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Questions tagged [microsoft-account]

"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 services will be switching from the old name to the new one. You might continue to see mentions of "Windows Live ID" instead of "Microsoft account" for a while.

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How to leave Azure AD, when Microsoft account got joined to it by exchange to office 365 migration

Our company had a hosted Microsoft Exchange solution for our emails, and this was migrated by a 3rd party company to Office 365, and in that process they created a Azure Active Directory for our ...
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How do I change a different account to local on Windows 10?

I have a Windows 10 computer with: One administrator account that I have access to One non-admin account signed in with a Microsoft account that I do not have access to Is it possible to change the ...
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“You need to fix your Microsoft account” notification, but no account

Dears, After changing my Microsoft Account password online, my Windows 10 build 17134.471 started occasionally complaining about me having to fix my Microsoft account. It would appear that Windows ...
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Login failure after computer name change

I'm using a Microsoft account for the login of my Windows 10 PC. When I setup my PC I set it up the way that I didn't need to enter a password on boot up (can't remember how I did that). Now I ...
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How to remove microsoft (work) account on Windows 10 when I have no longer access to it?

In my home PC I have my personal microsoft account and the old work account. The work account is residual - I do not work at the company anymore and the account does not exist. I wanted to remove it, ...
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How can I change (not reset) another user's Windows password?

I'm trying to change the password of a local account on a non-domain Windows 10 PC. Logging in as the user to do the change is a poor solution because: Local login is denied for the account Entering ...
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Reversing a fraudulent Microsoft Family account connection

My friend just put this request to me. I spent a 1/2 hour looking for the answer myself, but there doesn't appear to be an easily located fraud reporting process. Does anyone know how to remove a ...
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Can I mix domain and local accounts on the same PC

I have Windows 10 installed on my private Laptop. I am using Microsoft account to log in. Sometimes I need to do some work-stuff on it. At work, we have Active Domain with roaming profiles set up, so ...
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Why do I have different password for my laptop's windows 10 (signed in with MS) as compared to my MS email password?

I have Windows 10 installed in my haier PC. Although I am logged in with Microsoft account, it has a different password than my Microsoft email's password. (Note that I am not signed in with local ...
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Can't add/switch to Microsoft Account from Local Account

I had a snafu during Windows setup where I initially created my Windows install using my Microsoft account. However, the install created a user profile name that didn't match older machines which ...
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Can't run any exe file after switching MS Account to Local Windows 10 account - “Run as Admin” works though [duplicate]

Its horrific, I cant even open regedit. When clicking on any .exe it asks me to choose an app to run it "You'll need a new app to open this .exe file" When trying to run "regedit" it promts that it ...
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Getting to my real One Note files

Forever and a day I have had a "Microsoft account" in my own email address, which is in a domain I own (so not gmail, Hotmail, or whatnot.) A few years ago, we replaced our on-prem Exchange server ...
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Windows 8.1 - Login messed up after using Microsoft account

The situation... Freshly installed Windows 8.1. Created an "offline account" during setup. Later logged in so I could reach my OneDrive. Tried adding a PIN code unlock, but it does not even ...
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How do I change my Windows 10 administrator sign-in name?

I recently read that running Windows (10 Home, in my case) primarily on an administrator account is a bad idea for security reasons. So, I created a local account to work in, and I'll only log in as ...
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Repair administrator account connected to a Mircrosoft account

I have windows 10 educational. My profile is broken and I need to recreate or repair it, I have already backup everything. The account is the built in administrator account that is also connected to ...
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Windows 10 Enterprise 1803: how to associate AD account used for login to Microsoft account

I've installed version 1803 (windows 10 enterpise) to my PC and it seems like the option to connect my AD account (my PC was added to a domain and my domain account was added to the local Admin group) ...
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How to check digital licenses linked to my Microsoft Account? [duplicate]

My harddrive just crashed and HP is asking me to pay them to get a recovery media in order to re-install Windows on the new hard drive. Now, Windows 10 uses digital licenses tied to out Microsoft ...
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Windows 10 connection to Microsoft account is very borked. How to fix or remove it?

I sign in to Win 10 with the Microsoft account [me]@outlook.com. It logs in, but many things don't work right. I've tried every remedy I can find online (except nuking the user and starting over), ...
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Sync MSA credentials with Win10 account

I have an MSA (Microsoft Account) that I use to log into multiple Windows 10 computers and access via Remote Desktop. If I change my password via the website that does not update the Windows 10 ...
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Windows hello won't setup on brand new computer

So I go into Settings --> Accounts --> Sign-in options to set up windows hello, and everything goes well until I try to set up a PIN... It loads for a few seconds then I get this. I am online ...
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Can you have a Microsoft Account and an enterprise/O365 account for the native applications (mail/contacts/calendar etc.) on the same device?

I think I've found a bug with Windows 10 that I put on the feedback app, but, it hasn't had any traction and I've raised with Microsoft but haven't had a lot of luck. I was wondering if I am doing ...
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Can I replace the original computer owner's Microsoft account without reinstalling Win 10?

I received a used computer. They gave me a PIN to access it. He has a Microsoft account on it. The Win 10 has a digital key. I don't know the password for the Microsoft account and don't know how ...
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Windows RT unable to add/reuse Microsoft user account

Recently, I need to add a user account to Windows RT (Surface 2). I got an error of Sorry, we couldn't connect to Microsoft services right now. If this problem persists, search for "network problems"...
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Windows 10 - Signing in with Local Account

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 ...
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Windows 10 - “Something went wrong” - Windows Store / account problems

Scenario So recently I was trying to install something from the Windows 10 store. I clicked the Get button and it asks for me to verify my Microsoft account. I entered my email address in and ...
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How to store calendar events received via email on an account without a calendar?

