"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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Is using a Microsoft acc a safer way of signing into Windows rather than using a local acc

My friend said that signing into Windows with a Microsoft account is more secure. He said that if I used a local account he would easily be able to gain access to my system. Is there any truth to ...
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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 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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Update account on win10

I upgraded my laptop to win10 few months ago and I use it almost exclusively for web browsing, then two days ago I used one note application and I need to login with my account microsoft (an hotmail ...
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How can I add my Microsoft Account calendar to Outlook 2016?

I use a custom email address, stijn@example.com, as my Microsoft account. I use it for both my Windows 10 device and Windows 10 Mobile device. On the mobile device, it serves as the account for my ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from Syncing Settings on Initial Setup

I am stuck at setting up my laptop. My goal is to install Windows 10 with my Microsoft account linked. No problem so far. But as soon as I sign up for the first time with my Microsoft account, my ...
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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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Can I use the Windows 8 mail app with Exchange without adding a Microsoft Account?

I am using Windows 8 at work. Our Exchange server is configured to allow access from the Windows 8 mail app. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to use the mail app without first adding a Microsoft ...
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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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How to choose Windows 10 user account sync priority during setup?

I have 2 computers both running Windows 10, one of which is brand new. When I setup the new computer, I signed in using Microsoft account, expecting the new computer to sync the settings from the old ...
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How to connect Windows 10 (joined to Samba) to a Microsoft account?

After joining Windows 10 (1511) to a Samba domain, domain users are unable to sign in to the Microsoft store. It just fails with an unspecific error. This not only affects the store app, but also the ...
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Use Microsoft account but with local password instead

So when I got Windows 10, I was trying to setup Cortana and all those other fun apps, and it asked me to log in with my Microsoft account. But when I logged in with my Microsoft account, it switched ...
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What is the purpose of the “Other accounts you use” list in Windows 10?

What is the purpose of the "Other accounts you use" list in Windows 10 under "Settings - Accounts - Your account"? Specifically, I have two Microsoft accounts and I'm often wanting to access online ...
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How can I change the email associated with my Windows 10 account?

I switched to Windows 10 but the email address I gave it was not the email address that I want associated with the account (the instructions were not clear). How do I change my account to be with ...
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Windows 10 File-System Permissions (iTunes Folder Locked)

I recently had a problem with my iTunes, saying it has insufficient permissions to start. I tried to see where could be possible I don't have enough permissions on my C: drive (I am an administrator ...
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How to share any folder without password in Windows 8/10 in a home network if a Microsoft account is involved?

My question is: How to set up file sharing correctly, in a home network, with Windows 8/10, so sharing any folder with "Everyone" (File Explorer->Right click on ...
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How to remove Microsoft school account?

I created a school account with my school e-mail address for using the Office. Office for students I thought this would give permission for desktop use of Word, Excel and Powerpoint for free. Get ...
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Stop Microsoft Office switching account signed into

I have two Microsoft Accounts: one for my personal use and another through my University. I sign into my computer (my personal computer) using my personal account, but am signed in to Microsoft ...
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Can't access network path of localhost specified with a host

I use Windows. Using Run window, I type \\127.0.0.1 and enter. Viola, a window appears that shows my shared folder, a network view of my PC. Now I add a simple DNS entry to the ...
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Reset synced Microsoft Account settings

So I've been having some problems with my Windows 10 PCs. My Microsoft account is a child account (don't even ask why), and occasionally, Family Safety will just shut off. Well, not completely shut ...
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Windows 10 Revert/Switch From Microsoft Account to Local Account

I've been struggling to revert my windows login from a microsoft account to a local account. There are many tutorials on the web but the solution presented involve an option that I cannot see: I'm ...
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What user's settings does microsoft account save in the cloud?

I noticed that when i log in with my MS account on Windows 10 PC it not only restores my appearence settings (i.e. wallpaper). It also remembers things like cmd.exe settings (fonts, selection), ...
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How to link Windows 10 domain user account to Microsoft account?

