Windows 10 is a universal operating system. There’s no denying that. It is integrated on your PC, your laptop, your tablet, your smartphone and even your gaming console, and Microsoft fully embraces this fact. That is why the company strongly suggests that you take advantage the operating system’s new connected features. However, there are some disadvantages to logging into your Windows 10 device with a Microsoft account.
One of the main things that could be frustrating is the fact that you have to log in with a password every single time. This could be frustrating if you are the sole user of your PC and your PC is always on your desk. The good news is that Windows 10 does give you the option of logging in with a local account, which is really easy to set up. You will still need to use your Microsoft account if you want to download and purchase apps, sync OneDrive files, or sync other Microsoft apps, like Office 365 or OneNote.
The steps you need to follow in order to log in with a local account are simple:
- Go to Settings > Account > Your Account
- Click Sign in With a Local Account Instead
- When you see a pop-up window asking you to verify your current Microsoft account password type in your password and hit Next.
- Next, type in the details of your local account. This includes your username, password, and password hint. The password and password hint entries are optional. After you’ve done this hit Next.
- Now click Sign Out and Finish. You will be logged off of your Microsoft account and you will be logged in with your local account with your new username and password (if you entered a password, that is).
And that’s all there is to it! Sure signing in with your Microsoft account is good if you are using Windows 10 on multiple devices, like a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, but if you are only logging into Windows 10 from a single desktop, then logging in with a local account is probably more your style.
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