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Deleted user account, but user folder was not deleted.

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    Windows 8.1

    Deleted user account, but user folder was not deleted.

    I recently deleted a user account, and clicked yes to also delete all associated files...the user was successfully deleted, however, the user's folders/files remain, and cannot be deleted. Is it possible to associate that user's folder with a new user's login? If not, what needs to be done in order to delete the remaining user folder?

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    You will need to be signed on as a user that is part of the administrator account to delete the user account folder.

    You can't associate the folder with a new user (well not easily) but you can copy the contents of documents, music etc to a new user.


    1. Sign on as an administrator
    2. Create a new user
    3. Sign on to the new user and sign off
    4. Sign on as an administrator again
    5. Copy the data you want to the new users folder
    6. Delete the old user folder
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    Windows 8.1

    Associating a new user with existing files is painful because the system says you don't own any of the files. Ownership can be changed, but it is far easier to copy the files because the new copies will be owned by the new user.
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Deleted user account, but user folder was not deleted.
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