Windows 10: User accounts and Microsoft accounts Solved

  1.    23 Sep 2015 #1

    User accounts and Microsoft accounts

    Our genealogy club has a room with a few PCs that members may use to access online databases the club pays for. With Windows 7, members use a flash drive for data transfer between their home PC and a club PC.

    If a member had a Microsoft account and could log in to a club PC with that account, OneDrive could be used instead of the (old-fashioned, clunky) flash drive.

    But from what I can tell, the Windows 10 club PC would have to have an account already set up, that was connected to the Microsoft account. We'd have to define an account on each PC for each member who wanted to use OneDrive. That doesn't sound like a good idea after all.

    Is there any way to use different Microsoft accounts from the same PC user account?
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  2.    23 Sep 2015 #2

    tarascon said: View Post
    Is there any way to use different Microsoft accounts from the same PC user account?
    Yep. Settings, then Accounts, then click on Sign in with a local account instead. That will remove the existing MS login and convert the account to use a local login. Then new person logs in on the local PC account, then goes to Settings, then Accounts, then clicks on something like Sign in a with a Microsoft account instead and converts the local account back to Microsoft login. Then before they sign out, they go back and convert it back to a local account.

    You only asked if there was a way - not a practical way.

    They can always just use the OneDrive website from Firefox or Edge or Internet Explorer to log into their personal OneDrive cloud. Personally, if it were me, I would rather just use a flash drive.
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       23 Sep 2015 #3

    Yah that would work, but then you will have to set up the Onedrive account too. It would take about 30 minutes for the account to populate into the PC, it took mine almost an hour, but mine is filled. I actually was moving a bunch of images from my Dropbox into the OneDrive, which had 40 more GBs. The files copied fast to OneDrive, but It took several days for the changes to reflect on the OneDrive and DropBox sites.
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  4.    24 Sep 2015 #4


    It's not sounding like the tie-in with Microsoft accounts is a good reason to upgrade to Windows 10, for our club computers. I'll keep looking.
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