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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.

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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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