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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Aug 2017 #30

    You should be able to select the MSA in netplwiz, then enter its password when requested to set it up.
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  2.    11 Aug 2017 #31

    Roger that. Tried it several times. Password still demanded.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Aug 2017 #32

    Just to verify, this is at startup and not after signing out or locking the computer?
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  4.    11 Aug 2017 #33

    Correct, sir. On cold start and on restart.

    Murph
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Aug 2017 #34

    Hmm, ok.

    Just to note, this will only work for your friend to sign in at startup on the local PC. It won't work for remote sign-in.

    In addition, double check to make sure that the correct MSA has been selected in netplwiz, and the correct "password" (not PIN) for the MSA was entered.
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  6.    12 Aug 2017 #35

    Understand re remote sign-in. That's not an issue.

    Re the correct MSA: There is only one...so having picked the wrong one seems a bit unlikely.

    I'll keep researching. Thx for you responses, Brink.

    Murph
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       12 Aug 2017 #36

    Please let us know how it went Murph.
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  8.    3 Weeks Ago #37

    A year late to the party but I'm going to ask anyway. I'm on a local account that I set my Windows 10 install with. If I switch to a MSA, does the username stay the same in C:\Users as it was in the local account or does it change to the username to the MSA username or is the MSA username folder added along side the local account username? In my case my current username is MikeO in my local account. I'm perfectly happy with the local account but I'm planning on changing motherboard and cpu and figure I'm going to have problems reactivating the OS afterwards. So from reading I guess I have to link the Digital License with a MSA before I upgrade so the License can be re-applied?
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  9.    3 Weeks Ago #38

    Mike89 said: View Post
    A year late to the party but I'm going to ask anyway. I'm on a local account that I set my Windows 10 install with. If I switch to a MSA, does the username stay the same in C:\Users as it was in the local account or does it change to the username to the MSA username or is the MSA username folder added along side the local account username? In my case my current username is MikeO in my local account. I'm perfectly happy with the local account but I'm planning on changing motherboard and cpu and figure I'm going to have problems reactivating the OS afterwards. So from reading I guess I have to link the Digital License with a MSA before I upgrade so the License can be re-applied?
    Your username under C:\Users will stay the same. In fact, when I do a clean install, that is the way that I get the username in C:\Users that I want. I create a local account first to get the username John, then I switch it to a MSA. If I do the MSA first, then I get the username johnmh (or something ugly like that).

    It is a very good idea to link the digital license for Windows 10 to a MSA. If you don't want to "compromise" your local account, you can also just add a second user as a MSA, even if only temporary for the purpose of transferring the digital license. I would also make sure to convert the second account to an administrator if you create it.

    After the motherboard is changed and Windows 10 is activated, you can delete the second user account you created.
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  10.    3 Weeks Ago #39

    Thanks. So that means after I link the Digital License to a MSA, I then have to be logged in with the MSA when I boot back up with new motherboard and cpu installed? If I want to switch back to my "MikeO" local account, aren't I going to get a message when I put in MIKEO during the process, that that name is already in use?
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