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    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8

    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
    How to Switch from a Microsoft Account to a Local Account in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    12 Mar 2012
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    How to Switch from a Microsoft Account to a Local Account in Windows 8 and 8.1

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    If you are using a Microsoft account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1, then this will show you how to switch to a local account to sign in with instead. Using a local user account, like how it was in Vista and Windows 7, your settings will not sync between the PCs you use.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    Microsoft account:

    • You can use your @outlook.com or any email address and password to sign in to Windows 8.
    • When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to the cloud.
    • Your friends’ contact info and statuses are automatically up to date from your Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other accounts.
    • You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, and other accounts without signing in to each one.
    • Your personal settings are synced to any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and apps.
    • You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to.
    • Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
    • You can associate the most commonly used Windows settings to your user account. In this way, the saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. So your PC will be set up just the way you are used to.
    • You can also save time with sign-in credentials, because now the same credentials are available for the different apps and websites you use and you can easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
    • You can automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.


    Local account:

    • You use a user name (and password if you want one) to sign in to Windows 8.
    • A local user account gives you access to only the PC it's on. You will need a separate user account created on each PC you use.
    • None of your settings will be synced between the PCs you use, and you won't get the benefits of connecting your PC to the cloud.
    • You will not be able to use any modern apps that use a Microsoft service that require you to be signed in to a Microsoft account.





    Here's How:

    1. If you have not aleady, sign in to your Microsoft account that you want to switch to a local account in Windows 8.

    2. Do either step 3, 4, or 5 below for which way you would like to use.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the User Accounts icon, click/tap on the Make changes to my account in PC settings link, and go to step 4 or 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If you have Windows 8 or Windows RT, open PC settings, click/tap on Users on the left side, click/tap on Switch to a local account on the right side, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If you have Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, open PC settings, click/tap on Accounts on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    A) Click/tap on Your account on the left side of "Accounts", click/tap on Disconnect under your Microsoft account display name at the top on the right side, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Enter your Microsoft account's password, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: This will be the same password for your email address.

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    7.
    Type in a user name, password, and password hint that you want for your local account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)


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    8.
    Click/tap on Sign out and finish. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: This will sign you out of your Microsoft account, and take you to the lock screen to sign in to your new local account now instead.

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    9.
    Sign in to your new local user account. (see screenshot below)

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    10.
    You have now switched to a local user account to use to sign in Windows 8 with now.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    I unknowingly messed something and now I can't switch back to local account. When I click on "make changes to my account in pc settings",nothing happens. I need help here. I don't like the windows live account. I want to switch back to local account.
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    Hello Runner,

    What happens when you open PC settings directly in step 3 instead?

    Do you have UAC set to the default setting (2nd level from top)?
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    When I click on PC setiings,nothing happens. I have set UAC to 3rd level from top.
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    Looks like you may need to refresh Windows 8, then afterwards switch to a local user account.
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    Ok man. I won't refresh it now but I will try some other way.
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    Brink, is this the only way to get rid of that MS Password Save dialog? What I'm doing now is running Waterfox with "save passwords for sites" disabled. That kills the dialog but without the browser password save I'm getting interactions between LastPass and SessionManager AddOn. It would be simpler to use the cookies or whatever Waterfox uses. But that MS dialog is super annoying.
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    Hey Miles,

    Sorry, but no this wouldn't help with your browser saving passwords.

    "LastPass is logging you in" when already logged in
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    Hmm, the browser remembers passwords fine. But if I have that option enabled and log in for the first time on a new site, I get the MS dialog. I guess it will go away once I log into everything.. until I try a new site. Oh well.
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    I am having a problem disconnecting from my SkyDrive account and reverting to my old local account in 8.1. In the tutorial above, I get stuck at step 7 above. I get the error message: "Windows is already using that name. Please enter another user name."

    The user name field is already populated with my user account name. The problem, I believe is that both the SkyDrive and local account have the same name. I may be totally confused about what happened when I chose to log-in using my SkyDrive account. It looks like the local account is still there in drive C, but it does not show up as a separate user account, ie, I cannot sign out of the SkyDrive account and just sign into my old local account.

    Am I missing something here? Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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