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Why does windows 8 insist on a microsoft a/c & password


penny101

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#1
I've had a Windows 8 laptop for a whole 4 days and already know I don't like windows 8! (8.1 actually). WHY do computer people always have to make things worse every time they 'improve' things? :( This new small laptop replaces one that used Windows XP (great) and I also have a desktop (Windows 7 - fine).

Windows 8 doesn't deign to have a few preloaded simple games. This one is full of games I will never want. To download a few free solitaire games I had to have a microsoft account. Fortunately I already have an outlook email address with password but it made me suspicious - why an account of all things? Anyway I did it. But I now have a few games whose format I don't like and which in any event I cannot easily find (because the games icon is full of jazzier things I have no interest in). Worst of all, my computer now requires the microsoft account password every time I switch it on! How do I get rid of all this? I'm the only person who will ever use this computer. I do not need a password and I'm happy to lose all the games, both the preloaded ones and the solitaire I foolishly downloaded.

Many thanks for any advice.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo

Brink

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#2
Hello Penny, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to set Windows to automatically sign in to your Microsoft account at startup.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2894-log-user-account-automatically-windows-8-startup.html

If you really prefer to use a local account (like Windows 7) instead of a Microsoft account, then you could switch your account on the PC to be a local account. Afterwards, step 5 in the tutorial below can help show you how to sign in to the Store while signed in to Windows with a local account.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...-different-microsoft-account-windows-8-a.html

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

strollin

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It's not really necessary to use an MS account on a Win 8.x machine. The machine I am typing this on does not use an MS account and it works fine. If you bring up the Charms on the right side of the screen then select Settings->Change PC settings then click on Accounts you should see the option to switch to a local account. You will get asked for a PW when you setup the local account, leave it blank and you won't be prompted for a PW when you boot the machine. You won't be able to use OneDrive if your machine doesn't use an MS account. There are ways around that so if you want to use OneDrive, post a question about that.

You do need an MS account to download apps & games from the store, you can enter that info in the store if you use it. If you don't want to have access to the MS Store then you don't really need to have an account. I'm not sure why you can't find the games you installed "(because the games icon is full of jazzier things I have no interest in)". I have no clue what that means.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
    Memory
    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1050, Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 1366x768 (laptop)
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    120Mbps/6Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    MSE on desktop, Defender on laptop
    Other Info
    Retired after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant.

8088

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Not much to add. But welcome to the forum and I did what Brink said a few weeks ago and it works great. After his changes I am starting to like Win8 a little more. Keep digging he and others have more tips & tricks. There are ways to make it look and run a lot more like XP if that is what you are after.

8080
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64 bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 5720
    CPU
    2.50 gigahertz Intel Core i5-3210M
    Motherboard
    023HTX A00
    Memory
    6002 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 [Display adapter]
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900
    Hard Drives
    ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 0, s/n S2WZJ90C932754, rev 2AR20003, SMART Status
    TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 USB Device [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 1, s/n F87860031303102, SMART Status: Healthy
    SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB
    Mouse
    loggitech M570
    Antivirus
    Norton AntiVirus Version 21.4.0.13

CountMike

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Those games must have been preloaded with computer, Win8 doesn't have any games by itself.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD

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