User profiles store documents, application settings, certain temporary
files, custom colors, and more. A single user’s profile can be quite large;
when multiple users share a computer, the profiles can take up a
considerable amount of space.
When a user stops using a particular shared computer, you can typically
delete the profile to free up space on the drive for other users,
applications, temporary files, and so on. While you could delete the folder
structure manually, doing so can be very time consuming. What’s more, you
might need to remove a profile on a remote computer.
The Delprof.exe tool included with the Windows 2000 Resource Kit makes it
easy to remove user profiles locally or on a remote computer. Delprof.exe
can delete profiles on computers running Windows NT or later (except for
Windows 9x or ME machines).
Delprof.exe supports several command-line arguments that let you specify the
target computer, run the tool in quiet mode, force continuation when an
error occurs, and cause the tool to prompt for verification before deleting
the profile. You can also specify a number of days of inactivity, and
Delprof.exe will delete any profiles that have seen no activity for that
period or longer.
To view the syntax for Delprof.exe, execute the following command: