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A password question about microsoft account

Q: A password question about microsoft account

Why is the password limited to 16 characters?
My main password is like 35 characters.
Btw I ask this because i was just wondering

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A: A password question about microsoft account

35 characters it's not a password it's an encryption

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Hello, so I've just found an old laptop I've had hoarded with windows 8 on it. Everything on it is super outdated, and I noticed it had my account on it which was basically my Microsoft account. I tried to sign in, but it says it's incorrect. I know my
password, and I've changed it over the years, but since the laptop is so old, it wants me to put in the last password I used to sign in on it. Problem is that I had so any password changed and I cannot remember what password I used. It will not let me use
my new password, because it says it's incorrect. Any way to fix this?

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I am a 87 year old who had his first computer, a Commodore 64, in the early eighties and have enjoyed computers ever since, currently using WIndows 7.
Having just bought a smart 'phone, I find that I'm unable to buy apps for it unless I remember my Windows Live account password. The problem is that I must have chosen a password many years ago which I have never had to use and have therefore forgotten.
So the problem is resetting a forgotten password.
I spent literally hours yesterday complying and answering the same questions again and again, giving my second Email address, date of birth and location, mother's maiden name and the subject of my latest private Email,only to arrive back at the original log-on window. Microsoft once sent a temp. password for me to enter, which did not work.
The password reset file I made in a flash drive was a .psw file which crashed Word 2007, and didn't work.

It is obvious that many people have had the same problem with Microsoft.

Can anyone help?

A:Microsoft account password

Try this page:
Forgotten password and other sign-in problems - Windows Help

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I forgot the last password I put in my microsoft account.. so I can't sign in to my PC.anyone can help me please

A:forgot password in microsoft account

@beatheresa? Please use the following instructions to reset:    https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/instantanswers/2b74d21c-ce0d-4a81-ad67-7cc5103a5f83/how-to-reset... Regards.

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I created a password for an MS account more than a year ago. Have not needed to use it until today. Installing an app. Can't remember it. Is there anyway to reset or recover a MS PW? How can I fix this, short of a brand new re-install?


A:Microsoft Account password problem

Hello Bill,

You can use step 5 in OPTION TWO of the tutorial below to reset your Microsoft account password online at Microsoft. It'll then sync to your PC while it's online to change the password.

Microsoft Account Password - Change or Reset in Windows 8

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Hey everyone So not long ago I changed my password to a touch screen password (making lines and shapes to access computer) and I have since tried logging back in but it has reset it to my original password, which I now don't remember. I tried calling customer support but apparently I'd have to pay for a service to actually reset my whole computer! Does anyone have any other solution than this? When I try clicking reset password a pop-up appears saying: (This feature requires removable media, such as a USB flash drive)Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Thanks All  I'm running windows 10

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I forgot the last password I put in my microsoft account.. so I can't sign in to my PC.anyone can help me please

A:forgot password in microsoft account

Hi, Double post. Please use:     http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/forgot-password-in-microsoft-acc... Thanks.

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Please Help me. First, sorry for my English. I have a big problem. stage: Windows 10, set to boot in safe mode (alternate shell) without network access. So, I forget my microsoft account password (usually i used my pin), how to get into the alternative shell or how to boot normally. ??

A:forget my microsoft account password

Hello Apalmero, and welcome to Ten Forums.

Luckily, you can use OPTION THREE in the tutorial below on any PC or device connected to the internet to reset your Microsoft account password.

Password of User Account - Reset in Windows 10

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I was stuck in a loop booting to safe mode. My user account is attached to a LIVE logon and a PIN instead of password. I followed a guide on how to reset the password. I did that but was still blocked so I was able to create a new user. Now I am unable to log in with my account because it says RPC failure. I think that's because it's no longer able to connect to Microsoft.

How can I undo this and regain my access to that account?

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I have Windows 7 so had no idea how screwed up this could get. I've googled this for 3 hours and the simplest of answers will never be provided. No one seems to be able to think thoroughly on this.

