Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11

Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11

/ Sed Galope

Sometimes, the deletion of an account from windows can be as time-consuming as the process of creating one. Whether it’s space needed or a new profile folder, accounts and profiles are also being adjusted.

If you have already signed in, you cannot remove a Microsoft account from Windows. The methods in this guide are only applicable if you sign in to the computer with a different account and as an administrator or a local account.

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Creating A Local Admin Account

You can create a local administrator account on your computer as follows. (If you have already made a local account type for administrator access, please scroll down to Use the Windows Settings to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11)

  • Press “Windows” + “I” to open Settings.
  • Click on “Accounts” from the left pane.
accounts option
  • Next, click on the “Family & other users” tile in the Account settings on the right pane.
family and other users option
  • Click the Add account button below the “Other users” section.
other user option
  • Microsoft will ask you to choose how the person will sign in. Click on the “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” link under the “Email or Phone tab.”
sign in information not available
  • Select the “Add a user without a Microsoft account” option since you want to add a local account.
add user without microsoft account
  • Choose a username and password. Then, scroll down to set three security questions and answers on the “create a user for this PC page.” Then, click on the Next button to complete the process.
fill out sign in options
  • Click on the name of the local administrator account from the Other Users’ section.
change account type
  • Click Change account type from the drop-down options.
  • Next, select the “Administrator” option as the account type and click “OK.”

Activating the Windows Built-in Local Administrator

It is best to activate the Windows built-in local administrator if you do not want to create a new user (local) administrator account. To do this:

  • Right-click the start button on the taskbar, and select the Windows Terminal (Admin) option from the context menu to open the Windows Terminal with administrator rights.
windows terminal
  • Copy and paste the command bow and hit the enter button.
  • net user Administrator /active:yes
net user administrator active yes
  • Enter the second command below and hit Enter again after the first command above is completed:
  • net user Administrator *
  • Set a password as prompted in the PowerShell window to complete the process.
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You can now remove your Microsoft account by signing in to your computer with the local administrator account you just created or the built-in administrator account you activated as follows:

  • Press “Alt” + “F4 from the desktop screen.
  • Select “Sign Out” in the shutdown options and Click “OK.”
shut down windows

When the computer restarts, sign in with the local or built-in administrator accounts. You will see the option to select your preferred login account at the bottom left of the sign-in screen. Then, follow the on-screen prompts to sign in successfully.

Use the Windows Settings to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11

One of the easiest ways to remove a Microsoft account from Windows 11 is using the Windows Settings app. Here are the required steps to do this:

Open Settings

Open the Windows settings app from your computer start menu. Click on the start button on the taskbar and select Settings under the pinned apps section.

  • Click on “Accounts” from the left pane of the Settings page.
account settings

The Windows Accounts (Microsoft account) Settings will display on the right pane of the page. Click on the “Other Users” tile if you signed in to the built-in local administrator.

select other users
  • Otherwise, click on the “Family and Other Users” tile from there.

Now go to the “Other users” section on the following page, select the Microsoft account you want to remove, and continue the process as follows:

  • Click on the “Microsoft account” to drop down a menu option.
  • Click the “Remove” button on the Account and data tile.
remove account

Once you click on each, a small prompt will pop up requesting to delete the account and data. Be sure to click the “Delete account and data” button at the bottom of the prompt.

Use the Control Panel to Remove a Microsoft Account from Windows 11

You can remove a Microsoft account from Windows 11 with the Control Panel app if you have created a local account with an administration right, allowing more access to select administrator access, initial setup, and delete files.

1. Open the Control Panel

Search for the Control Panel with the windows search option, click on the “search button” from the taskbar, type “Control Panel” in the text field, and click on “open” from the search results page.

search run control

You can also open the Control Panel with the Windows Run utility. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run dialog box, type “Control” in the field, and hit “Enter” to open the Control Panel.

2. User Accounts Panel

View the Control Panel by category. You can change this with the View by option at the top right of the window. Next, you will have to click “Users Account.”

user accounts control panel
  • Note: Do not click on the Change account type link under it.

3. Remove the Account from Windows

  • Click on the “Remove User Accounts” link on the next page; this will activate the option to view and move Microsoft accounts.
remove accounts from windows
  • Select the Microsoft account from the account options.
  • Click on the “Delete the account” link (delete account button) on the left side of the window.
  • Select an option to delete or keep the account’s files. Then, confirm the deletion to remove the Microsoft account from Windows 11

Use the Computer Management Option.

Windows computer management is another app that lets you remove accounts from Windows 11 and allows you to modify other local accounts/local user options.

1. Open Computer Management

Press “Windows” + “S” to open the search option, type “Computer Management” in the search field, and double-click the icon from the search results.

2. Navigate to Users

Navigate to the users’ folder on the left pane of the window when the Computer Management window opens with this path: Computer Management > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users

3. Remove the Account from Windows 11

You can remove the Microsoft account from the users’ folder as follows:

  • Click on the Users folder on the left pane.
  • Right-click on the account you want to remove on the right pane and select “Delete” from the context menu.

Frequently Asked Questions About Removing Microsoft Accounts from Windows 11

Is Removing Microsoft Account Profiles from My Device Harm it?

No, removing personal data and profile management isn’t something that typically harms your operating device. Malicious activity usually occurs when you would download something non-securely and not directly from the Microsoft store.

Is it Safe to Create a Local User Account?

Although there is the excellent convenience of quickly and automatically logging into your operating system, there is a major lack of physical security to your PC. Anyone could access your device, access the admin rights, and tamper with or even delete personal content.

So for some users, a local account could create privacy concerns.  

Sed Galope
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Sedfrey is an experienced writer and editor. He's also a PC hardware and gaming enthusiast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about the latest innovations in the PC market and finding fixes to hardware and software errors.