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I have looked over the site, but couldn't find the answer to this...

I just installed SharePoint 2010 on my Windows 7 machine for development. I restarted the machine and a new user was added, Document Conversion User Account.

I have installed SharePoint on a server before and this user account wasn't created. Maybe I chose different options...

Do I need this account? May I delete it? If I do delete it, will it cause problems down the road?

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I have had the same experience, and also didn't find much in the way of information about it. Can anyone enlighten us? – Echo Train Feb 10 '13 at 16:29
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You should not, but you can still update the Service account used via Central Admin > Security > Configure Service Accounts (have a look here, but please note (if you still want to use the services) that

  • Service accounts for Document Conversion must remain on it’s default setting, because the load balancer service needs to run as network service
  • The launcher service needs to run as Local System (not LocalService) on every machine that you want to run conversions on.
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