On my work e-mail, I receive event invitations that don't seem to ever get stored anywhere. Is there a way to fix this? My company uses a standard cheapo IMAP+SMTP webhost to host employee e-mail. I ...
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Administratively force Microsoft account into local account?

It looks like there may not be a way, but is there a command line tool or some other tool to force a Microsoft enabled account into a local account so the password can be reset? If not, is there a ...
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How many times can Windows 10 be reactivated with a digital license when hardware changes are detected?

I just managed to boot the same Windows 10 installation both natively and from Arch Linux in a VM. I'm currently running it natively and just got it activated with my digital license. This is Windows ...
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Which login credentials are expected in Windows 10 RDP

I'm trying to set up Windows RDP to remote control a Microsoft Surface Book (Windows 10), being used as a home computer, from the internet. I'm getting a lot of confusing information on what login ...
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Windows 10 changes Microsoft account actual name to email

Hi! This is a weird one. After logging into my Microsoft account (not using local account), in approximately ~30m my name changes from my actual name to my @outlook.com email address. It's shown in ...
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Which account is office using?

I have a windows 10 laptop of my own at home. With this laptop I use a personal (gmail) email address for Microsoft account login with OneDrive and VS2015. I login to the Office products (i.e. word, ...
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How to enable 3rd party cookies ONLY for Microsoft Teams

The company I work for wants us to begin using Microsoft Teams however after logging in the page goes into a redirect loop for about a minute, and then finally ends up on this error screen. I know ...
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How do I sign in to multiple Microsoft accounts in the same web browser?

How do I sign in to both of them simultaneously in the same web browser? Is there a way to do so based on the domain that is being accessed? I have a work Microsoft account used for Azure, Visual ...
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If Microsoft wants me to change my Microsoft Account password, is there anything I can do to avoid it?

I have begun being notified within Windows and in the Microsoft website that It looks like someone else might be using your account I went to check my recent sign in activity, following the link ...
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Resetting microsoft account on Windows 10

At some point when I was installing apps from the Windows Store on a spare laptop, I'm pretty sure Microsoft asked me to create a Microsoft account for one of them, and unsurprisingly, without telling ...
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How to fix a keyboard layout on each Windows 10 computer?

I use Windows 10 with the same Microsoft account on 3 different computers, each one with a different physical keyboard layout: ITA, UK, DE. In "Control panel - Clock and International settings - ...
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Why does Windows 10 truncate the user name? [closed]

If you install Windows 10 using a Microsoft account, instead of a local account, it will truncate the username to five letters, and use that as the user directory and a few other things. (you can fix ...
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Can't sign into MS account - “Some settings are managed by your organization”

I am getting a message that says "Some settings are managed by your organization" in my accounts settings. This is preventing me from signing into my Microsoft account. I do not see this message ...
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MicrosoftAccount credentials does not work on RDP between two PCs in a particular direction

So I setup my home computer and my work computer under the same LAN via VPN, both of which have my Microsoft Account as login. I was able to do a remote desktop from work to home with Microsoft ...
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My Skype accounts (small business) keep getting locked

Does anyone else know what causes this? About 10 times now, different accounts have been locked and needed to be unlocked using a phone number and an activation code. I'm using MS's recommended ...
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What happens when I remove a device from my Microsoft account

I have a Win 10 tablet that I want to send out for repair but technical support asks me for the account password. This password is my Microsoft account with a lot of services and I will not disclose ...
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Switch from 32-bit free Windows 10 copy to 64-bit

I have a laptop running Windows 10 32-bit which I got last year as part of Microsoft Windows 10's free upgrade plan. In Settings -> Updates and Security -> Activation it says that my Windows is ...
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Error when trying to save Bitlocker recovery key to Microsoft account

It's not wise to store the recovery key on flash drive, for example. That means anyone that steal my computer and my flash drive can easily decrypt my recovery key. That defeats the purpose of ...
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“You need to fix your Microsoft account” notification

The "You need to fix your Microsoft account" notification pops up every 10 minutes with the new Anniversary Update. This notification appears because I am not signed into my Microsoft account. I do ...
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Clean Windows 10 install assigns my account name as the first 5 characters of my email address [duplicate]

I did a clean install of Windows 10 and logged in with my Microsoft account which clearly has my full name. Somehow the personal folder where My Documents etc. are stored is named after the first 5 ...
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How do I manage the link between a Windows 10 license and a Microsoft account?

In at least two help pages, Microsoft explains that a Windows 10 license can be linked to a Microsoft account, allowing it to be easily moved between computers: Reactivating Windows 10 after a ...
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Microsoft Account password change on Skype retains the old password on Windows 10 login, how come?

I have been facing the following strange behaviour on Microsoft Account password (there is also other closely same case posts in here): the Microsoft Account is based on a Gmail Account, with a ...
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How do I disassociate email credentials from an account in Windows 10?

I set up Windows 10 and have been using it for months on a spare laptop. When installing, I did not use a Microsoft account to enable all of the app connectivity because I don't need that ...
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Windows 10 asking to verify my MS account after every reboot?

I setup a new laptop with Windows 10 Pro, and signed in with an MS only account. It works fine, but after every reboot it asks me to sign-in again to verify my MS account. I do, and it works fine, ...
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Is there a way to do a clean windows 10 installation using my Microsoft account but without copying my old user settings?

I have been using windows 8/10 for some time now and I also have a MS account. That means that every time I do a new installation, my settings are copied across devices. I bought a new laptop and even ...