I've just installed build 10130 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on my desktop, and after joining my domain, I noticed that the usual option to link my domain user account to a Microsoft account ...
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Can't change local account to microsoft account (Windows 10)

I have the following problem: I made an upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10 All my files and settings were overtaken I have a local admin-account When I enter my microsoft-account in cortana the ...
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Remove or reset Windows 10 password

I have forgotten my Windows 10 local account password. But I still have access to my PC, as I have set up a "pin". Now I want to change to an online account. How can I do that without knowing my local ...
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I want to sign in my microsoft account but use local account

This is a company terminal but it would be easy for me if I could just sign in my Microsoft account. I am allowed to sign in any of my account but I am not allowed to change the local password of this ...
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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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Can't switch to microsoft account

I can't sign in to the Microsoft account in settings or Store. This is my second install of Windows10 Home X64 on my HP Desktop The previous install was Windows 7 X64 Home. The fault still occurs. ...
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Can't sign in to Windows 10 with Microsoft account

I'm trying to follow this answer: Edit your registry HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\IdentityCRL\StoredIdentities Here, you will see the account that is giving you trouble. Delete ...
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Azure and Office 365 with same login

Since Windows 10 was released my environment starts behaving strange. I have to accounts at Microsoft: A Microsoft Account foo@sample.com An O365 acccount foo@sample.com Until last wednesday ...
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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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How to choose a username when using a Microsoft Account in Windows 8?

As noted in my other question, Windows assigns a strange username (<login>_000) when logging in with a Microsoft Account to a computer for the first time. It is quite difficult to change this ...
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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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How do you prevent Microsoft Edge from automatically logging in to Microsoft Account?

(As also asked in this unanswered forum post) Problem You are logged into a Windows 10 system using your Microsoft Account Opening the Edge browser creates a Microsoft Account session for you ...
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Can't log in to Microsoft account on Windows 10

Today I installed Windows 10, everything went well and I can now use it normally. But I can't sign in to any applications that use the Microsoft account (Store, Mail, Calendar, ...) which causes some ...
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Cannot sign in to Microsoft Account (Cortana) using Win10

I've just upgraded to Win10, and I am trying to sign into my Microsoft Account in order to use Cortana, however I am caught in a loop and it won't accept my credentials. The credentials are ...
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How to install/upgrade to Windows 10 RTM without a Microsoft account

Does Windows 10 still wants to logon with a Microsoft account instead of a local account? If yes, is there a way to workaround this?
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No mapping between account names and security IDs was carried out?

I recently disconnected my Microsoft Account from my Windows 8.1 machine because I just found it annoying and useless (stupid OneDrive) and I've been unable to open music, pictures and Control Panel ...
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Copying user account credentials in Windows

Say I have 2 Windows installation on the same machine. How can I copy accounts from one to the other, so that file-rights are the same on the instances? This is regular accounts, Microsoft accounts, ...
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Keep wallpapers specific to individual PC under the same Microsoft account in 8.1

I have several Windows 8.1 machines, but finally set up my first with dual monitors. I log in with my Microsoft account on them all to maintain the experience between them all. However, I added a ...
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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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How do you recover a Skype account by using a Microsoft account?

I created a Skype account using email way. Then I had linked to Microsoft account. Over time I forgot my password to Skype and lost access to primary email. Now I can sign into Skype only using my ...
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Username is just email on Windows

When I created my account on my computer, I chose to link it to my Microsoft account. My username (user directory name, other stuff too) is #####_000 where ##### is the first five letters of my email ...
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Logon process failed. Windows cannot load classes registry file

I have Windows 8.1 (64Bit). After trying today to log in to my account (user account) I get immediately signed out without even being signing in. I restarted my PC but the problem is still there. I ...
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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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Recover accidentaly deleted Win 8.1 user account and get back to his session while it is still in the system?

I need help. I did 2 mistakes: Run: net user MyName /del on my account in cmd shell with Administrative privileges, while I was logged on that account. Then I created local user account (not ...
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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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does Skype use the same password for my Skype name and my Microsoft account?

AFAIK Skype is now owned by Microsoft. When i log on with my Microsoft account, my Microsoft account password works. When i log on with my Skype name, my Microsoft account password does not work. ...
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What happens with my local account when I switch to Microsoft Account?

My computer nags all the time on me signing in using Microsoft Account. I've chosen not to do that but e.g. Skype (the modern app) requests that before it starts up. I want to keep using my local, old ...
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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 ...