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How to change OneDrive account in Windows 8.1?

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    How to change OneDrive account in Windows 8.1?


    I have a personal account as well as a university account. In Windows 8.1, how do I switch from my personal account to my university account so that all my OneDrive for Business data is showing in Windows 8.1 instead of my personal OneDrive for consumer?

    Thank you!

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    Hello Charlie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you needed to switch between the accounts often, then you might consider creating a new Microsoft account using your university address in Windows. This way you can easily switch between the user accounts in Windows as needed.
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    I do not need to change often. I just need to change from my personal OneDrive to my University OneDrive account. I can do this easily in the OneDrive desktop version but Windows 8.1 do not have this option.
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    Since OneDrive is directly tied to your Microsoft account, it would be easier to access the other OneDrive online via your browser as needed instead of switching your Microsoft account in Windows each time you want to switch OneDrive accounts.

    It depends on your needs though, so please let me know what would work best for you, and I'll be happy to help.
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    Actually, this is a Surface Pro 3 that is joined to a University's domain. I logged with the university's credential. So, I don't get how it's a Microsoft account. To be honest, I don't remember I got it linked to my personal OneDrive at the beginning. The email I used to login to this computer is always a university email address.
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    In that case, it would definitely be easier to sign in to OneDrive online to use either.
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    I don't think you understand my question. I already know how to sign to either account online. Since Windows 8.1 already have OneDrive integrated and I can't install the desktop version, which I preferred but can't. I need to have the University OneDrive synced in my computer so that I can work offline and automatically syncs back to OneDrive when my tablet is back online again. Sign to online account is not a option.
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    I see. In that case, you could create a new Microsoft account using the university email address on the tablet. This way you will be able to have both accounts on the tablet to easily switch between the user accounts in Windows, and set them to make whatever files you want from OneDrive to be available offline.

    User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8

    OneDrive - Available Offline or Online in Windows 8.1
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    Again, I already have two accounts. The university account is able to log in to office.com web site and use everything there. Let me try to make this as clear as possible. It seems you still misunderstood about my question. Forget about accessing two accounts.

    I logged in to the tablet using University account. Here's what I want:
    1. Un-link **REMOVED** OneDrive for Consumer in the tablet from the university account **REMOVED**
    2. Link my **REMOVED** account in the tablet so I can start syncing the OneDrive for Business with my folders


    Okay, making it even shorter and clearer. How to unlink and re-link OneDrive account in Windows 8.1?
    Last edited by Brink; 19 Dec 2014 at 15:17. Reason: removed email address so they don't get spammed to death
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    For your 2 steps above you could un-link your current MS account by converting to local account. Then connect to the new one by converting to MS account and giving the new e-mail.

    1. Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
    2. Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8

    If that is what you are after

    Edit: when you are in the interim local account phase you may want to move the contents of your current OneDrive folder (C:\Users\your name\Onedrive) to another directory so your personal onedrive stuff already on your local disk doesn't get synched to your university account.
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