Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10

    Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10

    How to Sign in to Store with Different Microsoft Account in Windows 10
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    How to Sign in to Store with Different Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Windows Store offers various apps that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install to their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

    To be able to install apps from the Store, you must be signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account. When signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account, you will be able to install any apps already owned by that Microsoft account.

    If you sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, then you will be signed in to the Store with the same Microsoft account by default. If you like, you could sign in to the Store with a different Microsoft account and still remain signed in to Windows 10 with your current Microsoft account.

    If you sign in to Windows 10 with a local account, then you are not signed in to the Store by default. You could sign in to the Store with a Microsoft account and still remain signed in to Windows 10 with your local account.

    This tutorial will show you how to sign in with a different account and sign out of the Store while signed in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account or local account.

    Note   Note
    If you have the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition installed, you will no longer need to be signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account to install an app from the Store.

    There are some restrictions though:
    1. The Windows 10 Home edition still requires signing in to the Store with a Microsoft account before any apps or games can be downloaded.
    2. Only free apps or games can be installed without a Microsoft account. This is likely done to avoid situations where pay for apps or games would not be available to reinstall (if needed) without having to pay for them again.
    3. You will need to download all apps again whenever you reinstall Windows 10.
    4. Some apps may still require a Microsoft account to work properly or at all.


    CONTENTS:





    Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10
    Sign out of Store
    Note   Note
    This option will let you completely sign out of the Store, and still let you be signed in to Windows 10 with your current Microsoft account or Local account.


    1. Open the Store app. (see screenshot below)

    2. Click/tap on the user icon, and click/tap on Microsoft account that you are currently signed in to the Store with. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Microsoft account again. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the Sign out link. (see screenshot below)

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    Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Store - Sign in with Different Account in Windows 10
    Sign in to Store with an Account

    1. Open the Store app. (see screenshot below)

    2. If you are already signed in to the Store with an account and wanted to sign in with a different account, then you will need to sign out of the Store.

    3. Click/tap on the user icon, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Do step 5, step 6, or step 7 below for what account your would like to sign in to the Store with.


     5. Sign in to Store with Existing Microsoft Account

    Note   Note
    This will let you sign in to the Store with a Microsoft account that you have already signed in to the Store with, and still let you be signed in to Windows 10 with your current Microsoft account or local account.


    A) Click/tap on a listed account. (see screenshot below)

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     6. Sign in to Store with New Microsoft Account

    Note   Note
    This will let you sign in to the Store with a Microsoft account that you haven't already signed in to the Store with, and still let you be signed in to Windows 10 with your current Microsoft account or local account.


    A) Click/tap on Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Type in the email address and password of your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    C) If prompted, select how you would like to get your security code for verification, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Enter the code you received, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    E) Click/tap on the Sign in to just this app instead link to only sign in to the Store with this Microsoft account, and not switch your Windows 10 local account to this Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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     7. Sign in to Store with Work or School Account

    Note   Note
    This will let you sign in to the Store with a work or school account that you haven't already signed in to the Store with, and still let you be signed in to Windows 10 with your current Microsoft account or local account.


    A) Click/tap on Work or school account. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Type in the email address and password of your work or school account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Nov 2015
    Pretoria South Africa
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       2016-05-20 #1

    Hi Shawn, I see the screen:

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    Now looks like this:

    Oops, once you have gone thru the process, the screens change and I can't show you what I saw ...
    Some of the other screens are also slightly different to the tutorial pictures.

    Geoff
    Last edited by Geoff Daniell; 2016-05-20 at 09:42. Reason: Can't get the original picture back ..
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  2. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,434
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       2016-09-12 #2

    Hi all,

    I was following this tutorial and it seems the menus have been simplified in AU version and if you are on a local account, you no longer need to select the link to sign in to MS account later.

    In fact, in my tests, it simply logins in to Store and no longer defaults to changing your local account to an MS account unless you click the link . In fact, it looks like it no longer even allows that as an option i.e, the only action is to login to Store using MS account but your actual login is unaffected.

    If I am right, this is a big improvement as this has caught many a person out.

    Could somebody check it out and confirm I am correct - if so, it might be worth updating tutorial?
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,454
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-12 #3

    Hello @cereberus,

    It looks like Microsoft has change what the link says at step 6E. It now says Sign in to just this app instead.

    I have updated the tutorial. Thank you.
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  4. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,434
    Windows10
       2016-09-12 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello @cereberus,

    It looks like Microsoft has change what the link says at step 6E. It now says Sign in to just this app instead.

    I have updated the tutorial. Thank you.
    Great - this is definitely a good change - it proves MS do listen to feedback.

    Edit: I am puzzled now as your screens are different to mine!

    I will post image when I get on my pc.

    Edit 2: This is interesting. You get the new link first time you set Store to login to a new account (ie one not shown initially) but if you create a new one, sign out, then select same (now existing) MS account, you do not get the link!

    Great consistency eh - LOL!
    Last edited by cereberus; 2016-09-12 at 18:16.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,454
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-12 #5

    Oh yeah.
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