Differences Between Microsoft Account and Local Account
What is Local Account?
If you used computer with Windows XP or Windows 7 system, you have tried the local account. Actually, local account can access to one single, physical computer. Your local account credentials are stored locally on the computer’s hard drive.
What is Microsoft Account
Microsoft account is a single sign-on Microsoft user account for Microsoft customers to log into Microsoft websites and services like Xbox, Live, Hotmail, Messenger, Onedrive. You can access to all services provided by Microsoft with one email address and password.
Which Account Type are Suitable for You?
It is obvious that Microsoft account bring more convenience than traditional local account. However, it is not suitable for every computer users. If you do not need any extra service provided by Microsoft and you just have one comptuer with data you do not need to get access when outside, local account is enough in Windows 10. However, for Windows 10 users, using Microsoft account can help you get a better experience to services that Windows 10 brings.
For some newbie, it will be a little difficult to determin the type of the account in the computer. Here, we can find the type of the account that we are using with method below.
Required to Enter the Password of the Microsoft Account?
Once we enable Microsoft account in Windows 10, we will be required to enter the password of the email every time we try to get access to Windows 10. However, if you do not set the password for the local account, you will get into the desktop of Windows 10 directly.
1. Press “Win” + “I”.
2. Go to “Account”, “Sign-in options” and then “PIN”. Then you can add the PIN to your Microsoft account.
Determine the Account Type in Account Settings
If you have enabled the Microsoft account, you will see the differences in account settings.
1. Press “Win” + “I” and select “Account” in the pop-up Settings window.
2. Please go to “Your info” to find the detailed information. If you login with Microsoft account, you will find the emial address, your image and other information. Also, selection of “Sign in with a local account instead” will be provided in the page. You can determin whether you are using the Microsoft account with these information.
How to Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account in Windows 10
If do not want to login Windows 10 with Microsoft account anymore, we can remove the Microsoft account from Windows 10 and switch to a local acount. Please follow steps below to make it.
What if We Forget the Password and Can not Make the Switch?
No matter which type of account you are using, it will be difficult to regain access to Windows 10 without the correct password. If you are stuck at the forgotten Windows 10 login password, please try professional Windows password remove software – Renee PassNow.
More about Renee Passnow
Whole password reset process takes only 4 simple steps without damaging data inside! Do not require any professional knowledge or possible password combinations.
For local account and administrator, Renee Passsnow will remove the password directly.
For Microsoft account, Renee Passnow will turn the Microsoft account into local one and reserve all data inside the account.
Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.
Here are detailed steps on how to reset login password with Renee PassNow.
Step 1: Download and install Renee PassNow in any workable Windows computer.
Step 2: Choose creation method, USB or CD/DVD.
Step 3: Boot the target PC from the created password reset USB/CD/DVD.
You will boot the target computer via a new created reset disk. Firstly, please hold a hot key to enter the BIOS menu and put CD-ROM or Removable Devices as the first choice. Please click here to know about how to change the boot order of your computer. After changing it successfully, please remember to save your setting and then restart your PC.
Step 4: Select “PassNow!”.
Step 5: Choose target account and then click “Clear Password”.
You can also recover Microsoft account in Windows 10/8.1/8. That is, Renee PassNow will convert the Microsoft account to a local account and the data or files inside it will still exist. After the software says that password is reset successfully, you can directly press “Enter” key to access Windows.
Besides, you can also create a new administrator to quickly access your PC. Please click “Create new account”.
The created administrator account named “Reneelab” with administrator rights, and its default password is “123456789”. You are able to change the password of target account with this new created administrator.
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