Friday, 29 August 2014

Windows 8.1 - Switching to Local Account

Problem:

Microsoft Windows 8.1 update by default prompts to use a Microsoft live account and without noticing, I just went ahead and got signed in using my Microsoft Account. Now how do I switch to a local account?

Solution:

Yes, Windows 8.1 by default takes the users to sign in using Microsoft live account. However, if you carefull observe, you have the option to use a local account, but Microsoft ensured that you will miss that. Windows however allows users to switch between live account and local accounts.  To switch to a local account, follow these steps:


  • Goto Your Account Settings screen. You can do this by typing "Your Account" on the Windows Search screen (Windows Key + Q) .  

  • You will see a link "Disconnect" under your user account. You should click on Disconnect, which will take you through setting up your local account.

  • As a next step, Windows will have to authenticate you once again and will prompt for your current password.
  • The next step will prompt you for inputs to have your local account created. 
  • You will then be prompted for a confirmation and you click on the Singout and Finish button.


You may want to note that by switching to your local account, you will lose the synchronization with your sky drive.