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Change another users login type? (Change to local account)

Posted on 2016-08-19
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I have a customer who recently fired one of their employees. The employee had changed their login to a microsoft account (on Windows 10) without their knowledge and left them without access to the PC.

Because it's not a local account, I can't blank the password with my ntpasswd boot disk, so I enabled the default administrator account so they could at least login and access the users files. They'd also like to have full access to the account to check on any of his activities on the computer, access sites he's saved passwords for etc...  I thought I'd be able to go in and change the user back to a local account using the default administrator account, but the only option there is in users management is to change the account type (standard/admin).
I tried using netplwiz to allow login without a password on another win 10 computer I have access to, after setting up a separate user with my microsoft account, but that didn't work. I just got a wrong password error after reboot.

Is there any way to restore access to this user account without assistance from the ex-employee?
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by:William Fulks
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The employee associated it with their private Microsoft account, which could very well be the same as what they have on their home PC. The employer has no right to access this info. That's like demanding someone's online banking password to see what they've been buying.

Sounds like you already know how to clean up the machine by creating a local account and then adding a new account for the next user. As far as getting into the previous user's account, you can get on as Admin and look at their files and such but if you want full access you'll have to get that person's password, which they probably won't give up being that they were fired.
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by:Chad B
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I'm not talking about accessing the employees Microsoft account. I'm trying to find a way to switch the user to a local account, so the employer can access any business related websites the employee may have saved logins for.

I was hoping there might some registry setting that could be changed or something along those lines since the option is not available in user management.
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William Fulks earned 500 total points
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It can be done but you first have to sign in as the Microsoft account to change it back. So without access to the Microsoft account password, you're stuck.
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