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I want to install Windows 8 on my notebook. Because of this, I wanted to know if

  • Windows 8 caches your Microsoft account password
  • and how long

because I will not have internet access everywhere I go.

How does Windows 8 handle this?

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Windows stores the password exactly like it stores a local account's password. Besides when you don't have internet access use local account In addition this is easy enough to confirm yourself by disabling your internet before you logging into your notebook. – Ramhound Jan 29 '13 at 16:44
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I'm not sure for how long, but Windows 8 does cache the Microsoft account password. I use my Microsoft account to log in all the time, and I have never been unable to log in because of a lack of Internet connection.

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This is a better answer as it more clearly answers exactly what the OP asked. – Taylor Gibb Jan 29 '13 at 18:46

You can choose not to use a Microsoft account when you install Windows 8, and have an offline password just like in previous versions of Windows.

If you’d still rather sign in with a user name and password, click Sign in without a Microsoft account.

It's also possible to switch between account types if you've linked a Microsoft account but need to be able to log in without an internet connection:

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Thank you, this looks good to me. – BananaBoss Jan 29 '13 at 16:50
This isn't necessary - you can in fact sign on with your MS account credentials when you're offline, it keeps some info locally for a period of time. (I don't know specifics.) – Shinrai Jan 29 '13 at 17:13
So, when the data is cached for longer time, this is really not necessary, but it might be useful at some point. +1 – BananaBoss Jan 29 '13 at 22:14

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