My 90 yr old dad has a hosed PC. It now has his login screen associated with an email address. He can't remember the password and trying to reset it with live.com also doesn't work.

Here's what we have:

email-address-user (Microsoft account) with admin privileges
locked out

If one resets email-address-user's password via live.com, does THIS AFFECT POP3 access? Meaning, is this password reset only for logging into one's PC or is this reset password synched with the actual email server one uses to download their emails? This WOULD be a very valuable piece of information but no website deems it useful. My reason for asking is I don't want to reset his password and then have it such that he can't read his emails. And I'm not about to try to communicate over the phone what he would need to do to update his client email (or internet access) password.
To get to the desktop, I tried a ton of things but the only thing that worked was net user administrator /active:yes.

What I would like to do is "revert" the email-address-user from a Microsoft account to a local account. I'm 100% game to edit the registry 100 ways to Sunday. I've poked around googling and no one will provide the simple registry layout for a Microsoft account and a user account. It seems if I try ... Read more

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I've always used local accounts with Windows. But recent events have had the need for me to use skydrive which required me to login. In fairness, I don't mind logging in and backing up settings etc, but instead of my profile saying my username, it will say my full name (I fixed this issue). But it also wants my microsoft password every single time. I've changed it to pin code for quickness, but removing it altogether would be good.
Any clues?

FYI, the netplwiz trick only works for local accounts, not microsoft ones.

A:Disable need 4 password on profile with Microsoft Account

Hello Darkstarr,

You can also set Windows to automatically sign in to your Microsoft account at startup if you like. Double check using the tutorial below to see if it may help.

Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

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New Windows 10 Home desktop. I put in Carol when it asked who would use the computer.
After a restart, it showed Carol and Welcome, then I could just click on it and use it. The only user was Carol and no password was needed. That was OK.

I set a system restore point, then I set up Cortana and it asked for my Microsoft Account and Password. I already had a Microsoft account, so I entered my name - Allen Bredt - and password.
Now there are 2 users, Carol and me. After a restart, it wants my name and password.
I can use System Restore to go back, but then what?

I want it to just give me the desktop with no sign on required.
Can you help me.

A:Microsoft Account Required Sign in and Password

Hello Allen,

It sounds like you switched your local account "Carol" to a Microsoft Account "Allen" while setting up Cortana.

If you like, you can keep using your Microsoft account and set Windows to automatically sign in to it at startup.

Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

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I have tried to change my password on Microsoft https://account.live.com but get this message:
You can't complete that task here
To continue, you need to go to your organization's web site.
Any advise?

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Yesterday I got a client's Lenovo Desktop 8.1 with a corrupted Microsoft Account Password only in the computer. The Microsoft Account signon is ok, just the computer has the issue with it.  I have worked on this problem for many hours, and with no success. The computer is a Lenovo Desktop with Windows 8.1 installed with an SSD and an HHD drive. There are no markings on the case to tell me model number. I also realized after awhile that you need to hold down the Shift Key when either powering off or restarting to insure a complete boot up.
1. My client apparently opened an email that messed up his computer. He contacted Microsoft and one of their technicians got into his computer. From that point on apparently the microsoft account signon password got corrupted only inside his computer. I can signon to his Microsoft Account, got microsoft to send me a code so I could reset his password. This worked on his account only. Still cannot logon to his computer - password failed - try again message.
2. I tried F1 - Bios, F12 - Boot Menu and cannot get past the CMOS password. Boot menu lets me past but cannot change anything - trying to change boot order so I can boot to Hirens. F1-Bios gives me a fatal error. I also tried F10 to change Boot from Standard to Legacy - F10 does not work on this Lenovo Desktop.
3. Pulled the Cmos battery for 30 minutes, put it back in and no change to the Bios password, still locked out of modifying anything related to boot order.... Read more

A:Microsoft Account Password in Win 8.1 Corrupted - Need a workaround

I am not sure how Microsoft got past the CMOS password. There should be a jumper allowing you to clear CMOS which would remove any password. With the CMOS battery removed hold down the power button for 30 seconds to remove any residual power.


