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Have to use a hotmail account to login?

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    Have to use a hotmail account to login?


    Hi there,

    Just got my wife a new desktop (Dell XPS 8700) and it came with Windows 8.1. I am not familiar with this version of windows but am with Windows 7 as I use that every day for work.

    When I turned on the desktop there were several setup steps that had to be completed and one of them was signing on with a hotmail account. It may have been phrased a little differently but I was not able to skip this screen. My wife does have a hotmail account but does not want that to be her login/password just to get into windows, which I can fully understand.

    So, is there a way to set up a regular user account like we could in Windows 7?
    Also, how the heck do I get to the control panel? Is there even one? Took me ages just to stumble across how to set the workgroup to what I wanted it to be.

    I know it's just a learning process and any/all help will be much appreciated

    Many thanks.

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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Hi Dave, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInFL View Post
    When I turned on the desktop there were several setup steps that had to be completed and one of them was signing on with a hotmail account. It may have been phrased a little differently but I was not able to skip this screen. My wife does have a hotmail account but does not want that to be her login/password just to get into windows, which I can fully understand..
    Step 1:

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    Step 2:

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    Step 3: Create a normal local user account.

    The same in an Eight Forums Tutorial, step 18 tells how to use a local account instead of a Microsoft (email) account: Clean Install - Windows 8

    See this tutorial, too: Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInFL View Post
    Also, how the heck do I get to the control panel? Is there even one?
    Right click the Windows (start) button to open Start Menu, alternatively press WIN + X:

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    Kari
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Thank you so much...I can see it taking a while to get used to windows 8.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    You are welcome.

    My advice to familiarize yourself with Windows 8: take your time, have a beer or two for meditational purposes, don't panic .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    You are welcome.

    My advice to familiarize yourself with Windows 8: take your time, have a beer or two for meditational purposes, don't panic .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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