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Can 8.1 use a local account

  1. #11


    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    VM


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    try and run it as a Virtual machine --VMware player is FREE and it will give you some practice as well using Virtual Machines. That way you don't need to alter anything on your existing OS.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    >>You have no idea how hard I tried to set up a vm. Once I did but it was trouble. I am too old, sick and unskilled but I thank you very much for the suggestion.
    I also need to find out if it is better to use the download or the iso as I did for Win 8 and also costs etc. which seem unknown now.
    Thank you and I whish I could up my skills over night.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ Peter2:

    An easy way is create a new partition on your C drive, if you have the room, and dual boot W8.1 beside W8.
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  3. #13


    MD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    @ Peter2

    A easy way is create a new partition on your C drive, if you have the room, and dual boot W8.1 beside W8.
    >>It is way above my skill level but I thank you.
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  4. #14


    Hopachi, how did you install using a local account? Edwin (and others) say the option to do so does not exist.
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Hopachi, how did you install using a local account? Edwin (and others) say the option to do so does not exist.
    I've upgraded through the store while I was using a local account.

    If you used the ISO and couldn't see the option (in 8.0 it was well-hidden that local account choice) try to switch afterwards when you're logged in. It should still be possible.
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  6. #16


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    image 8.1 to 8


    Although I cannot use a VM or dual boot, I was wondering if I could install Win 8.1 and if necessary, use my Macrium to recover Win 8?
    If so, would the store or the iso be better. I want a local account and am not sure if getting a disc at this point is wise, via the iso.
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  7. #17


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    For those of you wishing to install the 8.1 Preview with a Local account, do the install from the ISO WITHOUT an active internet connection, the install will not be able to setup using your MS account and so will prompt you to install with a local account.
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  8. #18


    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Great to hear about the iso file to disc and installing off line. Thanks for that.
    What do I use for a product key?

    I read 8.1 cannot be removed.
    However, will a Macrium Reflect image recover from 8.1. to 8 if there are too many issues?
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    For those of you wishing to install the 8.1 Preview with a Local account, do the install from the ISO WITHOUT an active internet connection, the install will not be able to setup using your MS account and so will prompt you to install with a local account.
    Good find, rep for you
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  10. #20


    Thanks strollin, good info for sure. Now if I can only get past the 0X000000C4 error during install I'll be all set.
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