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Change default login account

  1. #1


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Enterprise

    Change default login account


    I started off using a local account called "Default" with no password. I have since switched over to logging in with my Live account. Whenever I reboot or the screen locks it defaults me back to the local account. Now all I have to do is click the back arrow and select my Live ID but there has to be a way to default it to it.

    Thanks,
    Scott

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Scott,

    Usually, it will show the user account that had just last signed out, restarted, shut down, locked, etc.... the computer by default at the sign in screen.

    Was the Live Account the only one signed in, and the one that did the above?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Yeah.
    As a test I just restarted and logged in with the Live account. If I do a Start, Lock...it will prompt me for the Live account.
    If I do a Start, Log Off...it prompts me for my "Default" account.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Can I just delete the "Default" account? The only accounts I show in Computer Management are: Administrator, Default, Guest and HomeGroupUser$

    Thanks,
    Scott
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, you can if you like. While signed in to only the Microsoft account (live), you could use either option in the tutorial below to delete the default one.

    User Account - Delete - Windows 7 Forums
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  6. #6


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Ok I think I have it figured out and was just confused. I was assuming that when I switched over to using my Live account that it would have a local account with all of the data (Documents, Favorites Etc..). What happened was my Live ID tied into my "Default" local account so deleting the Default local account would delete everything.
    What I did not know was if I login with my "Default" account it automatically logs me into my Live account. I was assuming I had to login with the Live account but I get the same results if I just login locally and in the Metro screen it shows me logged into my live account.

    Does all of this make sense?

    Thanks,
    Scott
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm happy to hear that all is well Scott.

    Yes, that makes sense. When you switch from a local account to a Microsoft account, the Microsoft account takes over and replaces that local account.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Its just weird that it gives you the option to login to either the Live or Local account even though both do the same.
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Odd, there shouldn't be an option to sign in to the local account after it has been switched to a Microsoft account.

    Just to verify that you only have one user account on the computer, open the Control Panel (icons view), click on "User Accounts" and "Manage another account" link. If you only have one user account, then you should only have your Microsoft account listed, and the Guest account that is off.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Yeah...that is exactly what I have.
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