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Change my Microsoft login account from admin to standard?

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    Change my Microsoft login account from admin to standard?


    I always liked using a non admin account to (help a little bit) protect against spyware and Trojans and all of that. Now that I have W8 and linked to my Microsoft account I was going to do the same thing but it is not letting me.
    W8 was installed and when I logged in for the first time using my MS account it set me up as an admin. I created a second local account that was an admin and used that one to try to set the MS account to a standard but it didn't let me.
    Is doing this possible and should I even bother?

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    Hello Jezo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Odd, it let me change by default administrator account created during installation to standard after creating another local administrator account, sign in and out of local to finish setting it up, then sign back in to the administrator account to change the types.

    Double check to make sure that the new local account is actually an administrator type. By default, when you add a new account in Windows 8, it's created as a standard account.

    User Account Type - Change in Windows 8


    If it just won't let you, then I suppose that you could do this below as a workaround.





    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Jezo, and welcome to Eight Forums.
    Having the idea of doing eightforums just like sevenforums was pretty smart, I replaced the seven with eight to see if it would and here I was.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    Odd, it let me change by default administrator account created during installation to standard after creating another local administrator account, sign in and out of local to finish setting it up, then sign back in to the administrator account to change the types.
    Shawn
    Maybe it is because the original account was left as a Microsoft account? The steps I took were to install Windows, set up my usual Live account as the default login, then go and create a new local account as an administer by making sure the admin button was checked. I left the original as a live account and never switched it.

    Can a standard account be a Microsoft account and have the ability to install apps through a permission prompt or if I go the route of a standard account will I have to be switching back and forth between my logins to get anything done? If a standard account can get elevated permissions when needed to install or make system settings based on a password prompt it will be okay but if I need to always log out and back in as an admin to get anything done it will be a pain.
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    Yes. A local account and Microsoft account can be either a standard or administrator type of an account.

    The rights of standard user and administrator types are the same as in previous versions of Windows.

    A standard user can do elevated tasks, but will be prompted by UAC to enter an administrator's password first to allow it. If UAC is turned off, then the standard user will just be denied instead of being prompted by UAC.
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