How to Remove Windows 10 Devices from your Store Account
The Windows Store offers various apps that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install to their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.
To be able to install apps from the Store, you must be signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account. When signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account, you will be able to install any apps already owned by that Microsoft.
You can remove a device if you're trying to install an app or a game from the Store on a Windows 10 device and you've reached your device limit. You can install apps or games on up to 10 devices.
This tutorial will show you how to remove Windows 10 devices from being associated with your Store account for getting apps and games.
If you have the Windows 10 Pro
, or Education edition
installed, you will no longer need to be signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account to install an app from the Store.
There are some restrictions though:
- The Windows 10 Home edition still requires signing in to the Store with a Microsoft account before any apps or games can be downloaded.
- Only free apps or games can be installed without a Microsoft account. This is likely done to avoid situations where pay for apps or games would not be available to reinstall (if needed) without having to pay for them again.
- You will need to download all apps again whenever you reinstall Windows 10.
- Some applications may still require a Microsoft account or another account to work properly or at all.
Once you remove a device, apps you've installed from the Windows Store won't work on the device.
1. Go to the Apps and games devices page online for your Microsoft account, and sign in if you are not already.
2. Click/tap on the Remove link for the device you want to remove from your Store account. (see screenshot below)
3. Check the I'm ready to remove this device box, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)
4. Click/tap on Okay. The device isn't linked to your store account anymore. (see screenshot below)