Windows 10: Should my admin be local or microsoft user

  1.    03 Jan 2017 #1

    Should my admin be local or microsoft user


    Hi,

    I have successfully added both a user and admin to my new win10 system, both with a microsoft account.

    Is there any disadvantage in having the admin as local only? Can I work with "Local Admin" for admin , with the standard user as a microsoft account? or can I mix local/microsoft accounts as I like?

    regards
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    03 Jan 2017 #2

    The base user accounts on the computer are the same for a local user and a Microsoft account. The difference between the two is the way the user account is logged into. You can have any mix of local accounts and Microsoft accounts and you can convert each user account on the computer between the two as you like.

    The only real difference is that to use Microsoft services that require a login, you have to provide a Microsoft account login to use that service and if your user account on the computer is also using a Microsoft login then the login to the Microsoft service is automatic. Windows Store is an example, as is syncing user settings between computers. Also, with the newest version of Windows 10, if the OS is activated with a digital license, the digital license will get associated with the Microsoft accounts if a Microsoft account login is used, and that digital license is more easily transferred to a replacement computer through the Microsoft account if needed.

    When I create a new user account, I always create it as a local account first. This is because the folder under C:\Users will get the username that I specify. Then, if I want to, I convert the local account to a Microsoft account login - but the base user account name stays the same, so does the folder under C:\Users.

    I start with a local user account login named John. I get C:\Users\John. Then I change it to my Microsoft login and my folder still stays C:\Users\John. If I started with the Microsoft login and did not create the local account first, Windows 10 would make my folder C:\Users\Johnm (or something whacky like that).
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       04 Jan 2017 #3

    temujin said: View Post
    Hi,

    I have successfully added both a user and admin to my new win10 system, both with a microsoft account.

    Is there any disadvantage in having the admin as local only? Can I work with "Local Admin" for admin , with the standard user as a microsoft account? or can I mix local/microsoft accounts as I like?

    regards
    I always create a second reserve admin account in case there are ever problems with the main one. Good tip from LCDR to create a local admin account first to set the folder user name. You could have one admin account of each type if you wish.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    04 Jan 2017 #4

    Thanks for the advices

    regards
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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