"Microsoft account" is the new name for what used to be called a "Windows Live ID." Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE, or Outlook.com. Over time, all Microsoft ...

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Microsoft account privacy [on hold]

Does Microsoft collect data from my desktop programs and anything related to personal files when signed in to Windows with Microsoft account?
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Can a Microsoft account be used for file permissions

If I use my_MicrosoftAccount@hotmail.com on two computers (A and B), can I use it for file-permissions between different machines in my network? ie Can I access files that ...
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Access a UNC Path (Windows 8.1) Using a Microsoft Account on the Remote Computer (Windows 7)

I feel that this should have a really straight forward answer but it is not coming to me and Google is not being much help so sorry for the noddy question. If you have a share on a Windows 8.1 ...
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Can't sign in to Windows Live from OneNote

My laptop runs on Windows 7, and this is the first time I've tried syncing my OneNote notebooks onto the web. I already have a SkyDrive account set up, but whenever I try logging into it through ...
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Will Visual Studio 2013 marry it's current product key to my account if I sign-in?

I just recently switch from using Visual Studio 2010 to Visual Studio 2013 at work. Visual Studio 2013 is registered with an MSDN product key that the company pays for. I am new to the concept of ...
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Office 365 Account with Windows Phone 8.1

A few months ago, I started transitioning from using Google gmail, calendar, etc. to using a purchased Office 365 for small business premium account. I thought that I'd give Windows Phone 8.1 a try ...
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Using windows 8.1 in a company

We migrated a few of our PC's to Windows 8 and are now facing the problem that you are forced to register a Microsoft account in order to access the 8.1 Update and/or use office 2013. We dont feel ...
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Enable windows server 2012 R2 to use Microsoft account connection

Is there anyway to enable windows server 2012 R2 to use Microsoft account connection like any account on windows 8.1 can. I understand that this is not exactly the correct way to run a server, but ...
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Automatic switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa

With Windows 8.1 Update 1, when I switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa, some dialog and confirmation/verification screen are displayed. It is possbile to save the inserted data ...
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Setting the directories names of the users profiles on a Microsoft account

In Windows 8.1 Update 1, while creating a Microsoft account, Windows creates, locally, an user profile name with a directory in the C:\Users directory. It is possible to set before the name of this ...
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First log in with windows 8 account behind authenticating proxy

My Windows 8.1 Pro computer is within an enterprise network. To connect to the internet I need to configure and log in to an authenticating proxy server. I want that every user who has a Microsoft ...
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Outlook 2013 causes Microsoft account authentication failure

When Outlook is running, it will periodically "talk" to Microsoft to validate my account, and always fails validation. By that I mean I can go into my Account activity see that each time Outlook ...
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How to reset the Microsoft Account password from a different Admin account

I have following problem: I have Windows 8.1 and few weeks ago I have created an user with faked microsoft account data. Now I have forgotten the password and I can not reset this password, because I ...
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How to add a domain user account to Windows Enterprise 8.1?

I have a computer on a domain and login with a Microsoft Account. Now, I would like to add a true domain account (domain\user) to the users allowed to login to this computer. Numerous examples can ...
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How to remove Microsoft Account?

I have an account that I don't use anymore. I would like to remove it in order to test some Microsoft Azure coding features. The problem is that I can't remove the account. I navigate to the account ...
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How can I sync SkyDrive/OneDrive on Windows 8.1 when signing in to PC with local account?

I have previously asked how I can install, or upgrade to, Windows 8.1, without using a Microsoft account, because "I like to keep things separate, and just logon with a tradional local account. Any ...
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I appear online on Windows Live Messenger when my devices are turned off

A friend has recently brought to my attention that I permanently appear online on the Windows Live Messenger chat network, even when all of my devices are turned off. The only software and services ...
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Will restoring in Windows 8.1 also reset my account information?

After being forced to create a Microsoft account in order to log in to Metro-Skype, my Windows 8.1 local account was converted (linked) to the Microsoft.com account (which is now corrupted, possibly ...
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Black screen in windows 8.1 after login using skype-forced Microsoft account

Last week I installed Skype Metro version on my Windows 8.1 Dell XPS 12. I was frustrated that it made me use a Microsoft account rather than my Skype userid I've used for years. After doing that, I ...
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How does the Microsoft Account work w/o authentication on Windows 8?

I would like to gain some understanding of the Microsoft Account authentication for Windows 8.1. Indeed, Windows 8.1 distinguish the local accounts (like it was in all previous versions since Windows ...
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Disconnect Microsoft account from my local account

I was happily using local account on my Windows 8/8.1 machine. Was. Today I wanted to install some app from Windows Store. I wanted to assess some UX scenario in it. To do so I had to sign in using my ...
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How can I make Windows 8.1 NOT sync across devices?

I was wondering if there is a setting somewhere that will let me make Windows 8.1 not sync things like wallpapers, lock screens, and such across multiple devices with the same MS account. I have a ...
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Can my Windows 8 login password be different from my Microsoft Account password? [duplicate]

I am currently logging into Windows 8 with my Microsoft Account. I have recently begun to utilize LastPass and would like to change my Microsoft Account password to a very long and very complex ...
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Make Microsoft Account a Local Account from the command line?