The computer has SecureBoot enabled so no disk will boot even if you could get to the F12 boot menu.

Is there any sticker on the back of the computer?

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I do not like having to enter the same password of my E-mail to login on Windows 8, how can I turn off this?

A:How to login without entering a password? (Microsoft Account)

Originally Posted by JoaoDamaged

I do not like having to enter the same password of my E-mail to login on Windows 8, how can I turn off this?

I have to enter my damned password several times a day... really annoying.
Have you tried the netplwiz app to bypass needing a signature?
It does not work for me, but may for you...
Go to start.
type netplwiz and click on apps, see one listed, run that, UN check the box which says a password is needed.
That SHOULD do the trick but does not.

I think part of my problem is having 8 win8 systems at home, all with the same username... but you would think Wiindows 8 could allow a user like me to network with my own computers without having to deal with permissions etc... really irritating.


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Basically as the title reads, how can I reset the password when I have two step verification turned on. I got to the website, please can't access my account. Select forgot my password but when I don't have access to the two step verification email I can not fill in the UE form or use any other proofs because TWO STEP verification blocks it. PLease help.

I am really sorry for opening a similar topic in another part of this wonderful forum.

A:How to reset password on a Microsoft Account with two step

Hello Snakebit, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You should be able to use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to reset your Microsoft account online on any computer. This way you area to type in the verification code sent to you via text, email, or phone call.

Microsoft Account Password - Change or Reset in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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When Windows 8.1 is logged in to my Microsoft account, I'll have to use the same password as when I log in to my Outlook account. Unfortunately for me, I use a password manager to help me remind my passwords. The disadvantage of this is that my Microsoft Password is a random string of 16 characters. That is not something you want to type every time you log on to your pc. Is there any way to use a local password when logged in to your Microsoft account?

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password for microsoft account for laptops given by UP government

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My brother has a PC with Windows 10 and two Administrator Users:
#1 User: MS Account (the main one, used by my brother)
#2 User: Local Account (Secondary one, used by myself)

Since the login page is usually bypassed in this PC via netwizpl setup, none of us usually need to insert a password at startup, but after a Windows Update the login page reappeared, and my brother can't access his MS account any more because his password is not recognized.

Useful info

It's no keyboard issue: the keyboard layout is consistent with settings and we also checked the correct password spelling with the "eye" icon
Resetted MS password, but no joy: we have tried to reset the MS account password. The new password grants access to the MS account at https://login.live.com, but it's still useless when trying to login to Windows with the MS account.
All OK with the Local Account: the Local Account still grants login, and since it's an Administrator account it still allows access to the other account data.
Haven't done a Restore (yet): An obvious (but not necessarily effective) solution could be a Windows Restore. I'll probably try to Restore a previous System State if I don't find a better solution, but I'd prefer to understand the cause of this issue.


A:Windows 10 doesn't accept Microsoft Account password change

Have you gone into the MS account from the local account and changed to the new password?

I assume that your local account is of the Admin group, which should give you access to the MS account settings.

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I use several Windows virtual and real machines with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
One of them are running under Parallels Desktop on a Mac and there it said that my Password will expire soon and I have to Change it.
So I changed my Microsoft Account Password on my "main" PC which is a Windows 10 real PC and everywhere I can use the new Microsoft Account Password - but not on the Windows 8.1 under Parallels.
When I try my old Password it doesn't work also....
I have several things running on that machine and I am not able to log in.
What can I do? 

Markus A. Litters

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Windows cannot remove the password. Password and/or account policies require the account to have a password

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Hello forum,

I'm the only person who uses my computer, and I never travel anywhere with it.

Now consider the following two situations:-
1.) Using administrator account with no password, no UAC and automatic login/wakeup.
2.) Using administrator account with a password, no UAC and automatic login*/wakeup.

