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How to Switch Between Microsoft Account and Local Account in Windows 8?

Elva Chrys

Sep 19,2012 02:17 / Posted by to Windows Tips
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If you’ve cared about the latest news about Windows 8, you should know that this upcoming new Windows version comes with two types of user accounts: Microsoft account and local account. We’ve told you how to add a new local account or Microsoft account in Windows 8. In this article, you’ll find out how to switch to a Microsoft account or local account in Windows 8. Administrator privilege is required to do the following jobs.

How to switch to Microsoft account in Windows 8?

If you sign to your local user account and you want to switch to a Microsoft account in Windows 8, please take the follow steps.

  • 1. Open the Charm Bar on Windows 8 desktop using the Windows+C hotkey and click on Change PC Settings to open the Metro PC Settings window.
  • 2. On the left pane, click on Users, and then click on Switch to a Microsoft account on the right pane.

  • 3. Type the password of your local user account and click Next button.
  • 4. Type the email address of your Microsoft account, and click Next.
  • 5. Type in the password for your email address or fill out the needed information, and click Next.

  • 6. Enter security verification info that you would like, and click Next.
  • 7. Click Finish.
  • 8. You have now switched to a Microsoft account to use to sign in Windows 8 with now. You can press the Windows key to go back to the Start screen if you like.

How to switch to Local user account in Windows 8?

If you sign in to your Microsoft account and you want to switch to a local account in Windows 8, you can do as follows:

  • 1. Open the Charms Bar, and click on the Settings charm, then Click on the More PC settings.
  • 2. Click Users and then click Switch to a local account on the coming PC settings window.

  • 3. Enter the password of your Microsoft account, and click Next.
  • Note: The password will be the same password for your email address.

  • 4. Type in a user name, password, and password hint that you want for your local user account, and click on Next. Then click on Sign out and finish.
  • 5. Sign in to your new local user account and you have now switched to a local user account to use to sign in Windows 8 with now.

One more tip

No matter what kind of user account you use in Windows 8, don't forget to add a strong yet easy-to-remember password to protect the account. For the local user account, don’t forget to create a Windows 8 password reset disk for it in case you forgot Windows 8 password in future. If you forgot Windows 8 password without a disk, please turn to Windows Password Unlocker. The Windows 8 password recovery feature will be soon available.

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