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How to remove a Microsoft Account from Windows 11

Windows 11 is the updated operating system from Microsoft that delivers multiple features and improvements over its predecessors. However, some users may prefer to use a local account rather than a Microsoft account to sign in to their Windows 11 PC. A local account is an account that is not connected to the cloud or any online services. It gives you more privacy and control over your PC settings and data.

If you have already set up your Windows 11 PC with a Microsoft account, you may wonder how to remove it and switch to a local account. In this article, we will show you the steps to do so.

Remove the Microsoft Account from Settings

This step is important if you have linked your Microsoft account with Windows 11. It will stop your device from syncing data with the account you are going to close.

Step 1: Go to the Start menu and select “Settings” from your pinned apps to open the Windows Settings.

Step 2: Navigate to the Settings window and click on “Accounts” to manage your account information. Under the “Email & accounts” section, find your Microsoft account and click “Remove”.

Step 3: Press “Yes” to remove the Microsoft account from Windows. This will disconnect your Microsoft account from the device.

Close the Microsoft Account Permanently

After removing the account from Windows, the next step is to close it permanently through the Microsoft website. You need to verify your identity and agree to the consequences of account closure.

Step 1: Navigate to the “close your account” webpage on Microsoft’s site to start the account closure process.

Step 2: Enter your Microsoft account email and password for verification purposes.

Step 3: Choose a verification method (email or phone) to receive a code confirming that you are the account owner and want to close the account.

Step 4: Enter the Verification Code. Type the code you received and click “Verify”.

Step 5: When asked if you want to stay signed in, select “No”. This will ensure the deletion process is not interrupted. Read the provided advice and reminders from Microsoft carefully before proceeding. You can optionally change the “60 days” dropdown to “30” to complete the process faster. This is the grace period during which you can restore your account if you change your mind.

Step 5: Check the boxes to indicate that you understand the effects of closing your account, such as losing access to your emails, files, subscriptions, and services. Then click “Mark account for closure”.

Step 6: Click “Done” to finish the account closure process. Microsoft will then schedule your account for deletion after the chosen grace period.

Creating a Local Administrator Account

If you don’t have a local administrator account on your device, you can create one by following these steps:

Step 1: Click on the Start button and go to Settings.

Step 2: In the Settings window, tap on Accounts.

Step 3: In this step, go to the left side and click on Family & Other Users.

Step 4: Under Other users, click on Add someone else to this PC.

Step 5: On the next screen, click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.

Step 6: Then tap on Add a user without a Microsoft account. Write a username and password for the new account and click on Next.

Step 7: Back on the Family & Other Users screen, click on the new account and select Change account type

Remove the account with the Control Panel.

The Control Panel is a graphic interface that lets you manage various settings and features on your computer. To remove a Microsoft account using the Control Panel, follow these steps:

Step 1: In the inquiry box on the taskbar, type the control panel and select it from the results.

Step 2: Under User Accounts, click Remove User Accounts.

Step 3: Select the Microsoft account you want to remove and click Delete the account.

Step 4: Choose whether to Delete Files or Keep Files for the account. This will affect the personal files, settings, and apps associated with the account.

Step 5: Click Delete Account to confirm.

Remove the Account with Netplwiz

Netflix is a command that opens the User Accounts window to add, remove, or modify user accounts on your computer. To remove a Microsoft account using Netplwiz, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously to open the Run box.

Step 2: In the Run box, type netplwiz and press Enter.

Step 3: In the User Accounts window, find and select the Microsoft account you want to remove and click Remove.

Step 4: Click Yes to confirm.

Remove Account with Command Prompt

Command Prompt is a text-based interface that lets you execute commands on your computer. To remove a Microsoft account using Command Prompt, heed these steps:

Step 1: In the inquiry box on the taskbar, type cmd and right-click Command Prompt from the results. Select Run as administrator and click Yes.

Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, write the following command and click Enter: net user username /delete. Replace the username with the name of the Microsoft account you want to delete.

Step 3: Wait for the process to complete.

FAQs: Microsoft account from Windows 11

How do I save my emails and contacts before deleting my Microsoft account?

Deleting your Microsoft account means losing all the data related to it, such as emails and contacts in Outlook. To prevent this, you should export your contacts and emails to a file before deleting your account. You can then import this file to another email service that you prefer. Most email services have an export option that you can use for this purpose.

Is it possible to get back my Microsoft account after it is deleted?

Your Microsoft account and all the data linked to it, such as emails, game achievements, or OneDrive files, are gone forever once you delete your account. You cannot undo this action or restore your account or data after the deletion. The grace period for deleting your account can be 30 or 60 days, depending on what you choose during the process. If you want to use Microsoft services again, you will have to create a new account.

What if I don’t remember my Microsoft account password when I want to delete it?

You need to know your password to delete your Microsoft account. If you forget it, you can use the “Forgot my password” link on the Microsoft sign-in page to reset it. You will be required to enter the email address or phone number you used for your account and verify it with a code you will receive. Then, you can set a new password and use it to continue with the account deletion process. It is important to make sure that only you can delete your account.


In this article, we have shown you how to remove a Microsoft account from Windows 11 and switch to a local account. This can give you more privacy and control over your PC settings and data. We have explained the steps to remove the account from Windows, close it permanently through the Microsoft website, and delete it using an admin account or command prompt. We have also answered some frequently asked questions about deleting a Microsoft account. 


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