I have an account that is a Microsoft Account at my office, but the person who used the computer has left, not telling anyone the password. In order to reset the password, I need it to be a local ...
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Win8.1: When logged in with my default MS account many account options don't seem to work

So I'm one of those idiots who upgraded to 8.1 allowing MS to grab a really old Hotmail account which is now my default admin account (sigh). Now I am having various account settings issues like: I ...
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Unable to log in to my microsoft account

I have changed my keyboard language from English to Telugu (other language) , but my password is still in English. I locked the screen by mistake and now I am unable to enter the password in English(I ...
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How to remove settings from a Microsoft Account in Windows 8?

When installing Windows 8 for the first time, I did not create a Microsoft account, and just installed as the local user. However I recently updated to Windows 8.1 and it forces you to use a ...
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Can't sign in to Office and OneNote can't connect to SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

The OneNote issue Since I installed Windows 8.1 I can't open my OneNote notebooks stored on SkyDrive with OneNote 2013. When I try to open a notebook in OneNote, I get the following error: We ...
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Skip “Sign in to your Microsoft account” (Windows 8.1 Setup) [duplicate]

I have an RT tablet and updated it to Windows 8.1. The update basically performs the new PC setup. I can't get past the "Sign into your Microsoft Account". Clicking "Next" does not allow me to ...
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Use Xbox games or SkyDrive without switching to Microsoft Account

I have Microsoft Account (outlook.com account). I use Windows 8.1 Client. Can I use Xbox games or SkyDrive on my OS without switching my local user account to Microsoft Account? In Windows 8 it was ...
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How to delete skype chat history stored on hotmail/live/outlook.com?

Please note, I'm not talking about the skype chat history on the skype software, which I can easly delete by going to Tools/Options/Privacy, etc... I'm talking about that all of my chat conversations ...
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How to forget/remove username in Windows 8 Store - account deleted

I deleted a Windows Live/Microsoft account (I have others) that I was using for the Windows Store on one of my PCs. Now I can't use the store at all because it wants a password for that particular ...
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How can I create a new user account on Windows 8 associated with a Microsoft email account?

How can I create a new local user account on Windows 8 associated with a Microsoft email account (e.g. MicrosoftAccount\someone@live.com) programmatically, using PowerShell or another scripting ...
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How to access Skype with a Microsoft account under Linux

I'm using Skype for Linux (version 4.2.0.11) and I can't access with my merged Microsoft account. When I insert my login info I get a arror message, "Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again". ...
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How can I set Microsoft Account permissions for shares without regards to domain on Windows 8?

I have folder A on computer A and I am mapping network drive on computer B to \VPN_IP\A, but I want full control permissions to the share from computer B. Both computers use the same Microsoft ...
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How can I have different backgrounds on different computers?

So I have two Windows 8 VMs. I want to set one's theme to blue/black colors and the others to red colors. The reason I want these different is that I will be using the VMs simultaneously. One is 32 ...
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OneNote 2013: How to remember Live credentials?

I've upgraded OneNote 2010 to 2013 recently and moved all my notes to SkyDrive. That's a undoubtedly wonderful option, great! Now, I'm using OneNote 2013 in two physically different locations, both ...
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Microsoft Account activation incomplete (invalid email)

I created MS Account by entering an incorrect email address. Then I assigned to that account (prior to activation) promotional product Office 2013 (upgrade from 2010) using the site office.com/offer. ...
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How to hide or remove email address from Windows 8 lockscreen?

I'm using Windows 8 and I have an Microsoft account (@outlook.com). I was wondering if there is a way to remove or hide my email address from the lockscreen. Note: I don't want to use a local ...
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Cannot attach Microsoft account. It Just keep signing in. No Error Message and nothing happens even for hours

I cannot attach Microsoft account in Windows 8. After I enter my email address, it just keeps waiting. No error message at any point. Once I just tried for signing up for a new email address from ...
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How safe is my Windows 8 Microsoft Account? [closed]

In earlier version of Windows (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7), my various secrets are protected with RSA encryption: encryption file system saved credentials IE passwords ...
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Set a password that's not linked to my Microsoft account?

I have a really long password for my Microsoft account, and I don't want to enter that every single time I log in, so I was wondering if I could have a second, smaller password for just the computer ...
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Workaround for Microsoft account 5 PC limit

Apparently I can only use my Microsoft account on a maximum of 5 Windows 8 installations before I see the following message: You've reached the PC limit for your account Does anyone have any ...
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How can I log into Windows 8 (Microsoft account) whilst offline?

From what I've read, Windows should cache the last used password and I should be able to login even when offline, but this isn't the case -- using my Microsoft password is prompting me to use my last ...
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Windows 8 - How do I sign in to Calendar with my Microsoft account?

I first opened calendar in Windows 8 and it asked me to sign-in my Microsoft account. I tried a couple times but it said wrong password. Therefore, I clicked cancel. How can I try again now? Is there ...
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Does associating a Microsoft Account to a Local Account provide at least the same Windows 8 functionality as using only an MS Account?

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 ...
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Can I sync my Microsoft Account with my Mac?

I know it's possible to access my Microsoft Account data (contacts and calendar) using ActiveSync. However, OS X does not support ActiveSync, only Exchange. I was wondering if there is a way to sync ...
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Sharing Windows Store apps between accounts

In Windows 8 it seems natural to me that each person in a family has their own Microsoft Account with which they log in. If you pay for an app on the Windows Store, you can install that same app on ...
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What are the benefits of using an online account with Windows 8?

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 ...
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What changes can be made to a Microsoft Account using net user on Windows 8?

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 ...