Windows 10: Microsoft Account

  1.    20 Feb 2018 #1

    Microsoft Account


    Is there a way to create a Microsoft Account and associating a PC with it, without having to log on to that PC using the Microsoft Login?

    There aren't that many benefits to a Microsoft Account to want me to have the hassle of having to login every morning when I switch the PC on.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       20 Feb 2018 #3

    davefaz said: View Post
    Is there a way to create a Microsoft Account and associating a PC with it, without having to log on to that PC using the Microsoft Login?
    Probably not, see this tutorial...

    Warning!
    Linking your Microsoft account to the digital license will switch your local account to a Microsoft account on your Windows 10 PC.
    Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License

    I'm not sure if you can then switch back to a local account and keep the linked licence, maybe @Brink knows...

    Switch to Local Account in Windows 10
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       20 Feb 2018 #4

    Bree said: View Post
    Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License

    I'm not sure if you can then switch back to a local account and keep the linked licence, maybe @Brink knows...

    Switch to Local Account in Windows 10

    The license for the PC will still remain linked to the Microsoft account even after you switch back to a local account.

    It just won't show as linked on the PC without using the Microsoft account anymore.

    Think of the linked Microsoft account as your ID card automatically providing the info Windows activation needs. You have to manually enter the product key to activate when using a local account unless already activated or the key is embedded in an OEM PC's UEFI firmware chip.
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