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    How to Switch to a Microsoft Account from a Local Account in Windows 10
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    How to Switch to a Microsoft Account from a Local Account in Windows 10

    information   Information
    You can sign in to Windows 10 with a local account or a Microsoft account (MSA). However, you can easily switch between using a local account or a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you how to switch to sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account instead of a local account.

    Note   Note
    Microsoft account vs Local account


     Local account

    A local account is a user name and password that you use to sign in to only a single Windows PC. This is the same type of user account that was used in Vista and Windows 7.

    See also: Local Accounts (Windows 10)
    • You have to create a user name and account for each PC you use.
    • While not recommended, you can remove the password if you like
    • You'll need a Microsoft account to download apps from the Store, but you can set it up later.
    • Your settings won't be synced across the PCs that you use.


     Microsoft account

    A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you can use to sign in to Microsoft services and all Windows 8/10 PCs and devices.

    See also: Microsoft Accounts (Windows 10)

    Some benefits:
    • Free.
    • Password cannot be removed since it is required, but you can change the password.
    • Access, save, share, and sync all of your documents, music, photos, and videos from OneDrive (aka: the cloud) on all PCs and devices that you sign in with the same Microsoft account.
    • Download, install, and restore apps from the Windows Store.
    • Get your online content in Microsoft apps automatically.
    • Sync your personal settings across all PCs and devices that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.
    • Two-step verification to verify your identity whenever you sign in to your Microsoft account.
    • You can set limits for how and when your child uses their Microsoft account. Monitoring their activity so you teach them online safety skills.
    • Jot down a note in OneNote. Next time you sign in to a device (doesn’t even have to be the same one) you'll be right back to where you left off, no matter where you were, or the device used last time.
    • Your Microsoft account keeps track of your Xbox Music Pass collection and playlists, syncing across your tablet, PC, phone, and your Xbox console.
    • Use your Windows Phone as a controller for your Xbox console when you're signed in with the same Microsoft account.
    • Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14371, you can link your Microsoft account to the Windows 10 digital license (formerly called digital entitlement) on your device. This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a hardware change later, such as replacing the motherboard.


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    Here's How:

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    2. In Your account, click/tap on the Sign in with a Microsoft account instead link on the right side at the top. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Type in the current password of your local account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Do step 5 or step 6 below depending on if you want to switch to your existing Microsoft account, or create a new Microsoft account to switch to.


     5. To Switch to an Existing Microsoft Account

    A) Type in the email address and password of your Microsoft account, click/tap on Next, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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     6. To Create a New Microsoft Account to Switch to

    A) Click/tap on the Create a new account link. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Select to use your favorite email or get a new email address, enter the required information, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

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    C) Enter the required security info, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Enter the characters to verify that you are a real person, check or uncheck the communication preferences you want, click/tap on Next, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select how you would like to get your security code for verification, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

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

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    9. Click/tap on Switch. (see screenshot below)

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    10. You have now been switched to sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    21 Aug 2015 #1

    Hello,

    What can we do when it is not possible to signin with microsoft account on windows 10 ?

    Thank you for your help.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,883
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       21 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello buythiscomputer,

    Continued from: Microsoft Accounts - Allow or Block in Windows 8

    What happens when you try?

    Please post some screenshots showing what you see.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...en-forums.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    21 Aug 2015 #3

    Hello, there is really nothing to show, no error message, nothing, i just click on

    SIGN IN WITH MICROSOFT ACCOUNT INSTEAD

    and nothing moves.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,883
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       21 Aug 2015 #4

    If nothing happens after letting it sit for a few minutes after clicking on the SIGN IN WITH MICROSOFT ACCOUNT INSTEAD link, then you could add a new account as a Microsoft account to use instead.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    21 Aug 2015 #5

    Tried it, and nothing moves also, no option related to accounts seems to be active. So weird, on other computers bases on the same install of windows 7 upgraded to windows 10 i do not have any problem.

    Thank you again <3
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  6. Posts : 20,883
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       21 Aug 2015 #6

    It is odd, but I find that upgrades usually have some sort of strange issue.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    24 Aug 2015 #7

    Switching from Local to Microsoft Account


    I am logged in with a local account but I do have a Microsoft account. When clicking on the "Log-in with Microsoft account instead" it goes straight to a window asking for the log-in details i.e. email address and password. I fill the details in and click Log-In (the only option) and nothing else happens.
    The "confirm local account password" screen, and switch screen never appear and of course the account is not switched.
    I am confused.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 20,883
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       24 Aug 2015 #8

    Hello Keith,

    While in Settings, does your account show an email address at the top like in the screenshot under step 10?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    24 Aug 2015 #9

    Switch accountsin w 10


    My solution was to restore system using advanced start up options. Just restore to an earlier point. You will loose some programs, but It's worth it.

    System Restore Windows 10
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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