*Automatic login with a password would be achieved following this guide:
Log On Automatically at Startup

Right now I'm in situation 1. Would I be more secure if I switched to situation 2, or would my 'security level' essentially stay the same? Why?

Thanks guys.



A:Account Password Security Question

It all depends on how you define "security"

so, what do you mean:Security from malware
Security from hackers
Security from people who put their nose everywhere
Security from data thief in case of stolen computer

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When I first setup my PC I used my MS account to login. The account name was an email address from cox.net. However shortly thereafter I changed to a local account. A few months ago I changed the account name to a Gmail address in anticipation of changing my internet provider but I've continued using a local account to login to windows, I've never used the Gmail login name.

Today I wanted to look at the extensions that were available for Edge, so I needed to sign into the Store but the login box was prepopulated with the old account name from cox.net. I assume that I should go to setting, select Email & App Accounts and select the add an account button and add the MS account that uses my Gmail name, correct?

After I do then then how can a delete the old, inactive account with the cox.net user name?

I think my error is confusing the account name which may or may not be an email address with the actual email address used for communication about the account, correct?

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Microsoft Account Sign In Question

Hello SoFine409,

You should be able to add the Gmail address as an alias to your Microsoft account.

Microsoft Account Aliases - Add or Remove

Afterwards, make the Gmail address your primary alias.

Microsoft Account Aliases - Change Primary Alias

You can then remove your Cox address as an alias if you like.

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Just setting up a laptop for my daughter.

1. Can you still log in to a laptop as a user set with a microsoft account even if there is no internet access? She is likely to need access in places where there is not always internet access.

2. I have the administrator account access which was set up as Microsoft so that I could set her as family child account. Am I now better off converting this access to local so that I can still get in if she manages to mess the laptop up?


A:Question on local vs microsoft account

Originally Posted by Camera

1. Can you still log in to a laptop as a user set with a microsoft account even if there is no internet access? She is likely to need access in places where there is not always internet access.

Certainly you can. If you don't have internet access you just need to use the password that was valid when the laptop was last used. For example if your password is Password1 and you shut down the laptop and put it away, then go to another device and change your Microsoft account password to Password2 you'll still need to use Password1 to log into the laptop if there is no internet access as (obviously) the laptop will not have any way to know you changed it.

Originally Posted by Camera

2. I have the administrator account access which was set up as Microsoft so that I could set her as family child account. Am I now better off converting this access to local so that I can still get in if she manages to mess the laptop up?

No need. If you have set-up an administrator account it doesn't matter if it is MS account or not - using one or the other doesn't make it easier or harder to log in.

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alright.. I'm signed into my microsoft account.. do I NEED to be connected to a network, if say, I take my laptop to my aunt's, where she doesnt have internet access?

or is the computer going to immediately complain that it cant reach whatever servers are needed for microsoft account functionality?

A:microsoft account question relating to windows 8

Hello xraiderv1,

You'll still be able to use your Microsoft account, but without an internet connection, your Microsoft account just won't be able to sync. Of course, you will also not be able to do anything that requires an internet connection.

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OK, I have quite a few PC's all upgraded to windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8. I have roughly 11 or 12 that are used at various points. So my question is, Can I link all those systems with genuine windows 10 upgrade digital license to the same Microsoft account? I don't want to have to go about making multiple ms accounts.

Also I'd like to know if you can add more than 1 to the same ms account. When you re activate later due to hardware change. Can I select the license for that machine or will it randomly take one?

A:Linking Windows 10 to my Microsoft Account Question

I use the same Microsoft Account on all my PC's and each one is linked to that one Microsoft account. It happens automatically.
Each PC has its own Digital License, some have multiple Digital Licenses for different versions of Windows 10. Linking a Digital License to an account has no effect on the Digital License. The License is tied to the hardware. I can log in with a local account on a clean install and my PC will still activate with the Digital License. It happens automatically, you don't select anything. If there is a Digital License for that version of Windows on that hardware it activates. If there isn't it won't activate. You just have to be sure to install the correct version, Home or Pro etc, that you got via the free upgrade.

