Windows 10: Microsoft account = broken RDP and file sharing!


  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Aug 2015 #1

    Microsoft account = broken RDP and file sharing!


    Hey everyone. First let me blow some steam by stating that Microsoft Account is a convoluted feature that is very poorly thought out and integrated. /end rant

    That being said, here is my situation. I fresh installed Windows 10 on my laptop and desktop. On both computers I created a user for myself with the same name. However on the desktop I associated the name with Microsoft account, since the Desktop is always connected to the internet, but on the Laptop I left it as local account.

    Set up file sharing and RDP on both. When trying to connect to the Laptop from the Desktop, it asks me for credentials, I type in the Username and password, and it tells me credentials did not work! Double checked everything ten times over, still nothing, credentials do not work.

    So then I tried vice versa - connecting to the Desktop from the Laptop. Worked no problem. Not only that, but it actually let me log in by typing in either the Username or the email address for the Microsoft account.

    So then I tried connecting to the Laptop from a Macbook - and sure enough, worked right away. Both RDP and SMB connections are working as intended.

    So basically I only can't connect to the Laptop from my Desktop. I believe what happens is this - Windows is probably sending Microsoft account credentials instead of username in the background, since the username is the same on both Machines, but because on the laptop the user is not associated with Microsoft account, credentials fail.
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  2. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       02 Aug 2015 #2

    Did some googling, and apparently the problem has existed since Windows 8. There are a few solutions to this, some are less convoluted than other, and it's very pathetic that MS hasn't addressed it with Windows 10.

    On a more positive note, wanted to give heads up to those of you who are not aware of this - when setting up a Microsoft email account to use with Windows 10, you don't actually have to use microsoft email address. You can use your current email address with whomever (gmail, yahoo, aol, or even your own hosting) and you will get a microsoft account that uses the email address you've provided to log in, and it will give you access to one drive, cortana, etc.
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