Change your Microsoft Account to Local Account in Windows 10

While installing Windows 10 or setting up your computer for the first time, Windows may have persuaded you to log in using a Microsoft Account. Microsoft Account is generally the one you’ve been using to login to your email on Outlook, Hotmail or Live. There was an option to sign in using a local account too, but it usually goes unnoticed. So, now if for some reasons you want to switch to a Local Account from a Microsoft Account, this tutorial will guide you. You can create a separate local account or you can convert your existing account to the local account.

What Is The Difference

The main benefits of using a Microsoft Account over a Local Account are your settings are saved, apps from the Windows Store, OneDrive sync and contacts copied.

A Microsoft Account enables all the cloud services and lets you sync your settings across devices. Also, it lets you access the Windows Store and download/install applications to your computer. You can access some of the other services by only using the Microsoft Account. But a local account is a simple offline account with no synchronization capabilities. You need to separately login to Windows Store to download an application and most of the cloud services are disabled.

It is good to have your settings and files synced over devices but for some reasons, you may not want to do that. Maybe you have a common computer at home and you don’t want to login using your personal Microsoft Account. Or you just simply want to have a local account instead. Follow the steps to convert your existing Microsoft Account to a local account.

To change from a Microsoft Account to Local Account, please follow these steps:

  • Select Start > Settings > Accounts

  • Select Sign in with a local account instead

  • Enter your current Microsoft Account password to authenticate, then select Next

  • Now you just need to log out and log in with new credentials or restart your computer.

None of your files or programs will be affected. The account will remain as it is, only the login procedure changes. You can easily access the files through the library folders as they were before switching your account. Any data associated with the Windows Store applications also remains as it is. But you need to log in again with your original account so that the apps can access that data.

So, this was how you can change your Microsoft Account to a local one. The local account does not synchronize your data and settings. And to download Windows Store apps, you need to log in again. To regain your access to the services, you can log in again with your Microsoft Account.

As I mentioned earlier, the local account does not synchronize your data and settings. And to download Windows Store apps, you need to log in again. To regain your access to the services, you can log in again with your Microsoft Account.

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