How to delete Windows user profiles

Description

The following instructions demonstrate to how delete a user's profile on Windows 2003 server. You must have administrator permissions in order to do so.

Instructions

    1. Remove the user's Profile the advanced way: (you may need to make sure you have permissions to delete the profile directory)

      1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
      2. In this System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
      3. Under User Profiles, click Settings.
      4. Click the user profile that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
    2. Check that the profile directory has been deleted fromDocuments and Settings (you may need to delete it manually)

    3. Delete the user itself

    4. Check the registry and delete the key in case the other steps didn't. (Back up the registry first, of course)

      1. Click Start, and then click Run.

      2. Type regedit, and then click OK.

      3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
      4. Locate your user profile folder.

        NOTE: When you open the ProfileList folder, you will see several folders, each of which belongs to a different user. These folders are named according to the user security IDs (SIDs) and not according to the user names.

        To locate your user profile folder, use one of the following options:
        • For each folder, click the folder, and then look for the **ProfileImagePath** value that contains the path to your user profile (such as `%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\<username>`), or
        • In Registry Editor, press `CTRL+F` to start the Find tool. Type the user name in the "Find what" box, click to select the **Data** check box under "Look at", and then click **Find**.
      1. Delete it.
      2. Quit the Registry Editor.

Sources

  1. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814584
  2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314045
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