1.    07 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 48
    Windows 10

    Can I remove but not delete MS email account from user account?


    Hello.

    I've been using Windows 10 for weeks. Until today, it started up just fine by displaying my name and no email address. This is exactly how I want it to be.

    Today when Win 10 would not recognize a printer, in order to download an "app" to help with this, I was required to provide a Microsoft email account, which I did (an old Hotmail account I rarely use). Now when I restart or wake up the computer, that old Hotmail account appears as "Administrator". However, I do NOT want that old Hotmail email address associated with this computer.

    How can I remove it and get back to logging in with NO associated email address?

    NOTE: I do not want to delete the old Hotmail account; just want to remove it from my Windows 10 "Account" menu (My name + Hotmail address + "Administrator").

    In case it's required to associate Win 10 with an email address, I use Windows Live Essentials with a company email address. I tried adding it via the "Other Account" option, but Win 10 said it did not recognize the email address I entered, sigh.

    I saw threads with a similar question but not quite the same.

    Thanks for any help!
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  2.    07 Mar 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 13,087
    Windows 10 Pro

    You have converted your local user account to a Microsoft account. It's easy to switch back to a local account, just follow the instructions in this tutorial: Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    When you have switched back to a local account and you want to download another app from the Windows Store, follow the instructions in this tutorial (Method Two, Step 5) to keep using your local account to sign in to Windows and only use a Microsoft account to sign in to Store: Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    A useful tutorial to learn the difference between a local account and a Microsoft account: Local Account or Microsoft Account - How to Tell in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Kari
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  3.    07 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 48
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    You have converted your local user account to a Microsoft account. It's easy to switch back to a local account, just follow the instructions in this tutorial: Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    When you have switched back to a local account and you want to download another app from the Windows Store, follow the instructions in this tutorial (Method Two, Step 5) to keep using your local account to sign in to Windows and only use a Microsoft account to sign in to Store: Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    A useful tutorial to learn the difference between a local account and a Microsoft account: Local Account or Microsoft Account - How to Tell in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Kari
    Thanks. I had tried that before but my mistake was that I tried to use my name which was associated with or linked to the Hotmail account when we entered it to download the app. This note was helpful: "You will not be able to use a user name that has already been used for existing user profiles, and will have to type a different name instead."

    Question: Can I now delete the Hotmail account from Windows 10? If I can do that, then afterwards, I'd like to try to add another account and use my name again.

    Appreciate your help :-)
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