Windows 10: Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them Solved

  1.    13 Feb 2017 #1

    Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them


    On my portable I have a local acct (administrator) and a MS acct (not administrator) users. I am the only user of this computer, a personal computer.

    I use the local acct 98% of the time. Is there a method to have the 2 accts synced(mirrored) so that MS acct has everything excactly the same as on the local acct?

    I suppose really that I should just merge the two accts to one MS acct as an adminstrator account (remove the local acct but need to retain the setup that is on the local acct) but have no idea how to do that.
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    Windows 10 Pro
       14 Feb 2017 #2

    If the local account is the one where you have most of your personal data, this is how I would do it:

    • Sign in to your Microsoft account
    • Copy all documents, pictures and other personal data from Microsoft account's user folders to corresponding folders in user Public (contents of MS account Documents folder to Public Documents folder and so on)
    • Sign out from Microsoft account

    Notice that above steps are only required if Microsoft account user folders contain data you want to keep. If its user folders are empty or do not contain anything worth saving, you can skip the above steps. Continue from below.

    • Sign in to the local account
    • Delete the Microsoft account (Option One in this tutorial)
    • Switch your local account to a Microsoft account (tutorial)
    • Copy the data backed up from old Microsoft account to Public folders to new Microsoft account in corresponding folders


    That's it. Using the Public folders as temporary storage you will have none whatsoever file owner / permission issues later on.

    Kari
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  3.    14 Feb 2017 #3

    Kari said: View Post
    If the local account is the one where you have most of your personal data, this is how I would do it:

    • Sign in to your Microsoft account
    • Copy all documents, pictures and other personal data from Microsoft account's user folders to corresponding folders in user Public (contents of MS account Documents folder to Public Documents folder and so on)
    • Sign out from Microsoft account

    Notice that above steps are only required if Microsoft account user folders contain data you want to keep. If its user folders are empty or do not contain anything worth saving, you can skip the above steps. Continue from below.

    • Sign in to the local account
    • Delete the Microsoft account (Option One in this tutorial)
    • Switch your local account to a Microsoft account (tutorial)
    • Copy the data backed up from old Microsoft account to Public folders to new Microsoft account in corresponding folders


    That's it. Using the Public folders as temporary storage you will have none whatsoever file owner / permission issues later on.

    Kari
    Thank you. I will give it a try later today and post my results.

    Got to it sooner than I thought.
    Your method worked perfectly.

    Thank you
    Last edited by chideock; 14 Feb 2017 at 14:43.
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