When you purchase a Windows 8 device, which can be a Windows 8 Laptop, PC, tablet or phone, you require your Microsoft ID to login to use full functionality. If you don’t have a Microsoft ID (a Hotmail ID of Live ID), you can create one for free at Microsoft official website. If you have not used your Microsoft ID on your Windows 8 PC, or Tablet or Phone, you will continue to use a local Windows 8 account which is linked to that device only. If you want to use the Windows 8 features to fullest, you should change the local account to a Microsoft account. However, if you intentionally plan to use the device for local usage and don’t want to use the extra features, you should keep it to a local account only. In this article, I will share with a quick tutorial on switching between Microsoft Account and Windows 8 local account in Windows 8 PC, Phone, tablet or any Windows 8 device.
Change From Windows 8 Local Account To Microsoft Account
Step 1: Go to Settings on the bottom right corner of the Windows 8 screen.
Step 2: In settings, click on Change PC settings.
Step 3: On the PC settings screen, click on Users > Switch to a Microsoft account.
Step 4: Now Windows 8 will ask for your local account password, type in the password and press Next.
Step 4: Now Windows 8 will ask your Microsoft account email address, if you don’t have one, you can create it using the “Sign up for a new email address” link towards the bottom of this page. If you already have a Hotmail or Live account, simply use the existing one.
Type in your password when it asks.
Now just sit back and relax.
It takes just a few seconds for the whole process to complete. Press Finish.
Change From Microsoft Account To Windows 8 Local Account
To switch back to a local account, you can follow steps 1 and 2 in the above tutorial. On the Users screen, you will see an option to “Switch to a local account” on Windows 8 Users setting page. Simply click on it and follow the on-screen instruction.
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