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I have a 5 user license and I'm currently using it on 2 devices. Both have the same Microsoft account login (Windows, Office and OneDrive). No issues.

I want to now use the 3rd and 4th of 5 licenses for my mother's computer and laptop. She has her own Microsoft account for logging on to Windows on her machines (which have no Office).

To confirm:
I will send her the invite email.
From her Microsoft Account, she will download and install Office on both devices
She will get her own 1 TB OneDrive space, and will NOT sync with me but between her 2 devices.
This will use up another 2 licences.

Is this correct or am I missing something?

A:5 Users Office 365 - 'Device' versus 'Microsoft Account' question

Yes to your answers, but I am not 100% sure about the OneDrive access. I'm unaware if she gets her own 1TB.

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Well ok, I've been a naughty boy. My old man put a password on my account (which has administrative access) and so I couldn't access the system. After two months I thought that I would have to break in to the system with anybody's awareness since I missed my precious documents and wanted to surt the Internet a bit (ahh the joys off being a teenager).

So anyway, from an internet cafe I found a method...I clicked F8 while rebooting windows, entered the Administrator account through Safe Mode, changed the password for my account, and logged in. So I'm into the system (so SIMPLE, right in front of me, and I took no action... *smacks forehead*). By the way, sorry if I can't explain reasonably to the computer guys...Im as lame as I can get when it comes to computers.

Now to the chase. To make sure that this wouldn't happen again (not being able to access my computer account) I clicked on the option 'prevent a forgotten password' and created a password reset disk..so NOW, if my Dad decides to enter his "old" password on my account and the computer does not accept it, he will get that message saying 'have you forgotten your password?' and so, and he will also see that a password reset disk has been created. I could of course destroy, burn the disk and eliminate the evidence lol, but the computer (or my account I should say) kinda has "installed" in it the password reset disk for my account.

So my question to you computer merlins, is there a way I can... Read more

A:User Accounts Question (Microsoft Password Reset disk/Wizard)

I dont think that if he enter the wrong password it would tell him a password restore disc has been created, would it? Anyway, would he really think you had the knowledge to make one in the first place? If it does say that a password restore disc has been created, it is unlikely you will be able to remove that message.


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I am Arun Kumar Kushwaha and I have discovered one Big Loophole/Security Leak in Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating System worldwide.
through which we can Access/Delete/Copy/Replace Important Data without Cracking/Resetting the Login Password in Windows 7 OS
and for this we not need any 3rd party Software/ CD/ DVD/ Pen drive/ CMD/ Script/ or any other means of hacking Devices/tool.

only through Windows 7 OS we can Access anybodies Computer Around the world, and user will never get to know that his/her computer has accessed by someone else.
This is purely Microsoft's Negligence towards user's Around the world.

U can assume how much serious is this Issue, if anybody can steal confidential Important data of Company/ Govt data/ or any other Sensitive Personal data of anyone who are using windows 7 OS.

I have Talked through telephone to MS India regarding this Issue and they told me that there is no loophole in their OS and can't be accessed by anyone without having Login Password or User need to Reset login Password with tool/software available.

also i have mailed to MS Technical support Team and also asked about this issue on Windows worldwide official support forum, but not get any meaning full response from them.

I am asking this message to here, coz i want to Spread this issue around the world, so every user can secure their Data and also MS can rectify this issue by releasing an OS Update.

Thanks for reading ..

Your's Truly
Arun Kumar Kushwaha

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Hi everyone and merry Christmas!

