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Unable to permanently delete domain user profile folders RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have several user profiles that we would like to delete when setting up Windows 7 images so that old users do not have their folders stored on the new images. However, after manually deleting the folders under C:\Users and then locating their keys in the registry and deleting those, the users' folders return immediately after any of our computers that we try this on gets rebooted.

    Is there another step that we're missing? I've been searching around online and have been unable to locate any solutions. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 4:15 PM

Answers

  • Hi0

    I think the right way to delete a profile would be Right click on My computer -> Properties -> Advanced System settings -> Advanced -> user profiles -> settings. Here you can select the required profile and then delete it.


    Janaki Hariharan

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6:49 PM
  • Okay, this method does work, but I think I've narrowed the issue down to Symantec. When Symantec runs a scheduled scan, it recreates the user's folder under C:\Users. I guess I'll have to find out how to turn off the scans without knowing each user's password. Thanks for the help. I'll see if I can do some more research for this.

    Friday, September 7, 2012 5:20 PM

All replies

  • Hi0

    I think the right way to delete a profile would be Right click on My computer -> Properties -> Advanced System settings -> Advanced -> user profiles -> settings. Here you can select the required profile and then delete it.


    Janaki Hariharan

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6:49 PM
  • Thanks, I wasn't aware of that Properties menu. That will probably fix it. I will try it out and respond if there are further issues.
    Wednesday, September 5, 2012 6:56 PM
  • Okay, this method does work, but I think I've narrowed the issue down to Symantec. When Symantec runs a scheduled scan, it recreates the user's folder under C:\Users. I guess I'll have to find out how to turn off the scans without knowing each user's password. Thanks for the help. I'll see if I can do some more research for this.

    Friday, September 7, 2012 5:20 PM
  • I am experiencing the same. So to check if Symantec scheduled scan is the reason, I will turn off the scheduled scan, let see if the user I like to delete permanently will not be there anymore after rebooting several time.
    Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:45 PM
  • I have a similar problem, but the former domain user's profile is not listed in My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced -> User Profiles -> Settings, but the user's folder still exists.

    What is the correct way to permanently delete the user's folder so it doesn't reappear?

    (I'm using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit)

    • Edited by zenmaster43 Friday, February 19, 2016 7:00 PM
    Friday, February 19, 2016 6:59 PM