Monday, June 27

How to delete a Microsoft account

If you’re not a fan of Microsoft or serious privacy violations, closing your Microsoft account could be a good start. Sure, it might not be a great idea if your life depends on your Outlook account. But in the grand scheme of things, having and using a Microsoft account is more of a hassle.

In this article, you will learn how to delete your account and all others from Windows, as well as how to make it disappear forever.

Delete your Microsoft account from Windows

You can delete an account from Windows settings. This will remove the account from your device, but not from Microsoft’s servers. There are additional steps you need to take to make that happen.

Delete your account locally:

  1. Click on the Windows button.
  2. Click on the Settings icon.
  3. Go to the Accounts section.
  4. Access the Your account tab.
  5. Look for the Delete account option at the bottom.

Note that you cannot actually delete an account if you are signed in with it. So before doing that, log into another account, or just create a local account and then follow the steps mentioned above.

Looking for a local move only?

Another way to remove one or all Microsoft accounts from your local machine is to reinstall your Windows. Every now and then this is a good idea anyway. It will clean your entire system, give you a fresh start, and increase performance.

It will also make sure that your machine is free from viruses, malware, spyware, and corrupted files. Not to mention the increase in boot speed during the first few weeks. Also, by doing this, you can choose only the Microsoft account that you are sure you want to use.

Remove your account from Microsoft servers

This is where things get real. By the time you get to this point, you should be firmly convinced that it is an action you want to take.

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft account at Microsoft website.
  2. Enter your credentials and click Next.
  3. Click on ‘Login’ in the lower left corner
  4. Verify your identity with your email address or phone number.
  5. Enter the verification code.
  6. Start checking all the boxes for the reminders that appear.
  7. Finally, select a reason to leave.
  8. Click on the ‘Mark account for closure’ option.
  9. Click the Done button.

Note that Microsoft gives you the option to backtrack on its decision as long as you prove your identity and log in within a two-month period.

Alternatively you can follow is direct link to the cancellation form. Login with your credentials and then follow the steps mentioned above.

Do you need a Microsoft account to use Windows?

Here’s an interesting thought. What benefits do you really get from using a Microsoft account? Not much if all you really need is to use Windows 10.

You can use Windows 10 legally without even activating it. You can activate a Windows 10 license and you don’t have to sign into your Microsoft account to use Windows yet.

So why are more and more users creating local accounts and not using their real accounts? Well, if you can provide your own technical support on certain matters, using a local account can save you from dealing with a lot of privacy concerns.

Microsoft doesn’t do the same amount of tracking and monitoring for licenses that use local accounts. There are also many services that are disabled unless you are using an active Microsoft account when you log into your Windows account.

On top of that, you can still benefit from the same updates and optimizations Microsoft can do, whether you have an account or not, and whether or not you pay for your Windows 10.

Other things to consider when closing a Microsoft account

When you delete your account, a lot of things go with it. If you take the time to read the reminders, you will notice that your Xbox and OneDrive subscriptions disappear. You may even lose access to your email, stored photos, and even access to money in your Windows Store wallet.

Therefore, it is important that you go to your account summary page and take a look at all the subscriptions you have and the funds you have left. Withdraw your money, cancel the subscriptions linked to your Microsoft account, before deleting it.

If you use an Xbox to play games, you will lose your Gamertag and all your games and progress after elimination. Completely deleting your account could have serious consequences if this is the case. Deleting your Microsoft account will also affect your Skype messaging history and your account.

It can be very unfortunate to have to unsubscribe from an account if you can no longer access the account or email associated with the account. Of course, you may also want to save any personal data.

That is if you still want to access it after closing your account and after the 60 day payback period.

Cancellation of subscriptions

If you want to keep your Microsoft account active, but are tired of paying for subscriptions (such as Microsoft Office or game services), you can cancel the services. To cancel subscription services using your Microsoft account, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Microsoft account page
  2. Find the subscriptions you want to cancel and click ‘Manage’ on the right
  3. Click on ‘Unsubscribe’ on the right
  4. Confirm that you want to remove the service.

You can check the next payment date on this screen by scrolling down to your previous payments. Your subscription may not be canceled until this date, so you can still enjoy the benefits for a while. Please check an email confirmation to make sure you successfully canceled the service.

Try to keep your Microsoft account and your Windows account as separate entities

If losing your Microsoft account just isn’t an option for you, there are ways to improve your Windows 10 experience. Just make sure that when you install your new copy of Windows, you don’t sign in with your Microsoft account, but instead create an account. local.

This will disable many of the tracking features and you will still be able to use Outlook, post to the Microsoft forum for help with your operating system issues, etc.

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