I followed the procedure found on the web, I entered "netplwiz" and did uncheck ?Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
There is no password set.
THere is just one user/account which is obviously also the administrator.
(the Account tab shows also HomeGroupUser$, but I guess is a default option...)

the point is that when I switch the pc on, I have to click on the icon of the user account in order to see the desktop. Is there any chance I can login automatically without even clicking on the user icon?
thanks a lot in advance

A:Auto login, one account, no password: avoid to click account icon?

Hello Lorcar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and create a password for your user account, then do the tutorial below again to enter the new password and set your user account to be logged into automatically at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps,

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With Windows 8.1 Update 1, when I switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa, some dialog and confirmation/verification screen are displayed.

It is possbile to save the inserted data in this dialog screens and eliminate confirmation/verification screen in order to automate these procedures?



A:Automatic switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa


I installed Windows 8.1 Update 1 Enterprise 64-bit.

I created a local account and I changed the name displayed in the Start screen.

Then, by this account, I performed the procedure to switch to a Microsoft account.

I noticed that when, by this Microsoft account, I perform the procedure to switch back to the local account, the name displayed on the logon screen, it is to be returned to the original one (ie, the one of the directory of the local user profile). How come?

So, how do I make sure that, at the end of these procedures, the account name back to being what had been changed by me?



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Is it possible to prevent a user from being able to use "Connect to a Microsoft account" from the OneDrive Settings under File Storage?
We are deploying Windows 8.1 Enterprise in a Corporate Environment and do not want to be able to connect Domain Accounts with Microsoft accounts.
I have applied the GPO Setting 
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Options > Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts = Users cant add or log on with Microsoft accounts
However this has not disabled the option to join a Microsoft Account from the OneDrive Settings. It has disabled the option from the Accounts settings however.
Any advise appreciated


A:Prevent connecting Microsoft account to Domain account from OneDrive settings

Hello Lee Bowman,
Based on my test, I use the following steps to block the Microsoft account:
1. Open Group Policy Management Editor
2. Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options> Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts.
3. In the drop-down menu, select Users can?t add or log in with Microsoft accounts
After applying the Group policy , I still can?t use the OneDrive to add Microsoft account.
When I try to add the Microsoft account, I will get the following message.

Best regards,
Fangzhou CHENFangzhou CHEN
TechNet Community Support

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I bought a new laptop and it arrived yesterday. It runs Windows 8.1
I tried to log into my microsoft account, but it kept coming up with the error code 0xd0000072 and said it wasn;t able to switch from my local account to my microsoft account.
After googling it, I tried different options, such as flushing out the proxy even though I don't run on proxy, I disabled McAfee to make sure it wasn't the firewall, I signed into live and removed all trusted devices, I tried downloading the troubleshooter,which
told me my problem was that I didn't have a Microsoft account - super helpful.
Nothing seems to be working.
I then went on to trying to make a new microsoft account, but the error code still came up after all that hassle too.  
I eventually called it a night and decided I could probably just get by without it, however, when I tried to download software to install my printer, it wouldn't let me because I cannot seem to log in to my Microsoft account. 
Can anyone help?

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With Windows 8.1 Update 1, when I switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa, some dialog and confirmation/verification screen are displayed.

It is possbile to save the inserted data in this dialog screens and eliminate confirmation/verification screen in order to automate these procedures?



A:Automatic switch a local account to a Microsoft account or

Hello Balubeto,

Sorry, but no.

If I may ask, why do you need to switch your user account on the PC back and forth between being a local and Microsoft account?

A Microsoft account can do everything that a local account can.

If you really need to have or use both accounts, then you might consider have two user accounts on the PC. One your Microsoft account, and the other a local account. This way you could just switch between signing in to your user accounts instead.

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I am a system administrator in a large enterprise environment and we are doing a rollout of Windows 8.1. In our image capture we somehow captured a setting that is disabling users from setting up a connected account with their domain account. I am relatively sure that it is in my unattend and I can fix it for machines going forward but I really don't want to have to reimage the machines I've already deployed.

