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We have just got Windows 8 Release Preview installed in our offices. We wanted to open it up for viewing to the public and I'd like to know if there is a way to let people log in with their Windows Live ID without having to set up a user account for them beforehand? What we are after is a user being able to walk up to the PC, type in their Windows Live ID and password, and they're logged in as a default user.

Is this doable in Windows 8, and if so, how?

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.Net email/password? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 8 '12 at 12:01
yes. the .Net Email/password you can add. they are worded as "Microsoft accounts" in windows 8 but are essentially just .Net passport accounts from what i can tell. (I didnt need to do anything special to my email to login) – Skintkingle Jun 8 '12 at 12:04
It's called Windows Live ID now. I edited the question to clarify this. – Indrek Jun 8 '12 at 12:06
Noticed, Thanks. :) – Skintkingle Jun 8 '12 at 12:06
Ahh LiveID, now it makes sense, dunno why I was thrown. It's actually called "Microsoft Account" now (changing from LiveID this year). It hasn't been called ".Net Passport" since XP (which I had completely forgotten about). ;) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 8 '12 at 12:19
up vote 1 down vote accepted

As of the current release preview it does not seem doable to have any user with a Microsoft account just sit down and sign in to a random Windows 8 RP machine. It looks like there needs to be an Administrator for that computer to add a new user to it. As noted in "PC Settings" for a non-admin user there is not even an option to add a new user, additionally there is no where to login using just a "Microsoft Account and a password" when no other users are logged in.

PC settings showing that a user must be logged in as an admin to add any users

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Damnit, Oh well thanks for the answer. They should really put this feature in. – Skintkingle Jun 11 '12 at 8:40

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