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I upgraded a laptop to Windows 8.1 Pro. With Windows 8 I where I could finish the Windows setup process (at the very end) by choosing option "not to use Windows account". There was no such option with 8.1 setup (upgrade) so I used my Windows (MSN) account to finish setup. However now that I am signed in I cannot remove this account and this is not my laptop--was setting it up for a client. So how do I remove my name (msn account) from this laptop? I will be joining it to a domain but I still need to be able to remove this account used to complete the Windows setup with. Searched online and MS without any help--most refer to Windows 8 and not 8.1--thanks. Have already added 2 local accounts but see no option to delete the MS account.
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by:Jason Watkins
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From what I can see with Windows 8.1, the account isn't actually based on the computer. A profile which was used by that account is on the computer. Removing that profile should take any of your personal data off of the computer, but the ability to sign in with a Windows Live account will still remain for anyone who has one. $20.00 says there is a way to disable that form of login with a GPO setting, but I haven't found it yet.
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by:Lionel MM
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Yes the problem is that I can't see where to delete it. It is now comparable to the old Local Administrator user and other "local" users need to know it password to do anything password related. The fact is that this is my Microsoft account on a clients laptop and I need to find someway to remove it and/or replace it with theirs. I know that Microsoft is trying to use its Windows platform to force people into using it cloud based services but there must be someway to get around this, as you say.
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by:Jason Watkins
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To remove the profile, go to advanced system properties (by right-clicking the "This PC" icon and choosing properties). Click the "Settings..." button under the User Profiles section and look for a profile titled after COMPUTERNAME\User. For example, on my machine (WIN8PC), which signs in with a Windows Live account of "jonsmith@hotmail.com", the profile is called "WIN8PC\Jon". It is easy to distinquish as it is the largest profile on the machine and it is the only other profile aside from the default and "UpdatusUser" (don't delete that one). Make sure you are not logged in to Windows as this user account when you try the deletion. As with any profile deletion operation, make sure there is no data in that profile that you might need. Once the profile is deleted, the data that goes along with it is gone.
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Getting rid of the profile is not difficult of the problem I am facing here.
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That is where your data is located, removing that gets rid of anything personal that might have been there. If you were to go into the "Accounts" panel in the tiled "metro" UI's "PC Settings, you have the option to disconnect your live account from the computer. That should do it right there. Make sure another, local, account exists on the machine before you do this or you might lock yourself out of the computer.
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This did it--for some reason the delete option was not there at first. I rebooted several times and updated several times so maybe the delete option was not there until the upgrade process was truly done--don't know but now, " If you were to go into the "Accounts" panel in the tiled "metro" UI's "PC Settings" and make sure you have other admin accounts you can delete the account that uses a Microsoft account to logon with.
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Thanks.
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