When installing Windows 8 you are asked I you want to use a Microsoft Account or a Local Account.
If you want to control the name of your USERPROFILE path you need to create a Local Account with the desired USERNAME and then associate an MS account to it. Answer: How to choose a username when using a Microsoft Account in Windows 8?
Is there ANY difference in functionality (SkyDrive, settings/app sync, etc.) related to creating a Local Account with a desired username first and then associating it with a Microsoft Account later (instead of using ONLY a Microsoft Account without a Local Account)?
I want to control the name of my USERPROFILE path but am not sure if this "Local + Microsoft Account" approach causes any loss in functionality or if it provides a superset of functionality.
Why do I want to control the USERNAME and USERPROFILE path by using a Local Account?
Let's say your username is "bill" and your email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org".
If you choose to use a Local Account, you get a nice "clean" USERPROFILE path of:
Or in this example, C:\Users\bill
If you choose to use only a Microsoft Account, with the email of "email@example.com", you get a "messy" USERPROFILE path of:
Or in this example, C:\Users\bgate_000
I do not like the path name to my user files to be in the latter format.
I want a clean USERPROFILE path of "C:\Users\bill" instead of the "C:\Users\bgate_000" but I do not know if anything will be "less seamless" if I use the "Local+Microsoft Account" approach instead of the "Microsoft Account-only" approach.