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How to get away from Microsoft Account entirely

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    How to get away from Microsoft Account entirely


    Actually, I'm not confused about them -- I understand the difference. However, when I first set up this machine, I did the Microsoft account thing and got a local account name of XYZ. There's a folder there C:\Users\XYZ\

    Then I decided -- no, I really don't want that at all -- so I switched to a local account, ABC. There's now a folder C:\Users\ABC

    I do see there's some things showing modifications to files in C:\Users\XYZ though since I switched. And I see no way of ridding myself of user XYZ from the control panel. I wouldn't expect to see any modification there though, that's confusing me.

    Once I get files moved over properly from the old system (do NOT start me on that one), I'm planning on deleting all user files out of C:\Users\XYZ.

    Would I be safe deleting that entire folder?

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Yes but you also need:
    Code:
    net user XYZ /delete
    to run it in an elevated command prompt.

    How to Use the Net User Command

    OR

    (Option Three)
    User Account - Delete - Windows 7 Support Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Feb 2013 at 14:03. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Ah, good point -- trouble is it comes back with "The user name is not found". Maybe switching to local took care of that, and changing the name took care of the folder contents but left the original behind.
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by dwdyer View Post
    Ah, good point -- trouble is it comes back with "The user name is not found". Maybe switching to local took care of that, and changing the name took care of the folder contents but left the original behind.
    That's right. If the command is right and the username too, you're good to go and delete the folder manually.
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