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    Switch to Microsoft Account in Windows 10

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

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    12 Apr 2015 Last Updated: 2 Weeks Ago at 12:05

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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.

    warning   Warning
    The built-in "Administrator" account cannot be switched to a Microsoft 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.



    Here's How:

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

    2. If you chose to Sign in to all Microsoft apps with a Microsoft account for your local account, then you will need to click/tap on the Stop signing in to all Microsoft apps automatically link. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Sign in to all Microsoft apps
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    3. Click/tap on the Sign in with a Microsoft account instead link on the right side under your profile picture. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Type in the email address of the Microsoft account (MSA) you want to switch to, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you do not have a MSA and need to create a new MSA instead, then click/tap on the Create one link to do so.


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    5. Type in the password of the Microsoft account (MSA) you want to switch to, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If you have two-step verification turned on for your Microsoft account, you will need to select how you would like to get a security code, enter the required information, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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

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    7. Enter the password of your local account you are switching from, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

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    8. If you do not have a PIN for your MSA, then you can click/tap on Next to add one OR click/tap on the Skip this step link to not add one. (see screenshots below)

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    9. If you have Windows Hello setup with a PIN or Face for your MSA, then click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    A) Select to use your Face or PIN to verify your identity for your MSA.

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

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    21 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 22
    windows 10

    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.    21 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,473
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    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
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  3.    21 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 22
    windows 10

    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.    21 Aug 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,473
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    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
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  5.    21 Aug 2015 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 22
    windows 10

    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.    21 Aug 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,473
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    It is odd, but I find that upgrades usually have some sort of strange issue.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  7.    24 Aug 2015 #7
    Join Date : Nov 2014
    UK
    Posts : 30
    Win 8.1 and Win 10

    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.    24 Aug 2015 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,473
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    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
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Venezuela Caracas
    Posts : 37
    Windows 10 home

    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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