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Can 8.1 use a local account

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    Can 8.1 use a local account


    I really don't want to use a MS account to login to Win 8.1. Can I choose a local account during install? I've seen a few posts that indicate this is not possible.

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    Actually, this morning I decided to give 8.1 a go. When I got to where I had to sign in with a MS account I screwed up the password, and then 8.1 said OK to continue, login to account later.

    Upshot of all that is 8.1 is installed just fine, and I did not ever have to sign in with a MS account. I used the update version from store.
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    N. Calif
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    I had no problem installing the 8.1 Preview from an ISO using a local account.

    You would need to login to your MS account to access the Windows Store to be able to do the install from there.
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    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    I used the iso file to install Win 8. Where is the iso file for 8.1?
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    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Thank you. I read the faq's and it seems the preview is for pros which I am not. I will wait for the release build soI don't get in trouble.
    May I ask if it is better to use the iso as I did for Win 8 or the download?
    Their is so much speculation about cost and I wonder if it played into what and when one takes action. Thank you again.
    Peter
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I really don't want to use a MS account to login to Win 8.1. Can I choose a local account during install? I've seen a few posts that indicate this is not possible.
    It's possible. Already did it.
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    I didn't try botching the password, but if it works, hey why not ??

    I'm wondering though; Was yours an update or a clean install from the ISO ?? I slicked the machine I put it on, so it had nothing to install over or upgrade.

    By the way; I am using it as my main Windows machine here at work. I have others to fall back on / use while I'm working on this one, but I use it as my main machine because I want to thoroughly test everything in a real world environment.

    ...and no I'm not crazy for putting it on a production machine. As I said before, I have plenty of other hardware to fall back on in the event I need to.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    8.1 doesn't give the option to create a 'Local Account' during installation but you can switch later in UAC.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    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
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