10, you wanted to give the app an opportunity Mail, by configuring your email account inside. After some time, however, you decided to opt for a program that you think is best suited to your needs and you have slowly “abandoned” the default Windows 10 client.
Nonetheless, the latter continues to send you notifications for each message received and, to avoid this “annoying” behavior, you would now like to remove the previously configured e-mail profile from it.
Well, you can do this extremely easily: to start, start the app Mail by calling it from the menu Start Windows 10, presses the button ☰ to call up the configuration menu and click on the item Account that appears inside.
At this point, do right click on the email address you wish to delete and, if you only want to disable the receipt of notifications relating to it, click on the item Turn off notifications and close the program quietly.
If, on the other hand, you want to completely delete the e-mail profile, you must select the entry Account settings, click on the option Delete account and, to confirm the will to proceed, press the button Delete located at the bottom of the profile settings screen. Nothing more, nothing less!