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Seperate Windows Account, Email Password From PC Password

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Seperate Windows Account, Email Password From PC Password


    I found that once I upgraded to Windows 8.1 I had to use my Email account to Log In to my PC.
    The User has to have a Windows Account (Mine is originally Hotmail - Live - Outlook).

    I can not stand having the same Password and account info from my Email account the same as my PC.

    I had to reinstall Windows 8 and then I was able to use a Personalized & Custom User Name & PC Password.

    *This coincides with certain software I use when I install the same titles on multiple PCs. *(Serif - WebPlusX6 - I use a common User Name and file location).

    ***I will not tolerate having to be constricted to a Windows Account that makes me use the same password and user name for my Email Account and my PC.

    *****Therefor, WINDOWS 8.1 is useless to me at this time.

    P.S. I still get rapid boot times and custom features from Windows 8. *I assigned the Power Button where the old *Start button would be & pinned shortcuts to my task bar to navigate to apps I use frequently.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Majestone, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can sign in to Windows 8 with any "local account" or "Microsoft account" you want.

    You do not have to setup a "Microsoft account" when installing or setting up Windows 8.1. A trick to this would be to temporarily disconnect the internet when you get to this point to then be able to setup a "Local account" instead.

    If you want a Microsoft account, then you could have two Microsoft accounts, and use one to sign in to Windows 8 with and the other for your emails.

    Either way, you could easily switch to a local account afterwards.
    ...or switch back to any Microsoft account you wanted instead.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thank You Shawn!!

    I just recently bought a new laptop with Windows 8. *(I have been using Windows 7 with my 2 other PCs & I really like them, but they have slow boot times). When I set up my new Laptop I upgraded right away to Windows 8.1 without knowing your "trick". Thanks to you I can now upgrade to Windows 8.1 again and set up a Local Account first by disconnecting from the internet.

    Thanks again,

    Majestone
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Majestone.

    The internet trick causes Windows to not be able to verify your Microsoft account since it can't check online at MS, so it then opts to have you set up a local account instead.
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