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How do I remove & replace the current acccount

  1. #1


    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    How do I remove & replace the current acccount


    I'm selling my Windows 8 laptop and need to find out how I remove the current account and replace it with the prospective buyer? The laptop came with Windows 8, there were no recovery disc with the purchase so I used Reflect to create an image after the laptop was setup.

    The laptop still has our account we used at set it up on the first boot up of the machine.

    I went through the Tutorials but I couldn't find my situation.

    I suspect it can be very easy to change so I'm looking to see if anyone here has gone through this before and can help me with my situation.

    Thanks,
    Greg

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Greg,

    One way would be to create a dummy administrator local account without a password for the buyer, sign in to it, then delete your account. This way the buyer can create their own account.

    Since you are selling the computer, I would recommend to reset Windows to start fresh, and just setup a local account without password during the reset. This way there will be no trace of your files left on the computer.

    Reset Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Greg,

    One way would be to create a dummy administrator local account without a password for the buyer, sign in to it, then delete your account. This way the buyer can create their own account.

    Since you are selling the computer, I would recommend to reset Windows to start fresh, and just setup a local account without password during the reset. This way there will be no trace of your files left on the computer.

    Reset Windows 8

    Thanks Shawn, that suggestion sounds very doable.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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