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Need help removing my Microsoft Account from a Computer I've sold

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#1 JazzMahn


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:44 PM

I have a HP Laptop that had Windows 8 on it which I upgraded to Windows 8.1.  All went well with the upgrade.


As I had the laptop set up with my Microsoft Account, I wish to eliminate it from the laptop.  I have set the laptop up with a

local account but am not able to delete my Microsoft Account.  I am wondering if someone could tell me what to do.  I need to

get my Microsoft Account off of the machine.


Thanks for telling me what to do.  I really appreciate it.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:12 PM

I believe if you go into 'Settings - User accounts' you will find the ability to create a new user account. You then make this an 'Administrator' account and set it up with a local account, ie give it a password. Then delete the original Admin account.


I have done this in 8.1 and it worked, so it should work in 10. Make the password something simple, short and easy to memorise then you can pass it on and the new user can either keep it like that or create his/her own Admin account with whatever sort of log-in they wish.


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 02:33 PM

You do not have to create a new account. Under Settings > Accounts - Select Sign in with local account instead. 

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 04:41 PM

Before selling it you'll probably want to make some windows reinstall media, backup your files to a external media, wipe the whole disk completely and maybe do a few overwrites, then make a fresh install of windows so the buyer will be able to start from a fresh system.
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