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You can argue that Windows 10 is better when you’re using it in conjunction with a Microsoft Account. It means you can sync your data and settings, install apps across multiple devices, and automatically sign in to apps and services that use a Windows ID for authentication.

That said, some people are uncomfortable with using a Microsoft Account 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro Windows user accounts have evolved from isolated local accounts to online accounts with various privacy challenges. We help you sort out your accounts and find the settings that work for you. Read More to log into their machines. Whether it’s concerns over security 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account You can't use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns. Read More , worries about how Windows handles private data, or a simple yearning for the olden days, some users feel happier using a local account.

In this article we look at how to totally delete your Windows Account and how to make a local account on a Windows 10 machine.

How Do You Get a Windows Account?

Lots of people will have a Windows Account without even realizing it. In fact, if you’ve ever had a Hotmail email address, an Xbox Live account, a .NET Passport, or used some other Microsoft service, the chances are you’ve got one.

It is the latest incarnation of Windows Live ID, with the rebranding occurring around the time of Windows 8’s release Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available For Download [Updates] Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available For Download [Updates] Windows 8 is now almost all grown up and ready for its official retail release. The new Microsoft operating system, which is scheduled to hit store shelves later this year, is now available for download... Read More in late 2012. It now provides a single sign-on for most of Microsoft’s services, including Outlook, Groove Music 5 Music Apps Worth Listening to Now That Grooveshark is Dead 5 Music Apps Worth Listening to Now That Grooveshark is Dead The quest to discover new music never ends. Grooveshark has closed down, but others continue to make it easier, or just better, to find and enjoy new music. Read More , Bing, Office 365, Skype, and OneDrive.

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Replace, Remove & Delete Your Microsoft Account

Getting rid of your Microsoft Account is a three-step process. Firstly, you need to create a local account to log into Windows, then you can remove the Microsoft Account login from your computer, and finally you can go ahead and delete the account itself off Microsoft’s servers.

Before you start, be aware that although you can re-add your account to a computer, once it’s deleted online there is no return – your data will be lost forever.

Step 1: Create a Local Account

You cannot delete an account from your machine while you are signed into it – you’ll need to create an alternative login with a local account first.

To do that, access the all-new Settings menu; you can find it in the Start Menu or by pressing Windows + I.


Next, navigate to the Accounts page. Once there, make sure you’re on the Your email and accounts tab. Here you will see the option to Sign in with a local account instead underneath your name.


Click it, and follow the on-screen instructions.


Step 2: Remove the Microsoft Account Login

After you’ve set up the new local account Going Private - How To Switch To A Local Account On Windows 8.1 Going Private - How To Switch To A Local Account On Windows 8.1 You have a choice! Microsoft didn't make it easy, but in Windows 8.1 it's possible to set up or switch to a regular -- local and offline -- Windows account. And it's easy! Read More , you’ll need to once again navigate back  Settings > Accounts > Your email and accounts. This time, scroll down to the bottom of the page and the section marked Other accounts you use. You will see your soon-to-be removed Microsoft Account listed.


Select it, and you’ll be presented with two options – Manage and Remove. “Manage” is essentially a shortcut to Microsoft’s online account management portal. You need to choose “Remove” and follow the remaining on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Delete Your Microsoft Account

Now that you’ve successfully removed the account from your machine, you can go ahead and delete it from Microsoft’s database. This will ensure that none of your data is used by the company without your consent Microsoft Rejects Windows 10 Privacy Concerns, Project Spark Goes Free... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Rejects Windows 10 Privacy Concerns, Project Spark Goes Free... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft counters Windows 10 criticism, Project Spark will soon be completely free, the iPhone 6s may actually be waterproof, Facebook suffers another major outage, Coca-Cola pays for emoji, and The X-Files is back. Read More , and will prevent it being harvested by an unapproved third-party without you being aware.

Before proceeding, make sure you’ve done some basic housekeeping by deleting any credit card details you might have saved in the Windows Store, erasing all your emails and emptying the trash, removing any sensitive data from OneDrive, and backing up any important files.

Once you’re sure that you are ready to proceed, navigate to in your web browser and enter your login credentials.


You’ll be presented with your account’s welcome page. You’ll need to navigate to the Security & privacy tab along the top of the screen, then click on More security settings under Account security (you might be asked to verify your identity with a security code).


Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on Close my account. You’ll be presented with a warning screen that highlights some additional steps you should take before you make the plunge. Click Next.


You’ll then be shown one final screen. Tick all the checkboxes to confirm that you understand and agree that a host of services will be deleted and lost, select the reason for the closure off the drop-down menu, then click Mark account for closure.


You will notice that you still get 60 days of grace. If you change your mind at any time during the grace period you can reactivate your account by logging back in and answering some security questions. If the 60 days lapses, your account is gone for good.

Which Type of Account Do You Use?

How do you use your Windows 10 machine? Are you running a local account, or do your prefer to use a Windows Account? What made you make that decision?

Perhaps you switched to a local account then changed your mind and reverted back? Whatever your situation we’d love to hear from you. You can let us know your thoughts, ideas, and feedback in the comments section below.

  1. scot morrison
    September 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for the step by step process. It helped greatly to get out of that account (Windows Account).

    I opened it, thinking it would help to use an account called Google Docs and sync with my phone. But found the account was 'taking over' my PC (because I am new at this). And this morning I wasn't able to open or access my OpenOffice documents.

    Not knowing how to fix that, I opted to rid my PC of the Windows account.

    But I now see that I still can't open my O.O. docs. But still glad to be out of the Windows account - for now.
    Thanks, S.M.

  2. violet
    July 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

    very clear. works well. Thank you!

  3. John Gillis
    July 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I used a system restore prior to the date I setup the MS Account.After the restore was completed the account was gone.

  4. Peter Helms
    July 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Peter the Dane

    11. juli 2016

    Thank you! This is the best artikkel to get rit of MS ;-)

  5. Jane
    March 11, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this article! I just finished closing my M$ account, and I feel a great weight lifted off my shoulders. Microsoft is becoming creepy to do business with; they are so invasive. When I bought my computer with Win 8 installed, I couldn't see anywhere how to get out of having to open an account, and give them my personal information. I mean, I gave them a bunch of totally fictitious information, but...ewww. Thanks again.

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