Windows 8: Use Local Account Instead of Microsoft Live Account to Login

   Posted April 7, 2012 by Lê Hoàng in Windows 8

In Windows 8 users are asked to use a Microsoft Live account to log into the system. This allows syncing and sharing personal data across multiple devices very easily. However, this can be very dangerous if someone gains unauthorized access to your Live account. To avoid this situation, many users may want to use a local account instead.

One of the wonderful new features about Windows 8 is the ability to sync and share easily. Microsoft does this by relating everything to your Microsoft Live account. Along with the data that is shared will be personal information. Weighing the risk and benefits of syncing in this fashion can be a difficult task.

If you do not wish to use a Live account to sync and share across multiple computers, you can use this technique to login using a local account instead.

1. Move your mouse to the bottom right of the screen then move it up to access the Charms bar. Click Settings.

2. Click More PC settings.

3. In the PC settings screen, choose Users.

4. On the right-side screen, click the Switch to a local account button.

5. To process creating a local account, you must provide the password of the current Windows account. When you are done, click Next.

6. Now, Windows will let you create a new local account. Required information are: User name and Password (type it in both password field)

7. When the local account is created, you will see a screen like below. Just click Sign out and finish.

8. You can then log in to your local account. If you come back to the Users settings page, you will notice that your local account is the current active one.


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  • Raj

    If you use a local account, will you be able to use the apps that got purchased with Live account? , for example if I want to allow my kids(from their local accounts) to use games that I purchased(from Live account), will be it be possible?

  • cryoknight

    Will this be the same account, converted to a local account?
    I need to keep the same user directory (ie, users\MyName) due to NTFS file restrictions, but I also need to dissociate the current MS account ID from that user account. MS’s help staff does not have an answer for this so far.
    WIth a prior version of windows, after upgrading and trying to create a new user account, I ended up having to format/reinstall due to having a different account directory. Had all sorts of funny issues like not being able to run, install or delete Visual Studio, amongst other things, which turned out to be due to NTFS tying certain files to my user account.

  • Neopets

    Great article.

  • Tony from ny

    I have the reverse problem. I need to separate my son’s Xbox live acct from my windows 8 phone acct.

  • Josie

    Good post. I will be dealing with some of these issues as well..