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How do I delete my Microsoft account from my Windows Phone?

Answer

  1. Scroll down to and Tap Settings.
  2. Tap email+accounts.
  3. Touch and hold on the email account you want to delete.
  4. Tap delete.
  5. Tap delete to confirm.


You can’t. You can only disable it, at which point your Windows 8 and 10 PCs will keep using your old account. To delete the account, you have to use a computer.

How do I prevent myself from being logged in?

On all the devices you own, sign out of each one individually, or reset the password on your Microsoft account itself. Those are two different things. If you sign out of a device and then try to sign back in with the same password, you’ll be prompted that it’s already taken; if you reset the password for your Microsoft Account (the one used to log into Hotmail/Outlook.com and other properties), then you’ll need to verify that it’s really you.

How do I delete my profile from a device or service?

You can’t, if you’re using an account that’s tied to your Microsoft Account. You can ask for a new one (see above under “prevent myself from being logged in”) or buy something else with the old account (see below). But if you switch back to your own Microsoft Account, it’ll just be there again.

How do I log out of devices associated with my Microsoft account?

You have to use the same computer on which you created your profiles and linked them to that Microsoft account; make sure you’re signed in, run a command prompt as Administrator, and enter net user username /delete . Replace username with your full Windows account name, without any dots or dashes.

How do I completely delete my Microsoft account?

If you used it on a PC that accepts text input, open a command prompt and enter ren c:\users\username *.* /s/q . Replace username with your own name. (This is assuming C:\Users is the location of your Windows profile.) If you’re using a device that doesn’t support text input, reset your password for the Microsoft Account and then remove it from each of your devices individually.

How do I recover or re-create my Microsoft account?

You can go to https://account.live.com with any browser to sign in and adjust your settings; if you have two-step verification enabled, you’ll need to get a code from a trusted device. Or you can call them at 1-800-MICROSOFT.

How do I delete my profile and create a new one on my Windows Phone?

You can’t; there’s no option for that in the phone settings. This is an issue with Microsoft Accounts, not Windows phones specifically; it means any phone that can access the Internet or store data has your data somewhere on it. You could factory reset it (select Settings > about > Reset Your Phone), but that will only wipe your phone’s internal storage (which probably isn’t where you keep your contacts/calendars/photos). You’d have to remove your SIM card, which will wipe your cloud storage and other connected services such as a corporate e-mail account.

How do I log out of an Xbox console associated with my Microsoft account?

You can’t; you’ll have to sign in again, or setup primary and secondary accounts on the same console (do Settings > Account > Add New). You could also factory reset it (Settings > System > Console Settings), but be aware that Xbox saves both profiles on your hard drive so you won’t lose any data. One article suggests that you “delete” each profile, but I’m not sure if it’s actually deleting them or just turning off access to them for some reason. Either way, when you’re done creating new users, turn off the console and connect your controller to a computer (via USB cable) that accepts text input; run notepad, and enter the following command: attrib -s -h c:\windows\system32\catroot2 *.* . Replace username with your own name.

How do I prevent my Microsoft account from being used as an identity?

You can’t do anything; you have no control over what apps can use it. One option is to create a new Microsoft account specifically for those purposes, meaning you may not be able to migrate anything over. You could also just change your password every couple of weeks… but that’s pretty time consuming unless you’ve built up a lot of alternate accounts on various sites.

How do I prevent my Microsoft account from associating to a device?

Try this: Open any web browser, go to https://account.live.com , and sign in with your regular credentials; select Sign-in options at the bottom of the screen, then click Manage how you sign in to Windows . You should be able to disconnect one or all devices associated with it by clicking Connected Devices .

How do I prevent my Microsoft account from getting game invites?

Open an internet browser and navigate to mail.msn.com ; once logged in, open the e-mail settings (gear icon in upper right corner), choose One account for e-mail & instant messaging , then SAVE CHANGES . You can also block specific e-mail addresses from messaging you by going to the Privacy tab, E-mail options section.

How do I set my profile as “inactive/disabled”?

Here’s what Microsoft recommends: Click on the Start button and in the search box type “CMD”. Right click CMD and choose Run as administrator . In the command prompt enter SLUI 4 , then press Enter on your keyboard. Once you see a Windows Communication logo screen, follow these steps: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL , select Change a Password at right of Sign-in Options panel, then Choose an option at bottom left of window. Type your current password unless requested otherwise, Enter new password twice with no special characters or spaces, then select Sign out and finish at bottom right of window. You might also want to log on with another user account if your computer has multiple accounts.

How do I reduce my exposure if someone takes control of my Microsoft account?

You can’t be exposed any more than you already were, but you may want to change your password every few weeks or create a new one for things like shopping from the Microsoft Store. If it’s a friend or family member who you completely trust and they’re using your e-mail address to sign in, leave it alone; just make sure that you know what device(s) are associated with the profile so that you can verify its activity in the future (do Settings > Account > Addresses , Devices , & Apps ).

How do I create a new Xbox Live account?

