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Windows 8 - User profile cannot be deleted - Delete button grayed out

    Question

  • Hi,

    I need to delete my user profile on Windows 8. I restarted my computer and logged in as Administrator. When I go to System Properties > User Profiles, click on my profile to highlight, the Delete button remains grayed out. I have done some searching and mostly only XP is discussed. They suggest deleting the profile from within Safe Mode but I think Windows 8 dumped Safe Mode. Pressing the F8 key during boot-up has no effect.

    How can I delete this profile?

    Thanks,

    Rob

    Monday, July 15, 2013 5:37 PM

Answers

  • I don't need to delete the User Account, I need to delete the User Profile.

    I logged in using a different domain user account with admin rights to the computer. After that, the Delete button was no longer gray and I could delete the account. Seems funny that the local administrator account couldn't do the job.

    • Marked as answer by robwm1 Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM
    Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM

All replies

  • Run the "local users and group" MMC snapin and delete the account there.

    http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=696190&seqNum=5


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Monday, July 15, 2013 6:45 PM
  • I don't need to delete the User Account, I need to delete the User Profile.

    I logged in using a different domain user account with admin rights to the computer. After that, the Delete button was no longer gray and I could delete the account. Seems funny that the local administrator account couldn't do the job.

    • Marked as answer by robwm1 Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM
    Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM
  • Hi,

    Glad to hear this issue has been solved.

    Regards,


    Vincent Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:04 AM