How to Delete Ntuser Data

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Responsible for storing Windows user account settings and preferences, the Ntuser file is a system file that must be present for the user account to function. Depending on several factors, the Ntuser file can take a noticeable amount of drive space.

If you are removing a user account you no longer need on your computer, this file can safely be deleted. You will need to be signed in on a different account with administrative privileges to remove this file.

Click "Start" then click "Computer." Double-click the "Local Disk C" icon.

Click "Tools" then "Folder" options. This opens a small dialogue window. Click the "View" tab. Click to remove the check mark next to "Hide protected operating system files" then click the "Apply" button and close the dialogue window.

  • Responsible for storing Windows user account settings and preferences, the Ntuser file is a system file that must be present for the user account to function.
  • Click to remove the check mark next to "Hide protected operating system files" then click the "Apply" button and close the dialogue window.

Double-click the "Users" folder. This folder contains subfolders named according to the account name. Double-click the account folder. Right-click "NTUSER.DAT" and click "Delete." Click the "Yes" button on the confirmation dialogue. You can also delete the "NTUSER.DAT.LOG" files.

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