Just purchased Windows 8. In a shared household (including people that do not have hotmail Microsoft Accounts) how can I set-up a generic password for the computer which everyone can use without giving out my Microsoft Account password?

I find that setting up a local password stops me from using features such as the Windows Store, yet using my Microsoft Account password means all users have access to my Microsoft Account.


You will need to create a second account if you would like to grant access without giving your password away.

  • Open the Charms bar(by moving your mouse to the right side of the screen).
  • Click on the Gear(Settings)
  • Click on "Change PC Settings" at the bottom.
  • Click on "Accounts"
  • Click on "Other accounts"
  • Click "Add an Account" under Manage other accounts
  • At the bottom click on Sign in without Microsoft account(Not Recommended)
  • Click on Local account
  • Enter desired Username, Password and hint then click Next.
  • Click on Finish

If the user needs to be able to install, change settings etc you'll also need to do the following:

  • Under Manage other accounts click on the new user you created.
  • Click Edit
  • Change Account Type to Administrator.

Users will be able to log into that account instead of yours.

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During installation, Windows 8 prompts you to use your Microsoft account as a Windows login, However, you don't have to use it, but create a local account, like in the earlier versions of Windows

  1. When prompted to sigh in using your Microsoft account, select Create a new account

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  1. Then, instead of entering the info for a new MS email address, click Sign in without a Microsoft account

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If you have already installed Windows 8 using a Microsoft account, follow the steps that Jeff gave.

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