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Regrettably upgraded to 8.1, now I have a MS account?

  1. #1


    Michigan
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1

    Regrettably upgraded to 8.1, now I have a MS account?


    Hi,
    Just got a new computer 3 weeks ago and was adjusting quite well to Windows 8. The only thing that bugged me was the Charms bar always popping up. I read that to deactivate it you had to upgrade to 8.1. So I did the upgrade. I was cleaning the house during the process so I wasn't really paying attention to what I was doing. I remember entering my email address and selecting the option to have my security code emailed, which I now have, but I don't know what I'm supposed to do with it?

    Now my computer has an account name (home group) that I once used to get a Microsoft account a few years ago. I don't remember entering this name and don't want to keep it. I found where you can go in and change it; however, you have to sign in and it says "identify yourself across a broad range of Microsoft products and services." This makes me uncomfortable. I don't want a social networking account. I don't plan to use the Cloud either. It's just for home use. Also there's a password now every time I log in or get timed out.

    I don't like these changes and wish I hadn't upgraded. Can I go back to 8 or fix this so I don't have a Microsoft identity?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Snail, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could use the tutorial below for how to switch you Microsoft account to be a local account instead.

    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Michigan
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you. I got as far as PC settings, but I don't see an option to switch to a local account. It says I need to verify my identity. Can I just log in online and cancel my account first? Sorry, this is really confusing to me.

    Never mind, figured it out. I had to click "disconnect" first. Microsoft account all gone! Thanks so much!
    Last edited by Snail; 09 Dec 2013 at 23:24. Reason: ETA
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. Glad you got it sorted.
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