How to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 10

Microsoft accounts have lots of advantages when used on Windows 10. You may have experienced some of these perks like:

  • Syncing contacts: Your account syncs the contacts that have been linked with the account on all of your devices. If you save a contact on your mobile device, the contact immediately syncs on your PC or any other device.
  • Syncing settings: A Microsoft account saves your PC and mobile settings on the cloud. Anytime you change or format your device, the settings will be adjusted back automatically for you.
  • Changing passwords online: You can change the password of your account online through the live account service. This normally comes in handy when you have no idea what your password was and you are locked out of your account.
Microsoft Account Advantage on Windows 10

These are just some of the numerous benefits that come with a Microsoft account. Most people prefer using their Microsoft account instead of local accounts.

Some, however, find the disadvantages of using a Microsoft account outweigh the advantages. One of the main reasons a person may get sick of the Microsoft account is the compulsory password one has to input every time he/ she wants to log into Windows 10.

If you have had it with your Microsoft account, here is how you can remove the account from Windows:

Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 10

Before removing your Microsoft Account from your Windows 10 system, you have to first create a local account as a replacement. You might have an idea of a local account if you have already used Windows 7 or Windows XP. Let us create a local account.

How to Create a Local Account for Replacement?

Method 1:

  • First of all, you need to press the Windows logo button and R key on your keyboard at the same time to open the “Run” dialog box.
  • Type in “netplwiz” in the dialog box and hit enter.
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  • Select “sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended)”. Though Microsoft does not recommend this and insists on the other option, you need to go with it if you want a local account.
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  • Click on Local account and type in the credentials you would like to use. You can leave the ‘password field’ blank if you do not want it’.
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  • Click Next and then click Finish.

Method 2:

  • Go to Windows Settings and look for the Accounts option.
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  • On the left side, you will get multiple options, click on Family & Other Users
Create Local Account Step 2
  • After entering, click on Add someone else to this PC
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  • On the next window, just click on ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information‘.
Create Local Account Step 4
  • Now on the next window, click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
Create Local Account Step 5
  • Now fill in the details Name, Password(optional) & security questions and your local account will be created
Create Local Account Step 6

You can now sign out of your Microsoft account and use this one. Now we will discuss methods to remove a Microsoft Account from Windows 10 system.

How to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 10?

Method 1-

  • Click on settings on the start menu
Open Settings
  • Go to accounts and click on sign in options.
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  • click on “your Info” and select ‘sign in with a local account instead’.
  • Select your account and sign in. You may have to input a password if you added it earlier during formatting or purchase.

This method should replace the active Microsoft account with the local one you had before signing in. Your info remains on the computer until that time you decide to delete it. To get rid of the account’s info documents and related data, refer to method 3.

Method 2-

  • Click on the Start button and click on Settings.
Open Settings
  • Select accounts and scroll down to the account you wish to delete.
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  • Click on Remove and confirm that you really intend on deleting the account from the system.
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  • The account is now removed from your PC and lacks any association with the apps and programs.

Method 3: Clean Sweep

In this method, you get to format all the data in the OS including programs, apps and user accounts:

If you do not have a bootable DVD or Pen Driver, learn how you can make one here: Making Bootable Pen Drive

  • Reboot your computer. As the computer reboots, you need to press either ESC, f9 or f12 while it’s on the boot screen. These are the keys that take you to the boot options of the computer. You can now choose which drive the computer should boot to.
  • Select your bootable pen drive or DVD and wait for the computer to finish booting from the pen drive.
Windows 10 Installation
  • You will first see a window that allows you to choose your language. Select your preferred language and then click on ‘next’.
  • Click on install now on the next window that pops up.
  • Next, you are prompted to choose which type of installation you need to perform. If you have a previously installed window that contains important files and documents, you should choose the first option. This option allows you to keep your files and still have a fresh Windows 10.
  • If the space required is available, click on next and begin the installation.
  • In the case of a viral infection, your files are already lost and corrupted. You should select the second option which will take you to the partition manager.

Formatting:

How to Do Clean Installation
  • Select and format your partition. Choose the partition that you are going to install windows to. Normally, a large hard drive is divided into two or more so that a person can store some data where they can be recovered in case the computer is formatted.
  • You need to delete the first two partitions. You should delete the System Reserve so that details of the previous OS are deleted. The Partition will otherwise be shown on your list of partitions, which can be one pain in the neck.
  • Afterwards, click on the Unallocated Space and select new. Do not try to split the partition into the two that you deleted. The system will do it for you. Just click on new and finish it off without changing the size.
  • Click on next and wait while the installer copies the Windows 10 files to your computer.
  • You have to wait for about 10-30 minutes for the installation to complete. After that, the computer will reboot to your new copy of Windows 10.
  • The ISO file is already bootable and you just need to burn it onto an empty DVD. You can use any image software to complete to complete the process, preferably Power ISO
  • With that, your new copy of Windows 10 has no association with your previous account. After some basic settings and some software installation, you are now ready to use your Windows 10 with a local account.

4 thoughts on “How to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 10”

  1. Removing the microsoft account is never the way to go. The advantages far out way removing it. If you are annoyed at entering the password – why didn’t you tell users to use autologon.exe……

    Reply
    • “Some, however, find the disadvantages of using a Microsoft account outweigh the advantages.”

      That’s the keyword here. “Some”. You’re not one of these people and that’s ok. The password is only one reason. If someone feels like removing his MS account for any reason, then let him do it.

      The article never mentioned that you HAVE to remove your MS account. It’s only a guide for those who wish to remove their account for their own personal reasons.

      Reply
  2. PLEASE REMOVE MY ONE OLD ACCOUNT NOT OF ANY USE ANY MORE, I’LL SIGN
    BELOW FOR THE ONE TO REMOVE, IT KEEPS SHOWING UP IN HOTMAIL, AND GETS
    JUNK MAIL ONLY INFACT I CAN’T EVEN GET IN MY ONE E-MAIL WITH ALL MY
    STUFF IS ON, PLEASE HELP ME TAKE IT OFF NOW I VERY UPSET AND THATS BAD
    FOR MY HEART. THANK YOU

    Reply
  3. IT IS STILL IN THE COMPUTER AND THIS IS NOT A PRIVATE ONE THIS IS A SENIOR
    HOUSING AND OTHERS ARE ABLE TO GET IN AND READ THE TERRIBLE JUNK MAIL
    PLEASE I DON’T NEED THIS GET IT OFF NOW IM SIGNING OFF THE E MAIL I WANT
    REMOVED THANK YOU

    Reply

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