"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Microsoft account e-mail address

Both Windows 10 and Windows Phone 10 require a Microsoft account to get your data in synch. What e-mail address is best for this purpose? I've used my work e-mail address but now I'm unsure if it was ...