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    How to delete a user account in Maverick OS that is greyed out
    I just did the free upgrade to Maverick OS on my 2011 MacBook Air. It prompted me to make up a user profile which I put in as admin not realizing that I could have just used the previous one I originally did when I got it new. However I have decided to keep the new one and have copied all the files I want to keep onto a usb flash drive. I went then into system preferences and logged in as admin to make changes and changed the old admin user profile to 'standard'. Now when I log in as the new admin so that I can delete the old one that is now the standard user profile it is greyed out so that I cannot access it. How can I achieve this?

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    Yes I did and then put in my PW. I tried that a number of times. Wish that were the answer though!
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    Is there any chance that the account you put back to standard was yours instead of the one you want to delete?

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    I think Jake is on to something... it sounds like you're trying to remove your active account and that's why it's not allowing you to do so. There is a work around way to remove it but it may leave you dead in the water, so I won't recommend it to you.

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    It is the original account (lets call it account #1) I made when I first started up my MBA Xmas 2011 that I changed from 'admin' to 'standard'. I want to delete account #1. I want to work off the new one (account #2) that I made when I first booted into the newly installed Maverick OS. Account #2 is currently the only one I have that is an 'admin' user profile. And I have Account #3 which is a guest user account I made up Xmas 2011.

    So am I not able to delete account #1 now that I have made Account #2 the only 'admin'???
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    And you are logged into Account #2?

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    Yes I am logged in to Account #2 at present.
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    And the user names on Account # 1 and Account # 2 are not the same? There has to be a reason the system won't allow Account # 1 to be removed. It may be showing up as the same account or the user names may have somehow been duplicated.

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    Just in case there is something holding up Account #1, I would suggest a total shut down and then power back on and go directly into Account #2 and try it again. It may be something in cache.

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    I'm thinking of doing a clean install. I read on Apple's site to download Maverick and when it asks to install, choose no. Copy the installation program onto a usb flash drive. I am going to have to read up to find out what to do to proceed after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLicious View Post
    Copy the installation program onto a usb flash drive.
    It's not that easy (not hard either).
    Look here: How to Make a Bootable OS X Mavericks USB Install Drive
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    Thanks to all for the helpful replies. I am in the process of making a bootable thumb drive. I did not see your reply when I started this Craig, but found an almost the same article from MacWorld that I am following: Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks? | Macworld

    It is not a fast process I am noticing! Thought I'd be done in a few minutes but it is more time consuming than that. I will post my results upon completion in case anyone is interested.

    UPDATE: I decided just before I did a clean install to just follow some advice I obtained from the Apple forums. I was advised that I could use Directory Utility to delete the User Profile I didn't want (after making sure I backed up any files I didn't want to lose). It worked like a charm!
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