In previous article, I mentioned How To Use Fraction (Not "/") In Google Docs but in this article, I have mentioned How To Delete Microsoft Account From Windows 11, step by step procedure.
Deleting your Microsoft account from your Windows 11 computer is essential if you want to donate or sell the computer. There are other reasons too, like having multiple accounts on the PC, and so on. This article will discuss the different methods you can employ regardless of our reason. Read on!
Before you delete your Microsoft account, you should know that you will lose access to Outlook, Office, Skype, Xbox/Xbox Live, OneDrive, Microsoft Store, and Minecraft. If you want to use these tools in the future, you will need to create another account, and lost data is not retrievable.
Also, deleting is not permanent until after 30 days as they remain on the servers temporarily.
Lastly, you cannot delete a Microsoft account on Windows 11 unless you sign in to the computer with a different account. Therefore, you need to first create and sign in to a local admin account on your computer if it is not running multiple accounts.
Here are the steps to create and sign in to a local administrator account on your computer.
- Press Windows + I anywhere on your computer to open the Settings app.
- Click on the Accounts tile from the left pane of the window.
- Then, select Family & other users from the right pane.
- Navigate to the “Other users” section on the next page, and click Add account.
- Choose how the user will sign in by clicking the "I don't have this person's sign-in information" link.
- Next, click the "Add a user without a Microsoft account" link.
- Choose your preferred username and password for the account.
- Choose three security questions you prefer and answer them to secure the account. Next, click Next to complete.
- The system will take you back to the Family & other users settings page; click on the new account you created.
- Click on the Change account type button.
- Change the account type to Administrator, then click OK.
Now, sign out of your computer or restart it to sign in to the new administrator account you created. Only then can you delete your Microsoft account.
Note that you do not need to create a local administrator account if you already have multiple administrator accounts on your computer. You only need to sign in to the computer with a different account from the one you want to delete.
How To Delete Microsoft Account From Windows 11
Method 1: Delete Microsoft Account Using The Settings App
Follow these steps to delete a Microsoft account using the Settings app:
- Press the "Windows" and "I" keys simultaneously to open Settings.
- Click on Accounts in the left pane of the Settings window.
- Click on Other Users or Family & other users on the right side of your screen. It will display the accounts signed on your computer.
- Click the Microsoft account you wish to delete and click on Remove below it.
- Click on Delete account and data to complete.
Method 2: Delete Microsoft Account Using Control Panel
If you do not wish to use the Settings app, you can follow these steps to delete a Microsoft account using the Control Panel:
- Open search from its icon in the taskbar and type control panel in the search field and click open.
- Ensure you are viewing the Control Panel items in Category view.
- Click on User Accounts.
- Click on Remove user accounts.
- Select the Microsoft account you wish to remove.
- Click on Delete the account.
- Click on Delete Files to delete the account and files. If you want to retain your files, click on Keep Files instead.
- Click on Delete Account.
The Microsoft account is deleted from your computer after you complete these steps.
Method 3: Delete Microsoft Account Using Command Prompt
Follow these steps to delete a Microsoft account using Command Prompt:
- Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, type cmd in the text field, and hit Enter to run the Command Prompt.
- Type "net user" in the prompt and press Enter to display the accounts signed in to your computer.
- Next, paste the command: net user USERNAME /delete in the prompt.
- Replace USERNAME with the name of the account you wish to delete, and press the "Enter" key.
You will delete the Microsoft account from your computer with that, but its files will remain on your computer.
Method 4: Delete Microsoft Account Using Computer Management
Follow these steps to delete a Microsoft account using Computer Management:
- Open search from its icon in the taskbar and search "Computer Management," then click the Computer Management icon on the search results page.
- Navigate to the path below:
Computer Management > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users
- Right-click the account you want to delete and select Delete.
- Click Yes to confirm the deletion.
This option will also delete your Microsoft account, but your files will remain on the computer.
Method 5: Delete Microsoft Account Using PowerShell
Follow these steps to delete a Microsoft account using PowerShell:
- Click the search icon in the taskbar, type PowerShell in the text field, and click Run as administrator.
- Type "Get-LocalUser" and hit Enter to display the accounts signed in to your computer.
- Next, paste the command: Remove-LocalUser -Name "USER-ACCOUNT" in the command line.
- Replace "USER-ACCOUNT" with the name of the account you wish to delete, and press the "Enter" key to complete the command.
You can apply any of the methods above to delete Microsoft accounts from Windows 11, and they will work for you.
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