1. Joined : Mar 2015
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    Windows 7
       26 Mar 2015 #1

    Microsoft Account Question


    Will you be required in windows 10 to have an local account to use windows 10 offline and will you be able access the ms store and download apps while logged into your local account
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  2. Joined : Nov 2013
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       27 Mar 2015 #2

    You have the choice whether to use a Microsoft account or a local account whether you are on-line or not - both work.

    You can use a local account and sign in to the store (and other apps) individually see Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums (but you must have a Microsoft account).

    The only app that doesn't work while signed on as a local account is OneDrive.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2015
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    Windows 7
       27 Mar 2015 #3

    adamf said: View Post
    You have the choice whether to use a Microsoft account or a local account whether you are on-line or not - both work.

    You can use a local account and sign in to the store (and other apps) individually see Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums (but you must have a Microsoft account).

    The only app that doesn't work while signed on as a local account is OneDrive.
    Thank you I've been looking everywhere for the answer to this question for a while now
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  4. Joined : Nov 2013
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       27 Mar 2015 #4

    You're welcome
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro
       27 Mar 2015 #5

    adamf said: View Post
    The only app that doesn't work while signed on as a local account is OneDrive.
    OneDrive works just fine also when using a local account. The only difference is a local account user needs to tell which MS Account OneDrive will be used, instead of connecting automatically as it does when signed in with an MS Account.

    You could even say that OneDrive works better for local account users because it lets them decide which OneDrive to use .

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    Last edited by Kari; 27 Mar 2015 at 06:38. Reason: Typos
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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
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       27 Mar 2015 #6

    Even better - I have to admit I didn't check it properly, sorry.

    I converted to a local account to check the store and mail apps worked and saw an error message about not being logged into onedrive and assumed it didn't work with a local account. I stand corrected
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  7.    27 Mar 2015 #7

    Anything you do to access MS network (onedrive, Outlook, the store ) will require a MS account whether you login using a local account or that MS account. The difference is if you login using the MS account it remains the default login and you won't be prompted when trying to access those networks. MS is planning on setting up music and photo apps that organize you photos and music into categories that can be used on all your devices (example Playlists)
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  8. Joined : Sep 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro
       27 Mar 2015 #8

    If you want to use a Microsoft Account, you have to sign in at least once so that the credentials are "cached". You may have to connect to the internet periodically to refresh the credentials, but I don't know if that's a requirement. Otherwise, it will work offline.

    You need a Microsoft account to make purchases in the store. This includes Free apps (which are considered a purchase even though you don't pay for it). There are some exceptions, as some apps from MS can be accessed via the store without a MS account.
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