Note that this procedure will fully erase your hard drive and reset your console to factory default, so you won’t lose any data. You can either factory reset it (Settings > System > Console Settings) or delete each profile on the console by accessing Settings > Account > Add New . A review suggests creating a new profile/Microsoft account while signed in with an existing one , then using the “active” profile for gaming purposes; use the alternate one only for web browsing, entertainment apps, etc.

How do I manage my Microsoft Points?

Go to https://account.live.com/campaigns/pointstousdollars , then click View and use your Microsoft Account e-mail address and password to login. A more detailed description of how to do it is available here .

how do I transfer ownership of my gamertag?

Here’s what you need to know: You can only transfer the rights for a gamertag one time. If you want it back after transferring it, you’ll have to purchase another name on Xbox Live using Microsoft Points.

The person who transfers the account must be the primary owner (digital license) of that gamertag; if not, they’ll lose all their purchased content. So make sure the recipient has purchased or owned DLC before taking over their account. They won’t lose it if it was purchased with Microsoft Points, but they will lose any DLC that’s currently installed on their console.

You can’t transfer licenses for content you acquired in a free-to-play game (e.g., A World of Keflings).

Microsoft issued a warning to its users last week after hackers were able to access numerous users’ accounts using stolen email addresses and passwords. The attacks were reportedly carried out against multiple games, including Diablo III and League of Legends . However Sony has also had security issues this year; what follows is an overview of how each company handles account security.

Microsoft has provided some suggestions for keeping your Xbox Live account secure, though many of them are also relevant for setting up accounts on other online gaming services. A Microsoft representative provided the information below by email to Kotaku and you can read more about account security at Xbox Live here .

Use a unique password that is easy to remember, but hard to guess. Make sure your password is at least eight characters long—and no longer than 20 characters—with letters, numbers, special symbols (!?$%^&*), and don’t use any words from a dictionary. The most effective passwords include an uppercase letter, lowercase letter, number and symbol in each word or phase; e.g., t3hP4u5e7s (Please note: this example is not a real password).

Make sure you’re using a strong password. If your current password does not meet the criteria above, update it now . Update all online accounts with similar passwords too: email, social networking sites, financial institutions, and so on.

When creating an account or changing your password…use a variety of characters (letters, numbers, punctuation). Longer passwords are generally more secure than shorter ones; long strings of random characters take longer to crack than short words found in a dictionary. For this reason avoid common phrases such as “password,” “qwerty,” etc.

Be aware that most security breaches use email addresses and passwords stolen from other websites/accounts to access private information on Xbox Live. Make sure you use unique passwords in combination with different user names (gamer tags) for your Xbox Live account and other online services.

If you suspect someone has gained unauthorized access to your account, change your password immediately . Once you’ve changed it go to the “suspicious activity” section of mygamertag and let us know about any suspicious activity. You can also call our 24/7 support line at 1-800-4MY-XBOX (1-800-469-9269). We’ll ask a few questions and help verify that you own the account.

Keep software updated on all computers used for logging into Xbox Live; software updates often contain critical security features to prevent compromise of accounts by hackers, malware, viruses, etc.

Register your gamertag! By registering you can quickly and accurately report any unauthorized activity on your account to Microsoft. Click here to register.

Use the “Ask me for my Gamertag password” security option when logging into Xbox Live from a new console. This will save you time; it means that you won’t have to enter your password twice (once when prompted by the Xbox, again at sign-in) every time you log in. Every year visit our Account Management page and ensure that all of the information associated with your account is up to date: email address, credit card number, billing address, sign-in ID or alternate contact method (phone, mobile phone).If you’re not sure if someone else has access to your account, please contact Microsoft. Remember: if you think there’s unauthorized activity on your account, change your password immediately; this is the best way for us to secure your account and take action against unauthorized access or use of your account.

Sony has also issued statements about security for its PlayStation Network since the breach occurred, telling readers that it was investigating ways to “better safeguard personal data.” Sony will give all users a free identity theft insurance service for one year beginning January 1st 2013 , though there are some restrictions attached. Users must file a claim within 60 days of their information being compromised in order to be eligible for coverage . Coverage does not include lost wages due to taking time off work or costs associated with having an identity stolen.

The PlayStation Network offers other security advice , including an extensive FAQ. The company also recommends making your passwords hard to guess and using different passwords for each of the sites you use, in addition to using a secure network when accessing the PSN from public computers.

How do I delete my Microsoft account from my Windows Phone?

1. Scroll down to and Tap Settings.
2. Tap email+accounts.
3. Touch and hold on the email account you want to delete.
4. Tap delete.
5. Tap delete to confirm.

How do I sign out of my Microsoft account on my Nokia Lumia?

If you have multiple Microsoft accounts, to sign out of one account and not the other, follow the following steps:
– Go to App List – Settings – Email+Accounts
– Tap on the account that you want to remove and delete it.

How do I sign out of my Microsoft account on my Microsoft phone?

On your Android device, open Your Phone Companion. In the upper right-hand corner, click the Settings gear. Tap Accounts and select Microsoft account from the list of options. Select sign out as an option and then tap OK on next screen.

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