Windows 10: How to change the initial account used to set up Windows 10.

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  1. How to change the initial account used to set up Windows 10.


    When I set up my new laptop, for some reason I used the wrong Microsoft account. Now 1) my laptop is associated with my son's Microsoft account and subject to screen time limitations and 2) I can't joint the insider program using my true Microsoft account.


    How do I change the main account without having to create a new account and rebuild all the desktop applications and settings?


    I tried creating a 2nd admin account and using that one to make the change to the initial account, but I could not do that.

    :)
     
    ArielBalter, Jul 5, 2018
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  2. angus Win User

    Settings can't be opened using the built-in administrator account


    Hello,
    Unfortunately I have the same issue as Dabz from upgrading win7 to win10.
    I've tried opening settings using all the suggested methods and it will not load using my account with Administrator access nor the built-in Administrator profile. I also tried other methods not listed such as using Run. Control panel is just a stepping stone to add users in Settings.
    I'm also having explorer.exe issues, which I believe is preventing Settings from loading.
    Using cmd (Admin) I successfully created a new user profile [and granted admin access also using cmd (Admin)], however win10 will not allow this account to log on. win10 does not list this new user within control panel but it does in the start menu. win10 will not allow to log in or switch to the new account via the start menu either.
    I can access settings in Safe Mode but this will not allow me to create a new account.
    Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
     
    angus, Oct 29, 2018
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  3. abalter Win User
    How to change the initial account used to set up Windows 10.


    When I set up my new laptop, for some reason I used the wrong Microsoft account. Now 1) my laptop is associated with my son's Microsoft account and subject to screen time limitations and 2) I can't joint the insider program using my true Microsoft account.



    How do I change the main account without having to create a new account and rebuild all the desktop applications and settings?



    I tried creating a 2nd admin account and using that one to make the change to the initial account, but I could not do that.
     
    abalter, Oct 29, 2018
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  4. Zakin Win User

    How to change the initial account used to set up Windows 10.

    Strange Windows 10 User Account issue.

    Unfortunately I had done those steps numerous reboots, it just, reappears for no good reason. The base account isn't even a Microsoft account, it's a local account.

    I haven't quite tried the built in administrator account on W10, but so far in my experience on my own computer, the built in account seemed to have absolutely no more control than I did on my own.

    It's just strange, I go in, it warns me twice about deleting the account, then it's gone. Reboot, and it's back?

    EDIT: Just to specify, both command line and Netplwiz both say only HIS account exists on the computer, it doesn't list this rogue account. This is what I meant in my first post about the fact that even Windows doesn't seem to believe it exists, HALF the time. *Frown How to change the initial account used to set up Windows 10. :(
     
    Zakin, Oct 29, 2018
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