"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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...