Windows 10: Unable to remove microsoft account in windows 10

  1.    09 Feb 2016 #1

    Unable to remove microsoft account in windows 10

    I signed in with a microsoft account in windows 10 because I wanted to try minecraft windows 10 edition. Now I want to remove it but I am unable to. To remove the account I go click the start menu, click my name, click change account settings, scroll down to accounts used by other apps, click my email, click remove, but nothing happens. I did switch to a local account. When I click remove, the settings window just disappears without anything happening. I also ran the SFC Command but it found nothing.
    Edit: I upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10
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  2. Posts : 2,727
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       09 Feb 2016 #2

    The usual procedure is to do what you did but do not scroll down to accounts used by other apps, instead just click on Sign in with a local account instead. Rather than removing the Microsoft account you are changing it to a local account.

    See the tutorial ->
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  3.    09 Feb 2016 #3

    I am using a Local Account. I want to get rid of my account under "Accounts used by other apps" too but when I click the "Remove" button, the window just closes without doing anything. I also tried doing it in safemode but it didn't work there either.
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  4. Posts : 2,727
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       09 Feb 2016 #4

    It's possible that some of the apps you have on your local account are still associated with your Microsoft account. That may be why the account appears there and is refusing to go. Was it a completely new local account or did you convert it from a MS account to a local one?

    In my experience once you have used a MS account on your PC, traces of it remain in all sorts of places. It can sometimes be best to make a clean start with a clean install of W10 and only use a local account. You will need to back up all your personal files and make a note of all the programs you use before doing this so that you can add them back and reinstall the programs you want.

    Finally there is a Microsoft page that tells you how you can close a Microsoft account here.
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  5.    09 Feb 2016 #5

    Is it possible for me to create a new user and copy over the old user's files without copying windows' settings but keeping application settings?
    Edit: Sorry, I had a Microsoft account linked before I switched it to a local account.
    Edit: Found a post talking about copying data from one user to another. I'll try that and see what happens. Thank you for the help.
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