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outlook.com account concern on Windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro

    outlook.com account concern on Windows 8


    My initial Windows 8 setup was done using a Windows Live Hotmail account to sign into Windows. Yesterday I decided to upgrade my account to an Outlook account. That went ok, but then the problem started when I tried to rename my account from hotmail.com to show as outlook.com. I wouldn't let me. So I decided to create an entirely new outlook.com account.

    After I had done this, I added a new outlook User account to Windows, and then proceeded to change my computer's main login account over to the new outlook account, change my Mail, Skydrive, etc etc all over to the new outlook account. I then removed my Hotmail account from the computer.

    Here's what I'm worried about mostly: If I ever reformat my PC and reinstall W8 from scratch, will I be ok using my new outlook account as the main User? Or is my W8 license somehow locked to my old Hotmail account? I have since reviewed my system information screen as well as my Windows Activation info, and I don't see anything at all hinting that it's tied to either a Hotmail or outlook account but I just want to be sure.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yes, you can use your Outlook.com domain on ANY PC. Nothing is locked license wise to your Outlook account, other than to the Windows Store, as that will just carry over your app download history when you sign into another PC with your Outlook account so you can reinstall the apps you need on that PC.

    Also, very handy to have that when you do need to reinstall from scratch. Your Desktop wallpaper and color settings transfer over, mouse settings, some Explorer settings, Start Screen color and pattern, lock screen, and your IE Favorites as well as the IE 10 pins on the Start Screen.
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    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro


    Excellent, thanks
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