Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I recently installed a copy of Windows 8 on a computer that didn't have connectivity, so I ended up creating an account that was not associated with a Windows Live ID. I am able to see all of the applications that come stock with Windows 8, and update them.

What are some of the benefits or drawbacks of logging in with an online account? Will I be able to use that same online account, even if I don't have connectivity?

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers

While using a Microsoft account, you’ll be able to synchronize some of your PC’s settings between your computers. Many settings here, such as “App settings,” only apply to modern-style apps (formerly known as Metro-style apps). Other sync options, such as your account picture, desktop background, and task-bar configuration are useful to Windows desktop users that use Windows on multiple computers. After you set up Windows once, your settings will be synchronized between every computer you log into with your Microsoft account.

This also allows syncing and sharing personal data across multiple devices very easily. which can be very dangerous if someone gains unauthorized access to your Live account.

Useful links -- http://www.howtogeek.com/121975/htg-explains-microsoft-accounts-vs.-local-accounts-in-windows-8/

http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/22437/windows-8-use-local-account-instead-microsoft-account-login/

share|improve this answer
add comment

First of all, you can use the online account, even if you don't have connectivity. The advantages for me are mainly the syncing of apps, settings, documents, etc. Anything you add to Skydrive for example, will automatically be available on all your Windows 8 devices, but also in the web interface. Same goes for mail, calendar, etc and other apps also.

There's more on Microsoft's site.

share|improve this answer
add comment

You will need a Microsoft account to be able to install Windows Store Apps (aka Metro or Modern UI apps).

Of course you can use your online account without network connectivity, however, you have to login with network connection available for the first time so that Windows can check your account password. Then it will be cached.

Or you can use your local account, and switch it to a Microsoft when there's Internet connection.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.