Is It Possible to have both a MS Account and a Local Account?

  1. Posts : 261
    Win 10 Home Single Language, Ver 1809, Build 17763.379

    Is It Possible to have both a MS Account and a Local Account?


    As someone else has stated, things seem to go horribly wrong when WIN 10 updates happen.
    The last update triggered (13-01-2016) the loss of access to the start menu, many apps, as well the apps store and MS Edge.
    The exact same thing happened with the first version of Win 10 Pro received as an upgrade from WIN 7.

    This time, as soon as build 1511 was received, I immediately created a ISO USB stick and then proceeded to use the machine as normal.
    At some stage, I created a Local Account with Administrator rights as I am the only user of the PC.

    After the January upgrade, I can no longer switch back to the MS Account as the screen where one is supposed to be able to do this under [settings/accounts/Your email and accounts] does not load anymore, thus removing the option to switch back to a MS account. The screen is just blank.

    I ended up activating the in-built Administrator account so that I could try and see what was going on.

    I now notice under C:users the following user folders:

    (1) Administrator
    (2) Default
    (3) Default.migrated
    (4) DefaultAppPool
    (5) My Name ---- I presume this is the user profile for my MS account?
    (6) My Name (Local ----- This is the created local Account

    yet the "name of the account" when I log in has been truncated to My name L

    Is this why the settings page for accounts cannot find the profile information which will allow me to switch back to my MS account?

    I feel I have to unravel this mess before going any further in trying to establish why the start menu and all the apps have now "dissapeared"

    Of course I can just redo the clean install but I feel I should first sort out the user profiles before going any further.
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  2. Posts : 17,355
    Windows 11 Pro

    It is certainly possible to have a local account and a user attached to a MS account on the same computer.

    You can try Win key + R to open run dialog. Then type netplwiz

    See if that gives you any extra info regarding the accounts created on the computer.
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  3. Posts : 261
    Win 10 Home Single Language, Ver 1809, Build 17763.379
    Thread Starter

    Thank you for the confirmation. Will proceed accordingly and see what I find using netplwiz
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