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Simple Steps: How to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11

One of the features of earlier versions of Windows allowed users to set up and proceed with the local account but without logging into account. The new versions of Windows, which is Windows 11 makes it difficult for the users to continue without Microsoft Account. Thus, users need to know how to remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11. In this article, we provided some ways to help you remove your Microsoft Account from Windows 11.

Why Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11 to Use It Without Login?

If you want to use Windows with a great experience, it is suggested to have a Microsoft Account, which helps you sync your settings across devices, unlocks extra features in built-in applications, access to Windows App Store, facilitates Microsoft OneDrive and Office, etc.

On the other hand, some people want to use their Windows without a Microsoft Account because of their privacy or whatever the reasons are, there are some ways to delete Microsoft Account on your laptop or desktop that we presented below:

How to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows Settings?

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Start Menu.
  2. Enter Settings.

Note: You can press Windows + I to enter Settings too.

  • From the sidebar at the left, click on Accounts.
  • Select Your Info.
  • Hit Sign in with a Local Account Instead under Account Settings.
  • When it asked to sign out of your Microsoft Account, confirm it.
  • Set up a Local Account with the desired username and password.
  • To remove the Microsoft Account, follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Now, you have successfully signed out of the Microsoft Account.

How to Remove Microsoft Account from Control Panel?

The other way to remove the Microsoft Account is using your Control Panel. This method is divided to three parts that you need to do to delete Microsoft Account. To do so, follow the parts from the first part to the end:

Part 1: Create a Local Account

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. From the sidebar, click on Accounts.
  3. Choose Family & Other Users.
  4. Next to Other Users, select Add Account.
  5. Hit I Don’t Have This Person’s Sign-in Information if you are connected to the internet.
  6. Select Add a User without a Microsoft Account.
  7. You will be taken to the Local Account Creation Screen if offline.
  8. Set a Username and Password.
  9. To finish creating a local account, hit Next.

Part 2: Set the Local Account as Administrator

  1. Go to the Start Menu.
  2. Type Control Panel.
  3. Enter Control Panel.
  4. Select User Accounts.
  5. Select Remove User Accounts.
  6. Hit the Local Account that you created.
  7. Click on Change Account Type.
  8. Set it to Administrator.
  9. Save it.

Part 3: Delete the Microsoft Account

  1. In the Control Panel, go back to the User Accounts.
  2. Hit the Microsoft Account that you want to delete.
  3. Select Delete the Account.
  4. Now, Windows will ask you to Keep Files or Delete Files. Choose whatever it suits you.
  5. Now your Microsoft Account will be deleted from your Windows 11 system.

How to Remove Microsoft Account from User Accounts Settings?

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Press Windows + R to open Run.
  2. Type netplwiz.
  3. Open User Account Settings.
  4. Choose the Microsoft Account that you want to remove or delete.
  5. Hit the Remove button.
  6. Press Yes to confirm.

If you cannot click on the Remove Button, follow the steps below:

  1. Choose the Microsoft Account that you want to remove.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Choose Group Membership.
  4. Change it to Standard from Admin.
  5. Select Apply.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Hit Ok again to close the user accounts panel.
  8. If it asks you wo sign out or sign in, hit Yes and unlock your Windows PC with the local account credentials.
  9. Now, repeat the steps above to remove without any problem.

How to completely Delete a Microsoft Account?

You should remove your Microsoft account before deleting it. It is a simple procedure, but your emails and data of your email will be removed from your device. After removing the Microsoft Account from Windows, we will lead you to the Microsoft site to show you how to close the Microsoft Account. Before doing anything, make sure that you did everything that you may need to do later. You should remember that, you will lose all your emails, OneDrive files, Xbox live data, Skype messages, perpetual licenses, account balance, and reward points. Thus, make sure they are backed up.

Also, you should cancel any subscription, back up your OneDrive files, spend gift card money, and make sure you have Microsoft Authenticator recovery codes. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Press Start.
  2. Select Settings in your pinned apps.
  3. In the sidebar, select Accounts.
  4. Under your Microsoft Account Email, hit Remove.
  5. To remove the Microsoft Account from Microsoft, hit Yes.
  6. Go to the Close Your Account webpage.
  7. Enter your Email Address.
  8. Hit Next.
  9. Input your Microsoft Account Password.
  10. Hit Next.
  11. Choose a method to verify your identity.

Note: Here, you need a verification code from your email or your phone, so Microsoft will close your account and somebody else. We’ll choose the Email option.

  1. To verify it, type your secondary email.
  2. Hit Send Code.
  3. Input the code, which is sent to your email.
  4. Hit Verify.
  5. When it asked you to stay signed in, select No.
  6. Read the account closure advice and hit Next when everything is ready.
  7. Tick all the boxes.
  8. Hit Mark Account for Closure.
  9. Select Done.


Some people may need to delete Microsoft Account for some reasons. In this article, we presented how to do so. Have you ever wanted to remove Microsoft Account? Why did you want to do that? Have you ever tired each of the methods above? Which one? Share your ideas with us.

Reyhane A

Reyhane is an author and technology enthusiast who has a passion for writing about Windows tips and tricks. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Reyhane always had an interest in technology, which led her to pursue a degree in computer engineering from the University of Tehran. After completing her studies, Reyhane began working as a software engineer, where she gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of technology. She soon discovered her love for writing, and began sharing her knowledge with others through her blog. Reyhane's blog quickly gained popularity, and she became known as an expert in the field of Windows tips and tricks. Her articles are known for being clear, concise, and easy to understand, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of technical expertise. Today, Reyhane continues to share her knowledge with the world through her blog and YouTube channel, where she provides tips and tricks for Windows users to help them optimize their computer's performance and get the most out of their technology. In addition to her passion for technology, Reyhane enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid reader and is always on the lookout for new books to add to her collection. Reyhane's dedication to her work and her love for technology have made her a respected figure in the industry, and she continues to inspire and educate others through her writing and online content.

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