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How to remove a Microsoft account from Windows 11

While many people love porting their Microsoft account to their new Windows 11 PC, just as many hate the experience. One of the nicest things about having a new computer is how little tabs it has over you, and letting Microsoft in from the beginning — especially in a way that feels required — is a bit letdown for privacy-minded people.

To make matters worse, getting rid of your account feels tricky. It not only feels like it, Microsoft is your direct antagonist in getting the privacy you want. Luckily, you can make a local account that is disconnected from the rest of your life to gain back the personal feel of your computer. Here’s how:

Removing a Microsoft account from Windows 11

Removing a Microsoft Account in Windows 11
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If you have Windows 11, you’ll need some sort of an account on the computer. But, that account doesn’t need to be cloud connected. You can use a local account, with no ties to your other doings, instead. With this method, you don’t lose any files or your personal information.

Step 1: Go to Windows 11 settings with Windows Key and I on the keyboard.

Step 2: Click the Accounts section in the sidebar.

Step 3: Click Your Info and choose Sign in with a local account instead.

Step 4: Click next and enter your password to confirm.

Step 5: Follow the steps on the screen and enter your information.

Removing a work or school account from Windows 11

Fortunately, your Windows 11 work or school account can be removed completely and it is quite easy:

Step 1: Go to Windows 11 settings with Windows Key and I on the keyboard.

Step 2: Click the Accounts section in the sidebar.

Step 3: Click Access work or school and click the Disconnect button.

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