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In Windows 8, you can log on with a local account or with a Microsoft Account. Both types show up in the Users control panel, but there are different options that you can change for each type.

An administrator can change basically any aspect of a local user - name, password, access level, etc. For a Microsoft Account, you can only change the access level (admin/standard) or remove the account.

From the command line though, there don't appear to be any restrictions on what you can do a Microsoft Account. Using the net user tool or the Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in, it looks like an administrator would be able to change the password, display name, profile path, etc. of Microsoft Accounts (as well as local accounts of course).

Will these commands actually work when applied to a Microsoft Account? Will using them in some way break the link to the Microsoft Account, or will nothing happen at all? I'm hesitant to test since I don't want to mess up my account permanently.

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If you change the password of a microsoft account, remember it changes the password of hotmail/xbox and everything –  pratnala Nov 4 '12 at 6:28
@PratyushNalam that happens if you change it by logging into that account and changing it online. But I would presume that resetting it locally won't do such a thing. –  nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:31
If you change the password even on your PC through Metro settings or whatever, it gets globally changed. I got trolled because of this. I would log in to hotmail with my old password and it wouldn't work. Then I realised that my Microsoft account password has changed –  pratnala Nov 4 '12 at 6:32
And some Microsoft account options only show up in Metro PC Settings for whatever reasons –  pratnala Nov 4 '12 at 6:33
@PratyushNalam I understand that, but that isn't the question. I'm wondering what happens if you try to reset the password using the command line or local user settings, from a different (admin) account. Very different process and result. –  nhinkle Nov 4 '12 at 6:34

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