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Microsoft account is a crucial part in Windows 10. Only when you have a Microsoft account can you enjoy all of Microsoft’s services. However, some new users is not so familiar with Microsoft account and local account in Windows 10. Next, let’s get more about the difference between Microsoft Account and Local Account in Windows 10.

What Is the Difference Between Microsoft Account and Local Account?
Local Account

If you were Windows XP or Windows 7 user, you may know the local account better. Technically, local account is not an account but a privilege that allows users to access the computer locally. And a local account only works on the specific computer.

Even though you sign in Windows with local account, you can also use Microsoft account to access all kinds of Windows online services such as Windows Store. You just need to type your Microsoft account and password.

Windows 10 local account


Microsoft Account

Microsoft account generally applies to Windows services. You have already got a Microsoft account if you have ever used Xbox Live, Hotmail,, OneDrive, Windows Messenger, etc. Microsoft account has already been associated with all of Microsoft’s services. You are allowed to access them with a Microsoft account that includes one email address and password.

Windows 10 Microsoft account
General Usage of Microsoft Account in Windows 10
Microsoft Store

Similar to Android’s Google Play and Apple’s iTunes App Store, Microsoft also has its own Micorsoft Store. You can sign in Microsoft Store with a Microsoft account then download the latest applications on your PC.

Microsoft Store

Once you create a Microsoft account, you will get 5GB of free cloud storage. OneDrive is a built-in tool in Windows 10 allowing you to store your files in the cloud. You can access them from other devices. Besides, you can also use OneDrive to share any files stored in the cloud with others.

Sync Your Settings

You are allowed to sync your account settings stored in Windows 10. All changes or settings will be stored in OneDrive. When you sign in another Windows device with your Microsoft account, account settings also follow you.

Windows 10 sync your settings
How to Confirm Which Account Type You Are Using?

Press “Win” + “I” key to enter “Windows settings” and then click “Accounts” in the pop-up Settings interface.

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Local Account

Click “Your info”, you will find out “Local Account Administrator” if you are using local account. Please click “sign in with a Microsoft account instead” if you intend to change it to a Microsoft account.

Windows 10 local account
Microsoft Account

When you are using a Microsoft account, your email address usually displays in the screen. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one with your existing email such as MSN, Hotmail,, Gmail, etc. Besides, click “Manage my Microsoft account” then you can manage your account’s information. Please click “sign in with a local account instead” if you intend to change Microsoft account to a local account.

Windows 10 Microsoft account
Forget the Password of Microsoft Account and Cannot Sign in to Windows 10?

It’s necessary to sign in with Microsoft account if you want to try all of Microsoft service in Windows 10. However, using a Microsoft account to sign in, it’s tiring to enter its password in the login screen every time. If the password is forgotten and cannot sign in to Windows 10, it’s suggested to use Renee PassNow to solve this problem.

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.

Renee Passnow can help to recover data or transfer data inside the disk without running Windows.

Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

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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. 

press to the download button

Step 2: Choose creation method, USB or CD/DVD.

Select one option from [Crate a Live USB] and [Create a Live CD]. Then, select [x64] or [x86] according to your computer. Next, click on [Download Now] to download the licensed ISO. Remember to activate the software beforehand. After that, click on [Create USB] to create the boot media.
use renee passnow to create usb to reset passnword

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.

steps to change the boot order in BIOS

Step 4: Select “PassNow!”.

Reset password

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.

Clear password

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.

Create new account