Posted by: kurtsh | October 27, 2012

HOWTO: Remove a Windows 8/RT computer from your Microsoft Account

imageAre you a big Windows user?  Do you have lots and lots of Windows computers assigned to your Microsoft account?  (a.k.a. Windows Live ID)  Have you been reformatting PCs and reinstalling, using the same Microsoft account to log in/  Then at some juncture you will find that you run up against the “5 PC limit” on which you can install your Windows Store applications.

So the question is:
“How do I remove PCs from my account so that I can continue to install my Windows Store apps on my current, active computers?”

If you’ve already used your account to install apps on five different PCs, you’ll need to remove one of those PCs from your account before you can install apps on another PC using the same account.

To remove a PC from your account
  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Your account. If you haven’t signed in to the Windows Store, sign in using your Microsoft account.

  4. Under Your PCs, tap or click Remove next to the PC you want to remove from your account.

Taken from “Use your Windows Store account to install apps on up to five PCs”
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/windows-store-install-apps-five-pcs

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