With the Windows 8 makeover in 2012, the software giant made it quite difficult to use the desktop system without a Microsoft account. The same is true in Windows 11. You need to sign in with a Microsoft account to unlock the full potential of your PC. But for privacy and other reasons, you can easily remove Microsoft account from Windows 11 and continue your work in local account.
You may not want to sync important files and media with OneDrive or share location with Microsoft on Windows 11. You can follow the steps below to remove your Microsoft account from Windows 11.
Should you delete your Microsoft account from Windows 11
First, we don’t recommend completely removing a Microsoft account from a Windows 11 PC. It’s an essential part of the Windows 11 experience. An active Microsoft account allows you to download apps and games from the Microsoft Store , upload media and documents to OneDrive, and sync your settings across all Windows devices.
However, if you don’t want to share your data with Microsoft, you can remove your Microsoft account from Windows 11. It’s also a good idea when you give your laptop to a friend for a few days. You can block the person from viewing your private OneDrive files and other apps on your computer. Whatever the reason, here are the ways to remove Microsoft account from Windows 11.
Create a local account on Windows 11
Before removing a Microsoft account from Windows 11, you must first add a local account on your PC. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
2nd step: Select “Accounts” from the left sidebar and click “Other users” from the right pane.
Step 3: Select “Add Account”.
Step 4: Click “I don’t have this person’s login information”.
Step 5: Select “Add a user without a Microsoft account”.
Step 6: Enter username and password and press Next to complete the setup.
To delete your Microsoft account, you must grant administrative privileges to the local account. Windows 11 creates a new local account with standard permissions. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open Accounts in Windows 11 Settings (refer to the steps above).
2nd step: Select “Other users”.
Step 3: Click the down arrow next to your local account.
Step 4: Select “Change account type”.
Step 5: Expand the Account Type menu and select Administrator.
Sign out of your current Microsoft account and sign back in using your local account.
Delete your Microsoft account from Windows 11
After setting up a local account with administrator privileges, you can remove all connected Microsoft accounts from your Windows 11 PC. Here’s how.
Step 1: Launch the Windows 11 Settings menu by pressing Windows Key + I.
2nd step: Check your local account in the upper left corner.
Step 3: Go to Accounts and select Other users.
Step 4: Check your connected Microsoft account.
Step 5: Expand it and select Delete.
Deleting the account will remove all data from this PC, including desktop items, downloads, photos, music, and other files. Be sure to back up important files to OneDrive or Google Drive.
Step 6: Select “Delete account and data” to confirm your decision.
Your Microsoft account will no longer appear on the sign-in screen. You will only see your local account.
Delete your Microsoft account using Control Center
While Microsoft has done a decent job of importing Control Center options into Windows 11’s redesigned Settings menu, some still prefer the former for making changes to their PCs. If you’re one of them, read on to learn how to delete a Microsoft account using Control Center.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Control Center.
2nd step: Press Enter to open the application.
Step 3: Select “User Accounts”.
Step 4: Select “Delete user accounts”.
Step 5: Click on your Microsoft account.
Step 6: Select “Delete Account”.
Windows provides an option to keep your files local. The system can automatically save the contents of your desktop and Documents, Favorites, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders to a new folder on your desktop.
Stay local and private
Your local account on Windows 11 has several restrictions without any presence of your Microsoft account. Since you cannot download apps from the Microsoft Store, you must install apps from the web. You will also have to rely on web applications to upload files and create documents. Make sure you understand the limits of a local account before deleting your Microsoft account from Windows 11.