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Unregister a PC from Microsoft

LeTay asked
A friend who received a new computer registered at first startup the machine, via Microsoft.
So now, his account is binded to Microsoft etc...
How can we unregister it so that he can manage his computer (and account, password, etc...) without Microsoft ...
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To create a local account on your Windows 10 PC:

    Press the Windows key + R.
    Type netplwiz, and then click OK.
    Click Add.
    Click Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).
    Click Local account, type a username, and a password (if you'd like one).
    Click Next, and then click Finish.
    Sign out of the Microsoft account you want to delete, sign in using the local account you created, and then remove the account you want to delete.

    To remove a Microsoft account from your Windows 10 PC:

    Click the Start button, and then click Settings.
    Click Accounts, scroll down, and then click the Microsoft account you would like to delete.
    Click Remove, and then click Yes.

Just a tip when installing new PC's (from Dell/HP etc). Install while NOT connected to the internet. Only then will you get the "create local account" option. If you ARE connected, in previous Win10 installations, you could force a local account by choosing the correct options, but with the newest Win10 installation, it is NOT possible.
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Whether it is or is not connected to the net, creating a local account us three steps in.
Open cmd.exe run as administrator
net use new_local_user * /add
Provide password when prompted
net localgroup administrators new_local_user /add (if you want this user to gave administrative rights)

Once you have added, logged in with the new_locall_user account, confirm you have admin rights
Then you can unlink/delete the misrosoft login......

Under settings, manage accounts etc.
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Hi Letay,

How can we unregister it so that he can manage his computer (and account, password, etc...) without Microsoft ...

In a nutshell, as already indicated by other experts here, the answer is to use a local account when logging into Windows 10. This can be a restricted or administrator enabled account.

I've written an article that is hosted on Experts Exchange that deals specifically with how to do that. Please see the following;

The above article shows specifically how to create an Administrator enabled account, however, if that's not desired and you prefer a Standard User Account, simply skip Steps 8, 9, and 10 in the article.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew


I do not get that settings screen following your instructions
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I do not have a system that is tied to the domain or to MS. When you go to users and accounts
Go through the sign-in option access work or school one of them deals with unlinking.

First make sure to add local account.  When adding a user, skip the invite route, skip the microsoft option and the third one is the local account.
Make sure to create at least one local administrative account.
login under that account while all other accounts are logged off.
The microsoft account works by a tie-into a local place holder account.

Then go through these options and you will see a way to decouple/unlink. look on the right side options in access work or school..