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I sign into Windows 8 with the same account as on my Windows Phone. I read the warnings that if I renamed my account to an one, that I would have to do a hard reset on my phone and set it up again, from scratch. Are the consequences of changing just the password as severe, or will it "just work"?

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Changing your password isn't the same as migrating to profile. – Ramhound Nov 6 '12 at 20:15
Just add the new ID as an admin before you change to the new one – user171692 Nov 7 '12 at 6:02
See also: – Rowland Shaw Jan 24 '13 at 8:46

Changing the ID to one with a new domain ( will not "just work", as you are changing your ID, but you definitely won't need to reinstall windows 8 from scratch.

In that case, you'd have to add your new ID as a new user with administrator rights before making the switch, and when done you could login with the migrated user.

You would lose all of the settings of the previous user, so make sure to move anything you might want out of your user folder first.

However, changing only the password just means than you need to be online for the first time afterwards to login with the new password, to let windows cache it.
Afterwards, you will have the new password even offline.

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I'm asking here about the repercussions of changing the password, not changing the live id. – Rowland Shaw Nov 6 '12 at 21:38
@RowlandShaw - There are no consequences of changing your password. – Ramhound Nov 22 '12 at 3:56

If you use a Microsoft Account to sign in to Windows 8, changing your Microsoft Account password will also change the password you use to log into your computer.

This also implies that if you forget the password for your PC, you can reset it on the web.

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But will my phone still work? – Rowland Shaw Nov 7 '12 at 12:28
@RowlandShaw It will show you the sign in dialog box for Windows Live. Sorry, but are you talking about changing your password or renaming your account? – Louis Nov 7 '12 at 13:05
Changing the password, hence "Are the consequences of changing just the password as severe, or will it "just work"?" – Rowland Shaw Nov 7 '12 at 13:06
Okay, then yeah you're phone will work. Next time it tries to do something with the account (like download an app) it'll ask you for the password. – Louis Nov 7 '12 at 13:07
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To quote the answer on the Stack Exchange site for Windows Phone

You just have to go into the settings of your phone and change the password and everything will work like a charm

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Changing the ID means you will have to add the new ID as an administrator since for the application its just like a new user. If that is the case it means its a totally new set of user data specific to your previous ID .

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I'm asking here about the repercussions (particularly for my phone) of changing the password, not changing the live id I use to sign in as. – Rowland Shaw Nov 7 '12 at 9:55

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