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  1.    07 Apr 2017 #11
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 575
    Win10 & Win7

    Quote Originally Posted by CADesertRat View Post
    I'm glad it's working.
    You can accomplish the same thing by using a local password which is the same for all of your PCs, along with the same user name. I've been doing that, without a Workgroup, since that days of XP and have never had a problem seeing files, or printers and across mixed OS versions. You will have to decide to allow or not allow sharing on a folder by folder basis (this is inherited so its not that big a deal).
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  2.    07 Apr 2017 #12
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 152
    Window 8.1
    Thread Starter

    I am slightly confused by it all but I *think* once you've allowed microsoft's online account to control your PC you are slightly screwed and can't revert.

    Part of the problem I had was that because I hadn't put any password in, Windows was booting straight in with zero security even though I had asked for it(!). And weirdly I wasn't given the opportunity to set one up at the time when one logs in...
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  3.    07 Apr 2017 #13
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,808
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

    You can create another account that does not have anything to do with your Microsoft account at anytime, and use this to run the PC as administrator

    Just start to add another user, click on the I do not have user login details, then select create an account without Microsoft account and follow the prompts - You will have to log into any Modern Apps you use individually but otherwise will work as you would expect.

    It's best to keep the Microsoft account active and having your account linked to your system allows more leeway for licensing if you change major hardware

    Add User Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

    Quote Originally Posted by SoFine409 View Post
    You can accomplish the same thing by using a local password which is the same for all of your PCs, along with the same user name. I've been doing that, without a Workgroup, since that days of XP and have never had a problem seeing files, or printers and across mixed OS versions. You will have to decide to allow or not allow sharing on a folder by folder basis (this is inherited so its not that big a deal).
    In this case you are using the default Workgroup, called "Workgroup" although you are using it in a rather limited way
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