A Microsoft account is a central access point to Microsoft services and applications. It allows access to a variety of services such as Outlook, OneDrive, Office and more. In addition, it is also used to log in to Windows 10.
However, there are situations when you want to delete your Microsoft account. Perhaps you no longer use the services or you want to remove an account for privacy reasons.
It is important to note that deleting a Microsoft account means that you lose access to all associated data and services.
Below we provide a brief overview of the process of deleting a Microsoft account. This process essentially involves logging into your account, navigating to the account security page, selecting the option to close the account and going through the process to confirm account closure.
It is important to prepare for this process by backing up important data and logging out of all devices and services connected to your Microsoft account.
Preparing to delete the Microsoft account
Before you delete your Microsoft account, there are some important steps you should follow.
Backup important data
First of all, it is important that you back up all important data that you have stored in Microsoft services. This includes emails in Outlook, files in OneDrive and data in other Microsoft services.
Remember that once you delete your account, you will no longer have access to this data. Therefore, it is essential that you back up all important information before proceeding.
Logging out of all devices and services
The next step is to log out of all devices and services connected to your Microsoft account.
This includes computers, smartphones and tablets, and any Microsoft services you are signed into. This step is important to ensure that once you delete the account, no services will try to access your account again, which could cause problems.
These preparations are necessary to ensure that the process of deleting your Microsoft account goes smoothly and that you do not lose any important data.
Steps to delete a Microsoft account under Windows 10
After you have prepared to delete your account, you can start the actual process. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Logging in to the Microsoft account
The first step is to log in to your Microsoft account. You can do this by visiting the Microsoft website and entering your login details.
Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to the account security page. Here you will find various options for managing your account, including the option to delete your account.
Selecting the option to close the account
On the account security page, you must select the option to close the account. This will initiate the process of deleting your account.
Go through the account closure confirmation process
Once you have selected the option to close the account, you will need to go through the account closure confirmation process.
This may include entering your password, answering security questions or confirming your identity by other means.
Please note that deleting your Microsoft account is permanent and cannot be undone.
Therefore, make sure that you have backed up all important data and that you are prepared to lose access to all services associated with the account before going through this process.
Deleting a user account under Windows 10
It is important to understand that a Microsoft account and a user account in Windows 10 are not the same thing, although they can be linked.
Difference between Microsoft account and user account
A Microsoft account is an account you use to access many different Microsoft services, such as Outlook.com, OneDrive and Xbox Live.
A user account in Windows 10, on the other hand, is an account you use on your local computer to log in to Windows.
A user account can either be linked to a Microsoft account or it can be a local account that exists independently of a Microsoft account.
Instructions for deleting a user account
Deleting a user account in Windows 10 is a relatively simple process. You must first open the Settings app and then navigate to "Accounts".
From there, you can click on "Family & other users" and select the user account you want to delete.
Click on "Remove" and confirm that you want to delete the account and all associated data.
Please note that you can only delete user accounts that are not currently in use. So if you want to delete the account you are currently logged in with, you must first log in with another account.
What happens after deleting the account?
After deleting your Microsoft account or your user account on Windows 10, there are a few things you should be aware of.
What happens to the data and services that were associated with the account?
If you delete your Microsoft account, you lose access to all data and services that were associated with that account.
This includes emails in Outlook, files in OneDrive and other data you have stored in Microsoft services. In addition, you can no longer use services that require you to log in with your Microsoft account.
If you delete a user account under Windows 10, all data stored under this account will be deleted.
This includes files on the desktop, in documents and other locations specifically for that account.
How to create a new account if needed
If you find that you need a new account after deleting your account, you can always create a new Microsoft account or a new user account on Windows 10.
For a Microsoft account, you can visit the Microsoft website and follow the instructions to create a new account.
For a user account on Windows 10, you can open the Settings app, navigate to "Accounts" and then select "Family & Other Users" to add a new account.
Frequently asked questions
In connection with deleting a Microsoft account or a user account under Windows 10, there are some frequently asked questions that we would like to answer here.
Can I restore my account after I have deleted it?
As a rule, it is not possible to restore a deleted account. Once you delete your account, all associated data and services are permanently removed.
It is therefore important that you are sure you want to delete your account before you take this step.
What happens to my emails and files in OneDrive?
If you delete your Microsoft account, you lose access to all emails in Outlook and files in OneDrive associated with that account.
This data will be deleted and cannot be restored. It is therefore important that you back up all important data before deleting your account.
Can I use my Windows 10 without a Microsoft account?
Yes, it is possible to use Windows 10 without a Microsoft account. You can create a local user account that is independent of a Microsoft account.
Please note, however, that without a Microsoft account you will not have access to certain Microsoft services, such as Outlook and OneDrive.
Deleting a Microsoft account or a user account on Windows 10 is a process that should be done carefully to avoid data loss and to ensure that you do not lose access to any services you need.
Summary of the most important points
In this article, we have explained the differences between a Microsoft account and a user account in Windows 10 and provided detailed instructions on how to delete both types of accounts.
We also emphasised the importance of backing up important data before deleting your account and explained what happens to your data and services after you delete your account.
Concluding thoughts and recommendations
It is important to note that deleting your account has permanent effects and cannot be undone.
Therefore, you should only consider this step if you are sure that you no longer need your account. If you are unsure, it may be helpful to consult a technology advisor or Microsoft support before proceeding.
Ultimately, it is your decision if and when you delete your account. Make sure you understand all the consequences and are ready to take the necessary steps to secure your data and make the process go smoothly.