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Upgrading To Windows 8.1 Without a Microsoft Account

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Upgrading To Windows 8.1 Without a Microsoft Account


    I am helping to set up a new Toshiba laptop for a friend who only has a gmail account. Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 8.1 without using a Microsoft account?

    Kind Regards
    Chris

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Chris, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    No worries. If your friends likes, he/she can use their Gmail address to create a Microsoft account with when setting it up in Windows 8.1.

    Microsoft Account - Sign up for and Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Microsoft accounts - Microsoft Windows

    You can use Windows 8.1 without a Microsoft account, and only use a local account. However, if you must be signed in to Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account to be able to install apps from the Store, and use any apps (ex: SkyDrive, Mail) that use a Microsoft service.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    Hi Chris,

    You can link you gmail account to you Microsoft account.


    Also With a Product key you will be able to follow this and download a Windows 8.1 ISO:

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    From one of the last steps you will be able to choose to download and install from the desktop or you could download and create a bootable USB or DVD

    To Create a bootable USB or DVD

    Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO

    From that you can use the boot up media you have created to upgrade you Windows 8 to 8.1


    Edit: just noticed Shawn has posted some good information regarding linking your account

    Cheers Harry
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thank you very much Brink and Harry. I followed the advice to create the Microsoft account and have successfully upgraded to Windows 8.1.

    Kind Regards
    Chris
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. Glad we could help.
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