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Microsoft account has played an important role in Microsoft service since 2012. However, it is not so necessary for parts of users to use Microsoft account. And the verify process sometimes annoys users. How to remove Microsoft account from Windows 10? Methods here can help you and switch to local account in with all data reserved.

Differences Between Microsoft Account and Local Account

What is Local Account?

If you used computer with Windows XP or Windows 7 system, you have tried the local account. Actually, local account can access to one single, physical computer. Your local account credentials are stored locally on the computer’s hard drive.

What is Microsoft Account

Microsoft account is a single sign-on Microsoft user account for Microsoft customers to log into Microsoft websites and services like Xbox, Live, Hotmail, Messenger, Onedrive. You can access to all services provided by Microsoft with one email address and password.

Microsoft account

Which Account Type are Suitable for You?

It is obvious that Microsoft account bring more convenience than traditional local account. However, it is not suitable for every computer users. If you do not need any extra service provided by Microsoft and you just have one comptuer with data you do not need to get access when outside, local account is enough in Windows 10. However, for Windows 10 users, using Microsoft account can help you get a better experience to services that Windows 10 brings.

How To Determine the Type of the Account You are Using?

For some newbie, it will be a little difficult to determin the type of the account in the computer. Here, we can find the type of the account that we are using with method below.

Required to Enter the Password of the Microsoft Account?

Once we enable Microsoft account in Windows 10, we will be required to enter the password of the email every time we try to get access to Windows 10. However, if you do not set the password for the local account, you will get into the desktop of Windows 10 directly.

Actually, we can make use of the built-in PIN instead of the Microsoft account password, which will be more convenience for users to login with Microsoft account. We can set the PIN code with steps here:
1. Press “Win” + “I”.
2. Go to “Account”, “Sign-in options” and then “PIN”. Then you can add the PIN to your Microsoft account.
add pin code

Determine the Account Type in Account Settings

If you have enabled the Microsoft account, you will see the differences in account settings.
1. Press “Win” + “I” and select “Account” in the pop-up Settings window.
2. Please go to “Your info” to find the detailed information. If you login with Microsoft account, you will find the emial address, your image and other information. Also, selection of “Sign in with a local account instead” will be provided in the page. You can determin whether you are using the Microsoft account with these information.

accounts settings your info

How to Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account in Windows 10

If do not want to login Windows 10 with Microsoft account anymore, we can remove the Microsoft account from Windows 10 and switch to a local acount. Please follow steps below to make it.

Step 1: Press “Win” + “I” button and select “Accounts” in the pop up window.
task manager not open Windows settings
Step 2: Select “Your info” and then click “Sign with a local account instead”.
switch to local account
Step 3: Enter the password of your Microsoft account and click “Next”.
enter the password of the Microsoft account
Step 4: Set the account name and the password for the new local account.
set the account name and password for the local account
Step 5: Click “Next” and you will remove the Microsoft account from Windows 10 and get a local account. 
succeed to switch to local account

What if We Forget the Password and Can not Make the Switch?

No matter which type of account you are using, it will be difficult to regain access to Windows 10 without the correct password. If you are stuck at the forgotten Windows 10 login password, please try professional Windows password remove software – Renee PassNow.

More about Renee Passnow

Whole password reset process takes only 4 simple steps without damaging data inside! Do not require any professional knowledge or possible password combinations.

For local account and administrator, Renee Passsnow will remove the password directly.

For Microsoft account, Renee Passnow will turn the Microsoft account into local one and reserve all data inside the account.

Renee Passnow can help to recover data or transfer data inside the disk without running Windows.

Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

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people has downloaded and reset the password successfully!

Here are detailed steps on how to reset login password with Renee PassNow.

Step 1: Download and install Renee PassNow in any workable Windows computer. 

press to the download button

Step 2: Choose creation method, USB or CD/DVD.

Select one option from [Crate a Live USB] and [Create a Live CD]. Then, select [x64] or [x86] according to your computer. Next, click on [Download Now] to download the licensed ISO. Remember to activate the software beforehand. After that, click on [Create USB] to create the boot media.
use renee passnow to create usb to reset passnword

Step 3: Boot the target PC from the created password reset USB/CD/DVD.

You will boot the target computer via a new created reset disk. Firstly, please hold a hot key to enter the BIOS menu and put CD-ROM or Removable Devices as the first choice. Please click here to know about how to change the boot order of your computer. After changing it successfully, please remember to save your setting and then restart your PC.

steps to change the boot order in BIOS

Step 4: Select “PassNow!”.

Reset password

Step 5: Choose target account and then click “Clear Password”.

You can also recover Microsoft account in Windows 10/8.1/8. That is, Renee PassNow will convert the Microsoft account to a local account and the data or files inside it will still exist. After the software says that password is reset successfully, you can directly press “Enter” key to access Windows.

Clear password

Besides, you can also create a new administrator to quickly access your PC. Please click “Create new account”.

The created administrator account named “Reneelab” with administrator rights, and its default password is “123456789”. You are able to change the password of target account with this new created administrator.

Create new account
When we remove the password for the selected account, the password of the local account will be removed directly without damaged data inside. And Microsoft account will be turn to local account which will not make any difference when using.