Windows 10: How to transfer a laptop to my Windows 10 account from someone else's account?

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  1. Thravang Win User

    How to transfer a laptop to my Windows 10 account from someone else's account?


    I recently acquired a laptop, and I am trying to set myself up on the laptop. The problem is that the laptop is locked to the previous owner's Windows 10 account. I have tried to transfer the laptop to my account, but the problem is.... the previous owner died suddenly, and as such I don't know her account details. How do I get past that issue? From what I understand so far, I have to remove the laptop from her MS account, but I don't know her password to do so. She's 6 feet under, it would be quite difficult for me to ask her.

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    Thravang, Jun 12, 2019
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  2. Zakin Win User

    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 transfer a laptop to my Windows 10 account from someone else's account? :(
     
    Zakin, Jun 12, 2019
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  3. Kari Win User
    Multiple questions about installing - transfer accounts etc.


    According to you, the accounts were Windows built-in admin, a local admin and standard user. None of them needs to be moved.

    The built-in admin account, as the name says, will be there when you boot the laptop first time. It is disabled by default, you just need to enable it. For two other accounts, simply create same accounts on laptop.


    Attach the HDD to laptop using an external USB enclosure, copy contents of data folders to respective folders on laptop.


    You mentioned that the desktop accounts were / are local accounts, not Microsoft accounts. See the options to get Pro here:
    If you can still access Windows on desktop, boot it up, make it a Microsoft account and link license to that MS account. Tutorials:
    When done, see this tutorial. It will show step by step what do on the laptop to transfer desktop license to it: Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10

    This article is the best I have seen about when a license transfer is possible, and when not:
     
  4. 95Viper Win User

    How to transfer a laptop to my Windows 10 account from someone else's account?

    95Viper, Jun 12, 2019
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