How to switch from a Microsoft account to a local user in Windows 10

How to switch from a Microsoft account to a local user in Windows 10

How to switch from a Microsoft account to a local user in Windows 10

Why should I do this?
When you receive your Puget computer, during the setup process, if you accidentally linked your Microsoft account and no longer want to keep in touch, we can help you return to a standard local account only. Many users do not need additional services bundled with a Microsoft account such as OneDrive or Office 365, or the device synchronizes to the device.

How to return to the local account from a Microsoft account

If you are not using MS services, it is possible to return to a standard local account only. This will retain all documents, settings, applications, and user files, but it will disable the MS link and features.

1. Open Settings> Accounts and select "Your information"

2. On the next screen, if you see this or similar, this computer is registered in your Microsoft account, select "Sign in with a local account instead"

3. Now enter your Microsoft Account password. This verifies that you are authorized to make the modification

4. In the new window labeled "Switch to Local Account", please enter a new Local User Name, Password and Tip, then select "Next" - be sure to write this information somewhere where access will only be to The Puja computer

5. The screen will prompt you to save your work and "Sign out and finish". The system will now log off and you will need to sign in using the information you just provided

If any apps are installed directly from the Windows Store, you'll need to sign in again; however, they will not be uninstalled during this process.

Different types of accounts
When you create a new local account, you will have the option to set "Administrator," "Standard," "Child," or "Guest."

This administrator account will give the user full access to everything on the computer without having to enter any additional passwords or credentials.

A standard account can access most computers but will not be able to make important changes, install new applications, or run them even though applications that are already installed can run.

The child's account is similar to the standard account but provides additional family safety settings by default.

The guest account can use the computer to a limited extent, similar to the standard account, but without privacy where anyone can sign in to the guest account and there can be only one account. No applications can be installed, but existing applications can be run. This is mostly restricted to browsing the web and files stored within the guest account.

Create an additional user (local account)

You may want to create a secondary account for a friend or family, or you may want to have a second account for testing purposes, and in either case guide you through creating a new (local) account on your computer.

1. Open the Settings app from the Start menu

2. Select "Accounts"

3. Select "Add another person to this computer"

4. In "How this person logs in" as we create a local account, please select "I do not have this person's login information"

5. Microsoft will try to help you create a Microsoft account, but we will click "Add a user without a Microsoft account" instead

6. Create your username, password and hint if you want and then select "Next" - Make sure you type these credentials down for later use.

Once the account is created, sign out of the current user and log on using the credentials that you typed in the last step. Windows will start to create user folders and "Exit Setup Things" which may take some time. Once complete, the new user account will be fully activated.

Create a Microsoft account

Creating a Microsoft account on your Puget computer follows the same steps as the local account, but when you access step 4 instead of selecting "I do not have this user login information," you will only enter an e-mail address. Creating a Microsoft account synchronizes settings between computers as well as helping to migrate data from Outlook, OneDrive, and other Office 365 applications. We found that many of our users prefer to use local accounts but have the option. Additionally, you can switch from a local account to a Microsoft account simply by selecting "Log on with a Microsoft account instead of" in Accounting in the settings list.

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I've finished everything! We hope this explains some of the things about your account settings for your Puget system.


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