While installing Windows 11/10 or setting up your computer for the first time, Windows may have persuaded you to log in using a Microsoft Account. Microsoft Account is generally the one you’ve been using to log in to your email on Outlook, Hotmail, or Live. There was an option to sign in using a local account too, but it usually goes unnoticed. So, now if for some reason you want to switch to a Local Account from a Microsoft Account, this tutorial will guide you. You can create a separate local account or you can convert your existing account to a local account.
How to change Microsoft Account to Local Account in Windows 11
In order to change the Microsoft Account to a Local Account in Windows 11, follow the below suggestions:
- Press the Windows+I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
- Now click on the Accounts tab in the left pane.
- Then go to the right side of the page and click on the Your info option.
- Under Account settings, click on the link Sign in with a local account instead.
- You will now be asked to confirm that if you really want to switch to a local account. Click on the Next button to continue.
- Thereafter, a password for the Microsoft account that is currently logged in will be asked. You may also enter your PIN or another form of sign-in you previously set up.
- So, the next step requires you to enter your local account details. Here, a password should be added.
- Once you have created or renewed a local account using the username and password, Windows will now ask you to use this account to log in.
- Click Next once you’ve finished entering your information.
- Now click on the Sign out and finish button. After signing out, you’ll be able to log into your local account.
Change Microsoft Account to Local Account in Windows 10
Step 1: Hit ‘Start’ and then go to ