Microsoft account is a new way to sign in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows RT that you can use your @outlook.com or any email address and password to access the system. If you still use the traditional local user account, follow our tutorial below to see how to switch from a local account to a Microsoft account in Windows 8/8.1.
Part 1: What are the Benefits of Switching to Microsoft Account in Windows 8/8.1?
Your Microsoft account is your key to free online storage, mobile entertainment, apps in the Windows Store, other Microsoft products and services. Below are some benefits of using Microsoft account to login to Windows 8 and 8.1.
- You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to.
- If you forgot Microsoft account password, unlike resetting local account password in Windows 8/8.1, you can easily reset Microsoft account password online.
- Your friends’ contact info and statuses are automatically up to date from your Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other accounts.
- You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, and other accounts without signing in to each one.
- Your personal settings are synced to any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and apps.
- Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
- You can associate the most commonly used Windows settings to your user account. In this way, the saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. So your PC will be set up just the way you are used to.
- You can also save time with sign-in credentials, because now the same credentials are available for the different apps and websites you use and you can easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
- You can automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.
Part 2: How to Switch from a Local Account to a Microsoft Account in Windows 8/8.1?
Follow easy 6 steps below to change local account to Microsoft account in windows 8/8.1.
- Sign in to your local user account that you want to switch to a Microsoft account in Windows 8 or 8.1
- In Windows 8 or Windows RT, open PC settings, click/tap on Users in the left pane, click/tap on Switch to a Microsoft account in the right pane.
- In Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, open PC settings, click/tap on Accounts in the left pane. And click/tap on Your account in the left pane, click/tap on Connect to a Microsoft account in the right pane.
- Enter your local user account’s password, and click/tap on Next.
- Then, you’ll be prompted to enter the email address of your Microsoft account/Windows Live ID, and then the related password, and the security verification info.
Note: If you do not have a Windows Live ID email address and would like to use one, then you can click on the Sign up for a new email address link at the bottom left instead to get one.
When you’re done, you’ll be shown a screen that shows that your local Windows 8 account has been switched to a Microsoft account.