Windows 8 : How to switch an account from Local to a Microsoft Account and back again.

With Windows 8 we are given a new choice on the type of account to create.. Microsoft Account.  In the past consumers were only offered a local account.  With a Microsoft Account (A.K.A. Windows Live ID) the end users will be able to take advantage of some new syncing features between multiple Windows 8 applications, SkyDrive and Office 2013 to name a few.

You might have been like myself and reimaged a notebook or creased a virtual installation and at the time you did not have an internet connection, so you created a local account in hopes that you can convert it to a Microsoft Account…  Well you are in luck.

  • Open up the charm menu
  • Click on ‘Change PC settings’

windows 8 home

  • In the PC settings window click on Users
  • If you have more then one account, select the account you want to make the switch with. (in this example I am using my lovely Wife’s account)
  • Click on ‘Switch to a Microsoft account’

windows 8 user screen

  • Enter the (local) password of the users that is being switched.
  • Click Next

windows 8 switch to metro

  • Enter the Microsoft account email (live id)
  • Click Next

windows 8 user enter email

  • Enter the password for the Microsoft Account
  • Click Next

windows 8 Enter pw to live account

  • Verify the security information for the Microsoft Account
  • Click Next

windows 8 Enter pw to live account verify

  • Congratulations the local account is now a Microsoft account
  • Click finish

To switch back from a Microsoft Account to a local account it is the same steps but in the reverse order.

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