Deleting Old User Profiles

I would like to delete any user profiles older than 30 days prior to backing up a client system. I am getting an access denied when trying to remove the c:\users\jsmith\AppData\Local\Application Data’ directory. Also is there any way to delete all the registry info associated with that user?

I have to use powershell v2

Here is what i have so far … thanks

[int]$Days= 30

Write-Warning "Filtering for user profiles older than $Days days" 

$profile = gwmi  win32_userprofile  | ? {$_.localpath -like "*c:\users\*" -and  $_.localpath -notlike "C:\Users\Administrator"}  | 
select  localpath,@{ Name = "lastUseTime" ; Expression = { $_.Converttodatetime( $_.LastuseTime ) } } | 
Where {$_.LastUseTime -lt $(Get-Date).AddDays(-$days)} 

if ($profile -eq $null){Write-Host  "No user profiles older than $Days days where found " 
else {
remove-item $profile.localpath -Recurse -Force 

If you are using Windows Vista or higher, and Server 2008R2 or up, you can do it like this:

( Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_UserProfile | Where-Object { $_.LocalPath -eq ‘c:\users\user’ } ).Delete()

There is a lot of fuss about if the .Delete method exists or not, it is not in the MSDN, however I just did it on a test 2008R2 machine and it worked as expected.

That method is not working for me

Deleting user profiles is a tricky business. I believe PowerShell is not the right tool for the job. We’re using Helge Klein’s Delprof2 tool at work which does exactly this job very well without issues.

Like Daniel I use delprof but my friend gave me the script found here PowerShell Profile Removal GUI | Learn Powershell | Achieve More. I gave it a go and for me it was temperamental but it did work.

ok thx guys im gonna check it out

Just so you understand the problem with your script. You are generating a PSObject from Get-WMIObject, so the object doesn’t have a .Delete() method (even if it did, it would just manipulate the PSObject, not the profiles). As soon as you use Select-Object, you are generating a PSObject. That is why the example Raymond provided worked using an implicit foreach (available in v3 and above). If you are using Powershell V2, you would have to explicitly use a foreach:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_UserProfile | Where-Object { $_.LocalPath -eq 'c:\users\user'} | foreach{$_.Delete()}

To help you understand further, using your $profile variable above, do:

$profile | foreach{ $_.GetType()}

and then try:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_UserProfile | Where-Object { $_.LocalPath -eq 'c:\users\user'} | foreach{$_.GetType()}

You should also look at some of the Win32_UserProfile properties such as Special (indicates a SYSTEM, NETWORK, ADMINISTRATOR profile) and Loaded (indicates a profile is loaded in registry) to do your filtering. You are specifically looking for “Administrator” and not other system profiles in your filter plus it should be done in WMI filtering, not after. See what is returned with this:

gwmi Win32_UserProfile -Filter "Loaded=False And Special=False"

Lastly, I’ve had issues deleting profiles in Terminal Server environments because of long path\files which AppData contains temporary internet files that I usually find the culprit. Attached is a script that I wrote for our Citrix\TS folks and it seemed to work without issue and provided logging indicating why a profile was skipped or deleted. The script is writted to support -WhatIf, so make sure you test, then test, test again in a non-production environment:

PS C:\> C:\Scripts\Delete-Profile.ps1 -WhatIf

Thx Rob I’m going to check it out ill let you know

Script to Remove User Profiles older than two days

$d = (get-date).AddDays(-2)
$prof = @(ls c:\users -Exclude “Administrator”)
foreach($i in $prof){
if($i.lastwritetime -lt $d){
$tobedeleted += $i }

foreach($p in $tobedeleted){
cmd.exe /c “rmdir /s /q $p”