When I go to connect an account, the "connect to a Microsoft account" option is grayed out and the "some settings are managed by your administrator" message is displayed at the top. This is NOT a group policy object that is applying. The machines are in a test OU and there is absolutely no policy applied. I have searched all through local policy and even did a search through the registry for "account" (that took forever) but have been unable to find any registry key or local policy that would be causing this issue.

Does anyone have any idea what setting might be causing this?
Any help is greatly appreciated as I have 30+ machines already out in the environment and the user experience is going to be terrible if I have to reimage them all.

A:Unable to connect microsoft account to domain account

This is a copy from a technet forums...I haven't seen this issue myself...but it may point you in the right direction.

There is a policy for this:
It's Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Runtime > Allow Microsoft Accounts to be optional
In 2012, 2012 R2 there is an option in CompConfig\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options that reads "Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts"
If you don't have 2012 or 2012R2 then you can RSAT from a Windows 8 box and change the settings that way

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I'm curious,

How many use a Microsoft Account to log in or use a local account?

If you use a Microsoft Account on your desktop, do you use the same Microsoft Account on your laptop?
I have upgraded my desktop but have not upgraded my laptop yet. Not sure of the pros and cons of using a Microsoft account vs local account and using the same on both a desktop and laptop.


A:Microsoft Account vs Local Account & Desktop vs Laptop

Originally Posted by jbfoster

If you use a Microsoft Account on your desktop, do you use the same Microsoft Account on your laptop?


yes it will sync few thing. NO problem if you have 2, 3, 10 PCs log with the same account at the same time

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Apologies in advance if this is not the right area. I was directed here by a Support Engineer in the

Microsoft Community forum. If this is not the right place, please let me know the best place to post this question.

The question presented on domain PCs after clicking 'Settings  > Change PC Settings > Accounts > Connect to a Microsoft account' is:

Which PC settings from your Microsoft account do you want to sync with your domain account?

The options are:

Start Screen
Desktop personalization
Apps (list of apps you've installed)
Passwords (apps, websites, and networks)
App Data
Language Preferences
Ease of Access
Other Windows Settings
Web browser (open tabs, history, and favorites)

What I'm looking for is more information about all these options. For example, what is synced with a domain account when the 'App Data' or 'Other Windows Settings' boxes are checked? Those are very vague descriptions, and I'm trying to figure out
what exactly is synced when these options are selected.


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Since I bought this computer, I've had issues. I started by creating a user with my personal email address, but then thought I wanted it for work so I deleted the Microsoft account associated with that email and created another with my work email. However, I've noticed that some of the apps aren't working correctly and needed to use my personal email again. For awhile, Microsoft accounts wouldn't allow deleted accounts from coming back but it appears it's working now.
So, now I have a Microsoft account with my personal email address but the primary user on my PC is still associated with the work Microsoft account. I can't find a way to change this and it's causing problems since that email doesn't exist anymore. Is there any way to change the Microsoft account that's associated with a single user?
The only other thing I could think of would be to create a new user, promote to admin, and swap everything over manually before completely removing the user associated with my old work email. I tried this, but when attempting to log into the new user it says "cannot login, please visit accounts.live.com to fix the issue". However, whenever I go there and log into the new users account, there's no instruction on what to do or any indication that there's something wrong.
So, I need to be able to do one of two things:
1) Switch the Microsoft account associated with the primary user on this PC or,
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A:Windows 8 User Account/Microsoft Account Issues...

As far as the Metro Apps go, I'd try uninstalling them and then reinstalling them.

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I like the security and convenience of having an account with administrative privileges, which I only use for installing and changing critical settings and an account which I use for all other purposes, which does not have administrative privileges.

I would like to abandon Chrome, which allows me to synchronize my bookmarks and all other settings across all users in my Windows 10 boot and even in my logon to Windows 7 in the multi-boot of my desktop computer. Every single change I make in one Chrome browser instantly appears when I open the Chrome browser of any other logon. This is working perfectly across both of my Win 10 users and both of my Win 7 users of my multi-boot desktop.

