I'm trying to sign in with a local account instead of the Microsoft account currently linked with the user (had to link it for a program, no longer use that program), but every time I do, I get an error: image of error Code 0x80004005

After googling this error and trying just about everything I could find, I've come to the conclusion that, though everything in the registry appears to be assigned as a local user, that something somewhere is still displaying it as a linked Microsoft account. Anyone know where I can go to manually fix this?


Edit: More info, new accounts do not have this issue, but I don't want to make a new account and lose all of the saved settings and installed apps per user :(

  • well, it's currently broken, so i'd rather just it commit to one fully :P – vidsac Sep 13 '17 at 4:21
  • @Appleoddity - Can we please not spread conspiracy theories like how Microsoft is going to spy on you? – Ramhound Sep 13 '17 at 10:07
  • @Run5k It's removed – Appleoddity Sep 13 '17 at 15:51
  • @vidsac From Meta:Is bumping a question OK? – Mokubai Sep 14 '17 at 18:27

This error means that your Microsoft account is not synced properly. Please try following steps to check related service, and enable Sync before trying to switch account again:

  1. Press Win + R from your keyboard, input services.msc and click OK button.

  2. Within the Services window, locate the Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant from the list, double click on it, and change the Startup Type to Delayed Start.

  3. You also need to check those services including Remote Procedure Call, Local Session Manager, and User Accounts Service. Make sure all of them are set to Automatic.

  4. Then open Setting app, go to Account > Sync your settings, and enable the Sync setting feature.

If this issue still persist, let's Remove your PC from the list of devices online, and try again: Re-connecting your PC with your account can often solve this issue, and you will be able to switch to a local account afterwards.

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and click the gear icon to open the Settings Go to Accounts, and then Sign-in Options.
  2. Click on Change Pin. Create a new pin, and change the password as well.
  3. Open your browser of choice, and go to hotmail.com. Sign-in with your Microsoft account and the new password you just changed.
  4. When you log in, click on your name, and open Account settings. On the next screen you’re presented with, scroll down until you find Click on See all.
  5. Find your device and click Remove PC. Wait for it to sync with your PC, make sure you have a decent internet connection.

Once this is done, go to your settings and switch to a local account again.

Please also try the Microsoft account troubleshooter tool to see if the issue can be fixed: https://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/4/F24D0C03-4181-4E5B-A23B-5C3A6B5974E3/microsoftaccounts.diagcab

  • I don't have Windows Live ID Sign-In Assistant, Live Update, or User Accounts Service as services. Remote Procedure Call and Local Session Manager are already automatic (and running). I'm not able to sync my settings, there's a yellow message at the top: Some Windows features are only available if you are using a Microsoft account or work account. Clicking the "Add" button under PIN does nothing, I can click it an infinite number of times. I can't even change my password! – vidsac Sep 13 '17 at 5:30
  • Seem you didn't use Microsoft account on your PC according to the message. Please check Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant service, I have edited my reply. – Kattee Lee Sep 13 '17 at 6:19
  • See this image – vidsac Sep 13 '17 at 7:29
  • Please try this (support.microsoft.com/en-sg/help/4026971/…) to reset your Microsoft account password, then Login back on the PC, try again. By the way, have you check the status of Microsoft account sigh-in Assistant service? Also try the Microsoft account troubleshooter in my original reply. – Kattee Lee Sep 13 '17 at 9:00
  • The Microsoft account was deleted a while ago when I tried to get support from Microsoft directly... – vidsac Sep 13 '17 at 16:50

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