Unable to delete user after used Migration Assistant

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by andrema2, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. andrema2 macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2008

    I upgrade a new Macbook Pro from Sierra to High Sierra. It was a brand new out of the box notebook. I created a user A and just used my time machine backup to restore my data, not settings or applications.

    Everything went smoothly. Then I tried to delete the user A and it is greyed out. I'm unlocking it before trying to do it. I was able to revert the user to a Standard User instead of an Admin but it didn't solve the issue.

    I tried to delete the user using a terminal command and it gave permissions error even with SUDO.

    Any ideas ?

  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    Make sure you are logged out of user A when you try to delete from your other User that has to be an admin user.
  3. andrema2 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2008
    Yes, the other user is an admin ando have logged out and rebooted several times.
  4. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    Do a Get Info to verify the User is not Locked.
    It's possible that the user is in use in Spotlight. Try adding to privacy tab.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My suggestion:

    This will require an external, fully bootable drive.

    1. Boot from an external source that is "fully bootable" -- i.e., "bootable to the finder".

    2. Click ONE time on the INTERNAL drive to select it.

    3. Type "command-i" to bring up the get info box.

    4. Click the lock icon at the bottom and enter your administrative password.

    5. In the checkbox in "sharing and permissions", put a check into "ignore ownership on this volume", and close the get info box.

    6. On the INTERNAL drive, navigate to the Users folder.

    7. Try selecting the folder for the user you wish to get rid of, and just drag that to the trash. If you are presented with a dialog requesting your administrative password, enter it and click ok. Does the folder then move to the trash?

    8. If so, empty the trash.

    9. Shut down and reboot to the internal drive. The troublesome account should be gone.

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