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Microsoft Accounts and Passwords

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    Microsoft Accounts and Passwords


    Hey guys,

    So I'm using my Microsoft account to log in, since I like how it syncs your customizations to the start menu/color preferences/etc, but I really hate needing a password to log into my computer since I'm the only person who uses it and the only account on there.

    I used "control userpasswords2" to uncheck "require a password at login", then stored my password so that when I boot up, it logs me in automatically.

    However, since updating to the 8.1 preview, I noticed that if my screen is off for more than 15 minutes it makes me enter a password to unlock it. Microsoft's site says that when you use a MS account, you *have* to put in a password to unlock it, with 15 minutes being the longest time, all the way down to "always require a password"

    This just irks me, what's the use of logging in automatically if I can't stay logged in?

    Does anyone here know of a workaround using the registry/GPOs?

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    Hello drfsupercenter,

    You may also wish to set these below to see if one may be the issue.

    How to Enable or Disable Password Protection on Wakeup in Windows 8


    (uncheck On resume, display logon screen box)
    How to Enable or Disable Screen Saver Password Protection in Windows 7 and Windows 8

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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    Tried the registry key and it didn't seem to work. Seems that for your method one, none of those options were available at all. I think the 8.1 preview removed those options for Microsoft Account users.

    Can you try it on one of your computers and see what happens? It's fairly annoying that you have to be "secure" if you're using a Microsoft account now.
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    I'll have to do some more digging on this to see, and I'll post back when I find anything.
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    OK, thank you
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Switch to a Local Account.
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    Don't want to do that. There has to be some workaround that lets you use a Microsoft account like in regular 8, before the 8.1 update...
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    drfsupercenter,

    In the Windows 8.1 Preview, when the lock screen "Slide Show" is turned on, it has this option to automatically lock your PC after X amount of minutes like in step 9 of the tutorial below. If you turn off the lock screen slide show using step 3, this should stop.

    Lock Screen Slide Show - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.1

    Hope this helps.
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    That is already set to off, since it's the default setting.

    I definitely think this will need some sort of a registry value to fix. On that note, I might mess around with the different times (1, 2, 3 minutes etc) while using RegShot and see what changes.
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    Oh, that's weird. On my Windows 8.1 x86 it just has "Everyone must enter a password" or "Everyone doesn't have to enter a password".

    This is on my Surface RT, and it says Password policy: Require a password after the display is off for: and you can choose "always require a password", 1 minute, 2, minutes etc all the way up to 15. Is there a way to replicate that on an actual computer so I can compare settings via RegShot?
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