I would like to be able to switch to MS Edge as my browser and have the same synchronization across both of my Windows 10 logons as I presently have with Chrome but this feature is not available in Edge unless both of my Windows 10 logons (that are on the same installation of Windows 10) are Microsoft User accounts. But Windows 10 won't allow me to have two logons with the same Microsoft account. It has only allowed me to have one of those accounts be a Microsoft account and the other a Local account.

Are any of the following (or anything else you know about) possible in order to get synchronization:
Use the hidden administrator as my second account with administrative privileges and be able to synchronize it with my account without administrative privileges? (Is it automatically a MS account r... Read more

A:Can I have two Microsoft Account Users with the same Microsoft account

I don't think you can have two user accounts on the same computer attached to the same Microsoft account because which one would get logged in at the login screen when you entered the Microsoft account credentials?

What I would do is create a local user account with the administrator privileges and not attach that to a Microsoft account. Then I would create my user account with only standard user privileges and attach that one to my Microsoft account. Whenever administrator privileges are needed to do something, Windows 10 should ask you to just select the account with administrator privileges, enter the password, and then you could complete the action requiring elevated privileges.

Under no circumstances would I use the hidden built in administrator account to do anything unless I had to in safe mode as a last resort.

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So, I have been working on my neighbor's computer. She doesn't want a password to log in to her computer. Is there a way that I can disable the password upon login. This is on a local account.

A:User Account Password on Local Account

Jesse, have a look here

Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

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In order to access my office wi-fi I am tolf I must have a local account--how do I do that?

A:How do I change between Microsoft account and local account?

You would most likely need a Pro version of Windows 8 if they use a Domain.  Then you would need to talk to your IT person, to allow your machine on the company network.  As for your question, you do it from the Profile in the Metro Screen.  This actual question that you posted is in the FAQ on microsoft.com for the Windows 8 page.

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How do I use a live.com email account (Microsoft account) - to reset a pasword, as i have no idea?

A:How do I use a live.com email account (Microsoft account)

moving to email as this is not a virus issue.

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Hi everyone !

Looking at your security config I saw that some /many of you use a local account on Windows .

I open this thread to ask you why ? For security ? Is there any difference regarding security ?
I added a poll so you can select what you use

Looking forward to hearing from you .

A:Microsoft Account vs Local Account - Windows 10

HI !

A good explanations of the differences :
Should you use a local or a Microsoft account in Windows 10?

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I cannot switch from my "local account" to my "Microsoft account". The following is what I have done
Settings>Change PC Settings>Accounts>Cindy(Local Account), I then click "Connect to a Microsoft Account"
Switch to a Microsoft Account on this PC, "confirm your current password", I then put in an old, old password (which is the only password that will work)>
Sign into your Microsoft Account and I enter my email and a "newer password">
Help us protect your information, because you turned on 2 step verification for your account you need to enter a security code. I then have Microsoft text me a new security code>code is then entered>Sky Drive is your cloud storage, etc.>
Switch to a Microsoft Account, you're almost done. Your existing account will now be changed to a Microsoft Account. All of your files on this PC will remain in place. >Then I get this message: "We couldn't change your account because there's already
an account on this PC with this email address. Only 1 account is listed when I go to "other account."
When I am at Account>Other Accounts, I have the choice of "add an account" or "my account", which is the one I click on and I can either edit it, (which the choices are "standard, administrator or child) or remove it. I have chosen both standard and administrator and it hasn't made any difference.
HELP!!! What do I do to fix this? Do I delete the account and start over? Will I lose all my emails, contacts, documents, etc.
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I logged into a windows program with my email not knowign it would log into the whole accouint for me i want to remove the email thats connected to ym local account is that possible?

A:How to remove microsoft account from local account

Switch your user account back to local account: Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Next time when installing apps from Windows Store, see this tutorial: Store - Use when Signing in to Windows 10 with Local Account - Windows 10 Forums


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