Windows 8 asks for my Live login details when I login - I'd prefer to use a local password separate from my Live password. Is it possible to use a local password?

What do I lose out on if I don't use a Live account password?


You lose out by not being able to Download apps or the updated content of the apps, or sync between PCs like favorites and history

  • Drag your mouse to the right hand of the screen so the menu pops up

  • Click Change PC Settings

  • Click Users

  • Under the Users Menu select Switch To A Local Account on the right hand side.

  • This will prompt you to create a new local user


Logging in with your Live account allows Windows to save a lot of your settings and some of your documents in "the cloud". If you were to login to another Windows 8 machine some of your preferences and settings will follow you. For instance, if you reformatted, put a new installation of Windows 8 on your computer, your preferences should take affect with the Live account.

Check this link out: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/sync-it-up-hands-on-with-the-preview-of-windows-8s-cloud-sync-service/


Using a Microsoft account offers the following advantages:

  • Settings sync between all your computers and devices with Windows 8. Windows 8 does sync a lot of settings, from your desktop theme to your File Explorer and Internet Explorer settings.
  • Access to the Store to purchase and install Windows 8 apps
  • The possibility to use apps such as Xbox SmartGlass that allow you to connect your Windows 8 computer to your Xbox and remote control the console.
  • The possibility to fully utilize Family Safety and all its parental control & reporting features. You can use it without a Microsoft account too but you won't have access to all its features without one.

If it annoys you that you have to introduce along password every time, you can set a PIN or a Picture Password to make the log in procedure faster. More information about all the available sign in options can be found here: Introducing Windows 8: How to Switch Between Sign-In Options.

If you still want to go ahead and switch to a local account, from a Microsoft account, you can find a full step by step procedure here: How to Switch to a Local Account from a Microsoft Account in Windows 8


You can create a 4-digit pin for quick log in.

  • Drag your mouse to the right hand of the screen so the menu pops up, Click Settings

  • Click Change PC Settings at the bottom

  • Click Users. You will see a "Create a PIN" button on the right

You won't lose out anything with the benefits of using a Live account because essentially it just creates a 4-digit pin for easy access.

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  • this doesn't answer my question of What do I lose out on if I don't use a Live account password?
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    May 24 '13 at 10:02
  • @Sathya I've updated my answer but a downvote, seriously?
    – StarCub
    May 25 '13 at 3:19
  • Downvote because the answer isn't useful. (hover on the tooltip). Also, answer's incorrect. (look at the other answers)
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    May 25 '13 at 5:25

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