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Delete User Profile Folder in Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 will not allow me to delete or rename an unneeded user folder.  I've tried in elevated CLI as well as in Windows Explorer.  I've read you can change boot devices by holding the volume up button, but this does not seem to work.  This is on a Surface Pro.
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As mentioned, this is a Surface, so removing the drive and mounting it in Linux is not an option.  My next tablet will not be sealed!
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Is this the only account on the device?

Are you logged onto the account you are trying to remove?

If you have another account with administrative privileges you should be able to log onto that account and remove any other accounts.
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Not the only account on the device.
It is a domain account.
I am not logged into the account I'm trying to remove.
The account I'm using to delete the account is a local administrator.  I've also tried a domain admin account.  I was able to remove the account by running "control userpasswords2" and removing the name.  I am unable to delete the leftover folder from C:\Users\
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Have you checked the advanced properties or tried to take ownership of the folder?

Sometimes and orphaned folder will have to be taken ownership of before it can be removed.

Another option could be to use a command line rmdir /s /q or rd /s /q again you may need to have ownership before either of these will work.
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Booting in diagnostic mode via MSConfig allowed me to rename/delete the user profile folder.  The command rmdir /s /q allowed me to fully delete the folder as there were files present that deleting in Windows Explorer did not remove.  I did try taking ownership, but still could not remove the folder.
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My solution fixed the issue.  The solution provided by Jeff Perry helped me get rid of files in the folder I would not have been able to remove otherwise.
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