Typical scenario: You probably installed your Windows 10 copy and used your Microsoft account to speed up the installation and configuration process. But now, you may be wondering how to remove Microsoft account from Windows 10 to work with a local one instead, or because your installation became bloated and you have already too many user accounts.
To start, it’s necessary to clarify that it’s not possible to delete an account while you’re actually signed into it. But, if you don’t want to create another account for this purpose, you still have the option to ‘switch’ your current Microsoft account to a local one.
This is the first option we will talk about. After you’ve signed in with your Microsoft account, by typing WinKey + I you can access directly to the Settings panel. Then click on “Accounts“.
“Your Info” is the first option presented. You then need to click on “Sign in with a local account instead“.
You will be prompted for your current PIN or account password.
Next, you will be required to provide an username, and an optional password & password hint to deploy the local account.
After hitting Next, click on “Sign Out and Finish” to close the current session.
You will be again at the login screen. There, you just need to type the username and password you’ve provided.
Open “Settings” again ( It’s WinKey + I ) and this time go to Account, but click on the second left panel option “Email and accounts“. You can see the Microsoft accounts that are linked to your Windows installation, with the chance of removing them.
While searching on how to remove Microsoft account from Windows 10, this method allows you to replace your account with a different one. However, this is not the optimal solution for all cases. In case you forgot the password for the MS account you want to remove, we would suggest the use of another method.
The second method: Log in from another account and remove it from there.
By choosing this method, it’s necessary to have another account with admin privileges available. If there’s no one, you need to create it first or change the account type. Microsoft provides help in this topic.
Login to your administrator account (Make sure you have logged out of the account you intend to remove)
Open Windows Settings and click on “Accounts“
You can find “Family & Other Users” in the fifth option. There you will locate the Microsoft accounts. Click on “Remove” for the account you do want to get removed.
A confirmation dialog will appear asking to delete account and data. Confirm to proceed, and that’s it!
Alternatively, at Windows settings you can type “Control Panel” in the search bar to perform the configuration with the classic panel. Then navigate to > User Accounts > Remove User Accounts and select the user you would like to delete. Then click on Delete the account. Finally, it will ask to keep or remove the files from that user. This is up to you!
You can also remove your Microsoft Account from Netplwiz
This is the last method we will explain, probably the one that involves fewer steps.
Press WinKey + R to open the Run command box. Type netplwiz on it and press Enter.
User accounts window will open. The first tab will show you the current users. Choose the Microsoft account you want to delete from the list and then click on Remove.
A confirmation prompt will be shown, so if you are sure to proceed you just need to click on Yes. Keep in mind that all the files in it’s personal folder will be removed.