Guide to Remove Microsoft Account from Windows 11

Want to remove Microsoft account from your Windows 11 PC to use local account instead? It is fairly easy to do so!

Using Microsoft account on Windows offers many features such as OneDrive, Microsoft Store and sync service. These features may be useful for some users but not others, especially those who want to keep their personal stuff on their computer and not upload them online.

Microsoft Account

It is also recommended to remove Microsoft accounts that have been idle for a long time for security purposes. However, before removing your current Microsoft account, you have to create a local account and grant it administrator privileges.

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Windows 11

Creating a Local Account

  1. Press the Windows Key + I keys to open Settings. Or open Settings from Start.
  2. Select Accounts in the left panel and then select Family & other users in right panel.
  3. Under the Other users heading, click Add account next to Add other user. A new Microsoft account window will open to create a new account. In this window click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
  4. On the next screen, click Add a user without a Microsoft account to go to the next step.
  5. Enter the account name and password here. If you don’t want to password protect the account, leave the password sections blank. Then, click Next.

Your local account has been created. The next step is to grant it administrator privileges.

  • Go to Family & other users settings, click on the local account you just created and then select Change account type next to Account options.
  • In this window, select Administrator from the drop-down menu under Account type. Then click OK.

Now your local account has administrator privileges and you can now remove the Microsoft account.

There are multiple ways to remove Microsoft account from Windows. You can follow any one of these steps to remove the Microsoft account from your computer.

Also Read: Change Administrator in Windows 11

Please note that all the data stored on the account will be removed if you delete the account, so it is recommended to backup any important files you have.

Method # 1: Method Remove Microsoft Account from Settings

  1. Go to Settings > Accounts, select Family & other users in the right panel.
  2. Now, click on the account you want to remove under Other users and then click the Remove button next to Account and data.
  3. Click Delete account and data in the confirmation box to finish removing your Microsoft account from your computer.

Method # 2: Remove Microsoft Account from Control Panel

  1. Open Start and search for Control Panel, then press Enter.
  2. Look for User Accounts in Control Panel and click on it. In the User Accounts settings, you will find a Remove user accounts button located under User Accounts.
  3. Once you click the Remove user accounts button, all the user accounts on your computer will be listed on the screen. Select the account you want to delete and then click Delete the account.

You will be given two choices, either delete the files along with the user account or only delete the user account and keep the files.

Select your desired option to delete the user account. You can always delete the user files manually after choosing the option to keep user files.

Method # 3: Remove Microsoft Account from User Accounts Panel

  1. Press the Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialog box. Type in netplwiz and press Enter to open the User accounts panel.
  2. In this window, select the user account you want to remove and then click Remove.
  3. Click Yes when prompted to finish removing the account.


These are some of the ways to remove Microsoft account from your computer. You can use whichever method you want but keep in mind that first you have to create a local account and grant it administrator privileges.

Hopefully our guide helped you in removing Microsoft account from your computer.