How to Close Microsoft Account

How to Close Microsoft Account in Windows 8.1/8

Apr. 15, 2014 12:31 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"How to remove Microsoft account in Windows 8.1 computer?"

Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail, Messenger / SkyDrive, Windows Phone, Xbox Live, Zune, Office Live, and Outlook.com. You can also use a Microsoft account to sign in to any PC running Windows 8.1 and 8, access files and photos anywhere, sync settings, and more in Windows 8.1 and 8.

However, due to the hiden danger of Microsoft account in Windows 8.1/8, you may need to close your Microsoft account in Windows 8.1/8 computers. Or if you no longer want or need your Microsoft account, read this tutorial to achieve your goal.

How to Close Microsoft Account in Windows 8.1/8?

Read the following part to learn how to close Microsoft account in Windows 8.1 and 8, deleting your account information, including your ID and password. Before deleting the account, make sure you have already prepared:

  • If you use this account as an ID with other websites or services, delete your personal info on this sites and services first.
  • If you use this Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8.1/8, then you need to switch to a local account or add a new user account to use instead.

Then start to delete Microsoft account in Windows 8.1/8:

  • 1. Sign in to the Microsoft account you want to close.
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  • 2. If this PC or device is not a trusted device, then you will be prompted to enter and submit a security code sent to your phone or alternate email address.
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  • 3. Click/tap on Close account.
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  • 4. Verify that this is the correct Microsoft account you want to close, enter your Microsoft account password, and click/tap on Next.
    Note: Forgot your Microsoft account password? Click here to learn how to get it back.
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  • 5. Choose from the two options depending on what email address you used with your Microsoft account.
    A. If you used Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, Live.com
    a. Click /tap on deactivate your Hotmail account.
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    b. Click/tap on Deactivate account.
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    c. Your email account has now been deactivated. Your Microsoft account will be closed automatically after a period of inactivity.
    B. If you used any other email address

Your Microsoft account has now been closed, but your email address is still good.

Other Tips on Microsoft Account in Windows 8.1/8

Tip 1: Add a Microsoft Account to Your Windows 8 PC:

You'll need to be an administrator. Go to the Charms Bar, Settings, Change PC Settings > Select Users > Add a user.

Now you need only enter the appropriate information and follow the on-screen directions.

Tip 2: Check Whether You're Signed in with a Microsoft Account:

Go to Settings Charm > tap Change PC Settings > Choose Accounts > click or tap Your account.

If you're already signed in with a Microsoft account, your name and email address appear above your account picture as in the hideous picture above.

Thus, you deleted your Microsoft account successfully. Remember that after you delete an account, you can't use that Microsoft account anymore to sign in to Windows 8.1/8 and Microsoft products and services.

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