Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Microsoft Account vs Local Account & Desktop vs Laptop

  1. #1


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro

    Microsoft Account vs Local Account & Desktop vs Laptop


    I'm curious,

    How many use a Microsoft Account to log in or use a local account?

    If you use a Microsoft Account on your desktop, do you use the same Microsoft Account on your laptop?


    I have upgraded my desktop but have not upgraded my laptop yet. Not sure of the pros and cons of using a Microsoft account vs local account and using the same on both a desktop and laptop.

    Thanks

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jbfoster View Post

    If you use a Microsoft Account on your desktop, do you use the same Microsoft Account on your laptop?

    Thanks
    yes it will sync few thing. NO problem if you have 2, 3, 10 PCs log with the same account at the same time
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    I don't use a laptop but do log in with a local account to avoid having to log into Microsoft account.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    I've been setting up local accounts to sign into Windows itself, but using my Microsoft Accounts within individual apps (on a non-Admin local account).
    I saw this article:
    The hidden danger of Windows 8 Microsoft Accounts | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld

    ...which rather put me off using Microsoft Accounts as my main login. So by signing into Apps individually I seem to get quite a few of the benefits of a Microsoft Account but less risk of being locked out of my computer altogether.

    Am I missing out on much?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    all well and good - but what happens if you DON'T have an internet connection at the time you need to log in.
    Servers DO go down sometimes -- as well as people get disconnected for non payment of bills and a myriad of other reasons.

    seriously -- by all means use a Microsoft account but AFTER you've logged on with a local account.

    Even then why bother -- if you need music or media content you don't have to rely on having a Microsoft account to get it - and I'm not even THINKING about torrent sites.

    I really don't care for more and more of this "cloud Cuckoo Land" stuff.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    ....what happens if you DON'T have an internet connection at the time you need to log in.
    Servers DO go down sometimes -- as well as people get disconnected for non payment of bills and a myriad of other reasons.

    seriously -- by all means use a Microsoft account but AFTER you've logged on with a local account.

    Even then why bother -- if you need music or media content you don't have to rely on having a Microsoft account to get it....
    That's how I do it, Jimbo, and for the reasons you mentioned. I only logon to my MS a/c if and when I need to. The rest of the time, I'm logged-on locally. Wenda.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    I saw this article:
    The hidden danger of Windows 8 Microsoft Accounts | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld
    Ok, wait, this is from April 2012.

    2.)
    Nine times out of 10 they've been careless with the password -- reusing their Hotmail password on other sites, for example, or typing it on a machine of dubious pedigree.
    This is not a Hotmail issue. This is a user Issue.

    As for the Cloud, I have accepted the fact that, that is the way the world is moving.
    So as for me, it's a get on board or get left behind. (ie. You don't have to love it, but you should learn it, use it, understand it, so you know what you are really talking about when it comes to any issues.)

    However, I do agree,, you should always create a local account first. Then if you want an MS account create that separately.
    You don't actually need one, unless you want to take advantage of the things Win8 has to offer.


    The Music app sniffs, "To get the most from this app, switch from your local account to a Microsoft account." You have to sign in to the Microsoft Store. SkyDrive asks for a sign-in -- photos, too
    I also have to point out that this is wrong....

    Photo's DOES NOT ask for a login to access your photos, unless they are on Skydrive.
    Music DOES NOT ask for a login unless you want to shop or access something on line that requires it.
    You can listen to locally stored music without having to login
    Last edited by Tepid; 07 Jan 2013 at 14:15.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Microsoft Account vs Local Account & Desktop vs Laptop
Related Threads
Microsoft and local account are the same folder. in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hi! So this strange thing is happening with my bf's user accounts and we're trying to figure it out. His pc is running on Windows 8.1. So there is a folder on his desktop named after his local user account but with contents identical to his microsoft account folder. So the exact same folder...
Solved Local VS Microsoft Account in User Accounts and Family Safety
I have just got a new computer I will set up soon. I am new to Windows 8 so can someone tell me the pros and cons of having either a local account or using a Microsoft account?
Hi With Windows 8.1 Update 1, when I switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa, some dialog and confirmation/verification screen are displayed. It is possbile to save the inserted data in this dialog screens and eliminate confirmation/verification screen in order to automate...
Solved Choosing a local vs. Microsoft Account in User Accounts and Family Safety
I've always used a Microsoft Account to login to Windows 8.1 and have my setting synced now I'm thinking, would it give me any faster Windows performance if I had chosen a local account instead? or is it the same?
Local Account/microsoft account in User Accounts and Family Safety
Wanted to ask for upside and downside of changing my local/admin account to a Microsoft account. I don't understand other than being able to go into the Microsoft store. I am seriously considering dumping 8.1 and installing 7 to match my desktop. This is a recent install on a laptop. Pain in...
Microsoft Account over Local Domain in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hello, my Microsoft account is taking over the computer. I have two administrator accounts, both set with equal priorities, but on two different domains, one is a Microsoft Account and the other is the AD (local)domain. The problem is that when I am logged in under my AD account, whenever I do...
Microsoft Account / Local Account in User Accounts and Family Safety
I updated to 8.1 yesterday and noticed that it went to a Microsoft Account. I switched it back to a Local Account. I installed a few apps to check out yesterday also. Tonight I went to install an app from the store but it would not let me unless I switched to a Microsoft Account. What happened?...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook