Microsoft Account Sign in or Local Account Sign in?

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  1. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
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    Caledon Ken said:
    When I say I use both I should have been clearer. On a single machine I either use an MS or I use local accounts.

    Early on I had some issue with MS combining things that I had not asked to be combined so on my main machines I use local accounts, with a secondary Admin just in case.

    When I say combined, it was address books. Skype contacts or my MS contacts with my other contacts. Now this was years ago, with Win 8. This has very well been rectified, I haven't tried. I use MS accounts on my laptops.

    Agree that normally people should use standard accounts or at least that is how I was always trained. Just one more level for the bad guys to get through. If you know your admin id then when you do something that requires you can just enter it. I would still have a second admin id as backup.

    Not sure that this isn't still a good approach on Windows 10 and of course it also depends on the user. Lots of people are clickers or are very curious. They click on and open anything sent to them. Standard user would help them.

    Today when systems are built levels of access are crucial to the design. Today's standards say you only give enough authority for a person to do their job. Prevents accidents and goes a long way in in data privacy.
    Cheers for that Ken. Its always good to get a bit of an insight into how others set up there PC's. This site is full of knowledgeable, helpful people. That's why Tenforums is always the first place I look if theres anything I need to know or even some feedback like this thread. I have a decision to make then...stick with the Microsoft Account sign in method to my laptop or go back to the old way of Local Account sign in. It would be a no brainer for me if I had a couple of Windows devices to sync but because I have just a laptop it confuses the issue. I do like the way the Microsoft Account links your hardware ID to the Microsoft Account though and syncing does still come in handy for syncing favourites and putting them back automatically after a clean install. I do still manually back them up to flash drive as well though. Local Account sign in has several things in its favour too. Personal choice...because theres nothing wrong with either method
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  2. Posts : 30,279
    Windows 11 Pro x64 Version 23H2

    Yes personal choice.
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