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    Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10

    Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10

    How to Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10
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    08 Nov 2017
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    How to Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Have you ever used Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox, or Windows? The email address and password you use for any of those services is your Microsoft account.

    Your Microsoft account gives you access to apps and games from Microsoft Store, and lets you see your settings and other stuff across multiple Windows 10 devices.

    You can add a local account or Microsoft account in Windows 10, and sign in to Windows 10 with a local account or Microsoft account.

    If wanted, you are able to block Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 PC with either of the following security policy settings:
    • Users can't add Microsoft accounts - Users will not be able to create new Microsoft accounts on this PC, switch a local account to a Microsoft account, or connect a domain account to a Microsoft account. Users will still be able to sign in to any currently existing Microsoft accounts on the PC.
    • Users can't add or log on (sign in) with Microsoft accounts - In addition to the above, users will not be able to sign in to Windows 10 with existing Microsoft accounts. Users will only be able to sign in to Windows 10 with a local account.

    This tutorial will show you how to allow or block Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to allow or block Microsoft accounts on the PC.

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Local Security Policy
    • Option Two: Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Microsoft account (video from Microsoft)







    Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10
    Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Local Security Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Security Policy is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type secpol.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Local Security Policy.

    2. Navigate to Local Policies and Security Options in the left pane of Local Security Policy. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on the Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Select the setting below you want to apply for this security policy, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    • This policy is disabled (default)
    • Users can't add Microsoft accounts
    • Users can't add or log on with Microsoft accounts
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    5. When finished, you can close the Local Security Policy window if you like.






    Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10
    Allow or Block Microsoft Accounts using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    NoConnectedUser string value

    (delete) = Allow Microsoft accounts (default)
    1 = Users can't add Microsoft accounts
    3 = Users can't add or log on with Microsoft accounts

    1. Do step 2 (allow), step 3 (block - can't add), step 4 (block - can't add or sign-in) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Allow Microsoft Accounts

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Allow_Microsoft_accounts.reg

    download


     3. To Block Microsoft Accounts so "Users can't add Microsoft accounts"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Cant_add_Microsoft_accounts.reg

    download


     4. To Block Microsoft Accounts so "Users can't add or log on with Microsoft accounts"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Cant_add_or_sign-in_with_Microsoft_accounts.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. When prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. omidsolo's Avatar
    Posts : 170
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 1709
       10 Nov 2017 #1

    According to Microsoft Block Microsoft Accounts must add one more registry change:
    Code:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
    "NoConnectedUser"=dword:00000003
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wlidsvc]
    "Start"=dword:00000004
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,225
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
    Thread Starter
       10 Nov 2017 #2

    Thank you omidsolo. :)

    Process Monitor only showed the value in the tutorial getting changed by the group policy.

    The other is just for the "Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant" service. It was not needed for me to be able to allow or block Microsoft accounts.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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