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Change Login Name on OS Login

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    Change Login Name on OS Login


    I recently had to update my brother-inlaw's new laptop to the 8.1 version. He doesn't use email so when I was prompted to enter an email address when you installed he update, I just put in a random email address and password not knowing I'd need that info to sign into the laptop every time you turned it on. Once I finished the install, I didn't restart it to check to see what it would do. Now he tells me when the laptop starts up, it wants the password for the account I entered when I put in the random account during install. He tells me you cannot change the user name (email address) so I'm at a loss here on what to do to get him logged onto his laptop. Is there something I can do to get that info changed or at least get him logged into the computer so that info can be changed? I have created a new email for him to use but it does no good when I can't even get into the computer.

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    8.1 requires a Windows live login, in order to work. You do not use the Windows Live login, you cannot use the computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    8.1 requires a Windows live login, in order to work. You do not use the Windows Live login, you cannot use the computer.
    He can use a local account

    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
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    Windows 7


    Can I switch to a local account without actually logging into the computer? The problem I am having is I can't change the account name (email address) and do not have the password I put in when I updated the computer to 8.1.
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    I'm trying to find an option other than a clean install. It should have switched to a local account since it wasn't a valid email.
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    Windows 7


    Well it apparently is a valid email. Just not his. I signed him up with a new one but when I tried to use the name that I used when I updated it, it said it was already taken. Basically it's the password that's holding me up.
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    Looks like you will need to re-install.What are the specs on the laptop, it should have a factory reset option.
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    Windows 7


    I'll have to check it out. I don't have it here. I figured that was going to be my only option. Windows 8 blows.
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    W10 Pro X64


    I would still give it a chance. Just don't make that mistake on your next install.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ clancaster23:
    Did you try getting into command prompt from the login screen?
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