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Accounts all mixed up

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Accounts all mixed up


    Just got a new computer with Windows 8 installed. I set up my user account with my comcast email, but then later decided I to use my gmail account (mostly because of the POP3 limitation in Win8).

    I find there is no way to change the e-mail address associated with that Windows account, so I figured I would simply close that account and create a new microsoft with the gmail id. Did that, but of course the Windows 8 account is now tied to the closed microsoft account (comcast account) - so everything is all messed up now. I see no way to tell Windows "This is the same account, it's just a different e-mail address"

    I created a new account using the gmail, but then all my libraries are not associated with that account.. I am frustrated.

    Please can someone instruct me on how to change my primary Windows 8 account to log on with a different e-mail address? Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Rich,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to change the email address for your Microsoft account.

    Microsoft Account - Change Email Address in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thanks Shawn.. I had already tried those steps, it would not let me change the e-mail address tied to the account. Here's what I ended up doing:

    1. Change my windows account to a local account.

    2. Change it back to a microsoft account, and entered the new info. So far it looks like it has worked.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Perfect.

    Creating that second account seemed to have blurred the lines.
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