Windows NT stores local profiles for all users who log on to
that machine. But if you have several different users logging on to the same
machine, these profiles can begin to take up a lot of unnecessary space.
To save some space, you can delete these superfluous profiles
either locally or remotely. You can delete locally stored profiles by using Control
Panel’s System applet.
Follow these steps:
- Open Control
Panel’s System applet by going to Start | Settings | Control Panel |
- On the
User Profiles tab, select the profile you want to delete, and click
Yes to the confirmation, and click OK.
Keep in mind that you can’t delete the user profile of the
user you’ve logged on as. If you try, Windows will display an error message that
states the profile is in use.
To remotely delete a locally stored profile, use the
Delprof.exe command-line utility, which comes with the Windows NT Server
Resource Kit. This tool deletes all profiles that haven’t been in use for a
given number of days. Here’s an example:
C:\>delprof /p /i /c:\\homer /d:3
This command deletes any profiles that users haven’t accessed
for three days. The /p switch prompts for confirmation before deleting each
profile, the /i switch ignores errors, /c: designates the computer name, and
/d: defines the number of days since the profile was last in use.