How can old window user account files be removed?

I am running out of space on my hard drive see about 7 different folders under users. They are for old or unused windows account users. When I try to delete them I get an error that they are required and can not be deleted. What? How can I delete these and free up wasted disk space?



Dear pcorathers,

You can boot your machine in the safemode and then remove those unwanted users folders.
Please delete from the folders- c:temp & c:windowstemp

I would suggest you to run Treesize to get the clear view which folder is taking most of the space and whether its required or not.



Dear pcorathers,

You can boot your machine in the safemode and then remove those unwanted users folders.
Please delete from the folders- c:temp & c:windowstemp

I would suggest you to run Treesize to get the clear view which folder is taking most of the space and whether its required or not.



Usually this would indicate that an application or service is running something within the folder. You could try having a look through them - see if something like dropbox, logmein, etc has files in there.

Could also try booting into safe mode with the admin account and try removing them that way (this may cause some apps to stop working though if there is something needed within them - maybe try renaming them first? If everything works then delete them.)



Go into the control Panel, Open Users accounts, and then delete your unneeded accounts that way (you need to be an Admin to do that). When you get to delete the account, make sure you select the option to also delete the files.



Hi,

You must be getting the permission related messages, Take the ownership on those folders/users and then delete it.

To take ownership, Right click on that folder --> Properties --> Security --> Advanced --> Owner --> Edit and then check mark on "Replace Owenr on subdirectories and objests". and then click on apply.

Now you should be able to delete those users profile.

OR

use command propmt to take ownership.

TAKEOWN /F
ICACLS /grant administrators:F

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/take-ownership-of-file-or-folder-windows-7-vista/



Don't just roam around trying to delete folders. Do it the proper way as rindi has described.

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