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Removing user/admin from computer without loosing files

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    Removing user/admin from computer without loosing files


    Hi, I have a dell laptop that I want to gift to a family member. When I set it up new I linked it to my hotmail account so when it boots up it shows my email address and I login. I want to keep the laptop just the way it is but remove my login and email and assign a new administrator. Once with windows 7 I messed with the admin account and messed up everything so wanted to seek help here first. What is the proper way to remove me as a user and replace the login and administrator without loosing or changing any of the files or settings on the computer? Thank you.

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    Hello Matt, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could switch your current Microsoft account on the PC to be a local account with a name of your choice instead without losing anything.
    Your family member could then just continue using that local account or switch it to be a Microsoft account using their own email address.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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