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    Remove Your Microsoft Account After Installing Windows 10

    Loungers installing the Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (build 9926) will discover that when setting up Windows, Microsoft requires that you sign in with a Microsoft account. There is no option to sign in with a local account. Once you've signed in with a Microsoft account you can immediately switch to a local account.

    Maybe you're like me and you don't want to have a Microsoft account on your computer at all. It's easy to get rid of it and here's how:

    1- Sign in with your Microsoft account and go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage another account.

    By default, new user accounts in Windows 10 do not have Administrator permissions so neither will your local account. You can elevate your local account here.

    2- Sign out of your Microsoft account and sign in with your local account.

    Now that your local account has Administrator permissions you can use it to remove your Microsoft account. After you've done this, make sure to create a new local user account (without Administrator permissions) for your day-to-day computing.

    3- To be extremely thorough, go to File Explorer > Local Disk (C:\) > Users and you'll see the leftover folder from your Microsoft account. You can delete this folder if you wish but you'll probably need to change permissions on the folder so that you can delete it. Now your Microsoft account is really gone.

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    Sorry but... I installed both build 9926 and its predecessor using a local account by scrolling down to the bottom of the setup pages. Admittedly the option is quite well hidden but it is there. I'm about to re-install build 9926 from scratch on a different laptop so I'll see if I can screenshot/document it.

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    More info... after installing Build 9926 (and the laptop re-booting twice after the 'Getting devices ready...' and 'Getting ready' messages), when the display eventually shows a Sign in to your Microsoft account screen, do the following:

    1. Under the Don't have an account? text, choose the Create a new account option.
    2. On the next Create a Microsoft account screen, scroll to the bottom. (The screen hides the scroll bar so you'll need to move the mouse or the down arrow key to see it.)
    3. Select the Sign in without a Microsoft account option. A local account will be created.
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    4. After a few seconds a Your account screen appears allowing you to input a username and password.
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    Apologies for poor quality of photos. I didn't have time to do it in a VM.

    Hope this helps...

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