windows accounts, login credentials and skype

  1. Posts : 40
    win 10 pro

    windows accounts, login credentials and skype

    I'm lost with win 10 accounts, how many are there? anybody understand this madness?
    here's what I'm experiencing if this makes sense and anybody cares to follow
    1.have win 10 pro laptop that was auto update from win 7 pro, was a local acct admin of course things were just fine, create accounts for IIS testing, etc
    2. after update suddenly the login changed and my admin account somehow changed and now had to login with my 'microsoft' account, call it I got that when my company had me use an office 365 account and had to create a ms 'account'
    3. got a new laptop win 10 pro. this lets me have a local account login, whats the difference here? can I change my old laptop t to have my local admin account login back?
    4, not sure if I have a separate ms account plus an office 365 account at this point?
    4.created a skype account with a username, and funded it
    5. forgot skype password, so going through skype password reset dialogue it somehow changed to my ms account?
    at the end of the reset it tells me I have successfully changed my account and not successfully changed my skype account password????
    6. sure enuf going to login to skype with newly reset password, its not accepting it, telling me there is a problem with my ms account???? WTF???
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  2. Posts : 30,276
    Windows 11 Pro x64 Version 23H2

    Well I'm game to try.

    1) stating facts, no answer required.

    2) Microsoft is moving people to have a Microsoft account, pro's and con's which the web will debate. When you did the upgrade there were likely options to select keep local but not obvious. One trick is to update offline. Then Microsoft also prompts you to switch to MS when you use Store. Again, people miss the subtle hints and bang they are switched.

    3) Yes you can go back to Local account. Settings => Accounts, "Sign in with local account instead". I would first create a Local admin and test it. Sign in, do something an admin can do. You should always have two admin accounts on device in case your sign in gets corrupted. With Microsoft account you can fix on web.

    4) Your ms account and 365 account should be same if you used same info to sign in. (Below I will show you how to sign into account and you should see info.)

    4) Created Skype account, info.

    5) Microsoft wants to combine all services under one account. Like Apple or Google. One account, one password, all services. They want to combine your Skype account and its contacts into one place. While on the surface sounds reasonable, I don't like it. I want to keep separation of contacts for my own reasons. When you start Skype it starts it as your MS account, usually. Now you created separate account. Again I think there is option to choose different sign in account but again, it is not obvious.

    Now if you want to get to Skype (MS account) here is how to do it. In your browser type Microsoft Account

    Click sign in with microsoft account. It will likely sign in with no passworrd. Check which account you are in, on left. If not your Skype account,, click on user icon, upper right and then click Sign in with another account. Enter Skype MS account and go through password reset.

    When you come back to Skype I can't remember panels, just watch you are on Skype MS account.
    Last edited by Caledon Ken; 18 Jan 2017 at 14:01.
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  3. Posts : 40
    win 10 pro
    Thread Starter

    thanks very much for the comprehensive and thoughtful reply, Hopefully this a start to fixing and getting my hands around this confusing implementation of accounts, logins, and password recovery
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