How to permanently delete your Microsoft account

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  • Switching to a new account or moving to a completely different OS is possible after deleting your Microsoft account.
  • You’ll find below the actual procedure and the preparations that you need to complete.
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Ever since before Windows 10, the ability to create a Microsoft account has always been at hand.

This account allows users to access all of Microsoft’s content, buy Microsoft products,  Xbox-related products, and more.

However, like any account, when you think you will no longer be using it, maybe it is time you close it for good.

This is especially the case with a Microsoft account since a lot of sensitive data is stored there anyway. The problem is that closing and deleting a Microsoft account isn’t all that easy.

That is why we’ve created this step-by-step guide that will show you exactly how to close and permanently delete your Microsoft account for good.

Preparations before actual account deletion

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  1. Unsubscribe from any services that the account may have been linked to.
  2. Set up an automated email forward.
    • This means letting everybody know that your account will no longer be available.
    • This applies to all of your email addresses associated with that account that ends with:
      • Hotmail.com
      • Outlook.com
      • Live.com
      • Msn.com
  3. Spend all of the money that is on the account.
  4. Create backups of data.
  5. Handle sub-accounts.
    • These can be the child sub-account you may have created for using Xbox.
  6. Turn off reset protection on your devices.

How to delete Microsoft account

If you no longer wish to use your Microsoft account, you can delete it. By following the guide below, your Microsoft account will become unavailable and will be permanently deleted within 60 days.

1. Go to Microsoft account webpage.

2. Log in to your account.

3. Click on this link to Close account.

4. You will see a list of the available Microsoft accounts on the PC.

5. Check that your correct account is selected and then click Next.

6. You will receive a confirmation code on the email associated with the account. Input it in the code box after you receive it and click Next.

7. Check each checkbox after reading what deleting your account implies.

8. Click the dropdown arrow, and select the reason you are deleting your account for.

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9. Select Mark account for closure.

10. Click on Done.

Within 60 days after deleting your account, you can always restore your account as if nothing happened, without losing any of the data, money, or email addresses associated with it.

However, any emails that may have been received during that time period will be forever lost, that is why it is important to let everyone know that you are deleting your account.

What are your reasons for deleting your Microsoft account? Let us know in the comments section below.

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