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Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by darnatl View Post
    I updated from Windows 8 home edition to Windows 8.1 home. By old local account, I am referring to the local account I set up for the original windows 8 setup. When I updated to 8.1, I chose to use a Microsoft account to login. While I recognize the benefit, I don't think it is right for me at this time.

    For example, my windows 8 local account user name was "John Doe." When I updated to 8.1, I chose to login as JD@hotmail.com with John Doe as the user name. If I try to disconnect from the MS account, the user name section of the screen in step 7 of your tutorial is automatically populated with "John Doe." When I enter a password and hit enter, it tells me to pick another user name as "John Doe" is already in use.

    Maybe I am wrongly assuming the user account listed in explorer is my previous 8.0 user account. In explorer, the expanded file tree shows: Desktop/Homegroup/John Doe; Desktop/John Doe; Desktop/This PC/Windows/Users/John Doe (and Default, Default.migrated, Guest, Public). However, currently I am unable to switch to any other accounts. If I go to Settings/Power, the only options I see is hibernate, shut down, restart.

    Maybe I am just having a brain fart. In the tutorial, I see your user account associated with MS is "Shawn Brink." In step 7, you create a new local user account named "Brink." After you disconnect from your MS account and login locally as "Brink," are you then able to switch to "Shawn Brink" as a local account?
    Basically when you switch from a Microsoft account to a local account, it basically disconnects (signs out) your Microsoft Account from the PC, then converts your current Microsoft account profile on the PC into a local account instead.

    In my example, "Shawn Brink" was only the display name of the Microsoft account. The account name was "Brink", which is the name of the "C:\Users\Brink" folder. I was able to sign in to the now "Brink" local account afterwards.

    According to the message you got, it's saying that you already have a "C:\Users\John Doe" folder for another user account on the PC. It appears that you will need to use say "John Doe2" for the name instead.

    The "Switch user" option is available on your Start screen "user name" button menu instead now by selecting an available user account to switch to.
    If you like, here's a handy "Power" cascading context menu to make using them easier.
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Nov 2013 at 11:30. Reason: added quote

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  2. #21


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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, that did the trick. After disconnecting, I was able to rename the new local account. I was hesitant to try that without confirmation because I had previously changed some settings that screwed up the guest account and was lucky I had a valid restore point.
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  3. #22


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    Great news.
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  4. #23


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    Windows 8.1


    First class instructions. Easy to understand & follow,
    Thanks
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  5. #24


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    W8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by darnatl View Post
    Thanks, that did the trick. After disconnecting, I was able to rename the new local account. I was hesitant to try that without confirmation because I had previously changed some settings that screwed up the guest account and was lucky I had a valid restore point.
    Hi

    Thanks for the great info. I too am trying to restore my previous W8.0 local account name after the W8.1 upgrade, which broke so many things for me. I'm want to confirm what darnatl did here.

    He followed your advice, but used a dummy Account Name ("john doe2" in your example) to get past the message about the name already existing. Then after the account conversion process is complete, he was able to rename the local account back to his original name. This then gave him back his original W8.0 local Account Name.

    I want to confirm before I pull the trigger and have more unexpected results.

    Thanks.
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  6. #25


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    Hello Mr Spock, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, that would be confirmed correct. It's basically just playing a shuffle game.
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  7. #26


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    W8.1


    Worked like a charm.

    With a local account my Remote Desktop is working again.
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  8. #27


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    Great news.

    You should still be able to RDC with a Microsoft account. You would enter the email address (user name) and password to sign in.
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  9. #28


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    W8.1


    Yes I tried that, and every combination of old and new user names. Could not get Remote Desktop to connect to my server no matter what I did. Possible I did something wrong, but all good again with a local account.

    Thanks Brink.
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  10. #29


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    W8.1


    I have a friend who has been using only a local account for his W8 computer. he does have a Microsoft account but all his work is in the local account, including Outlook 2013 files.
    He wants to switch to his Microsoft account, but this has none of his files in it. Is it possible to get access to these by using Share?

    Sorry if this is not the appropriate forum.
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