?
Solved

Windows 8.1 Pro sign in with Windows Account

Posted on 2013-11-05
7
Medium Priority
?
953 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
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.
0
Comment
Question by:Lionel MM
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
7 Comments
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:Jason Watkins
ID: 39624235
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.
0
 
LVL 25

Author Comment

by:Lionel MM
ID: 39624555
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.
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:Jason Watkins
ID: 39624619
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.
0
Manage your data center from practically anywhere

The KN8164V features HD resolution of 1920 x 1200, FIPS 140-2 with level 1 security standards and virtual media transmissions at twice the speed. Built for reliability, the KN series provides local console and remote over IP access, ensuring 24/7 availability to all servers.

 
LVL 25

Author Comment

by:Lionel MM
ID: 39625226
Getting rid of the profile is not difficult of the problem I am facing here.
0
 
LVL 27

Assisted Solution

by:Jason Watkins
Jason Watkins earned 1500 total points
ID: 39625400
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.
0
 
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

by:
Lionel MM earned 0 total points
ID: 39627110
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.
0
 
LVL 25

Author Closing Comment

by:Lionel MM
ID: 39638261
Thanks.
0

Featured Post

Connect further...control easier

With the ATEN CE624, you can now enjoy a high-quality visual experience powered by HDBaseT technology and the convenience of a single Cat6 cable to transmit uncompressed video with zero latency and multi-streaming for dual-view applications where remote access is required.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A small collection of useful tips and tricks for Windows 10 users that I decided to write as a result of recent questions that were asked and answered at Experts Exchange. Two short video tutorials included. Enjoy..
Windows 10 Creator Update has just been released and I have it working very well on my laptop. Read below for issues, fixes and ideas.
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
Suggested Courses

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question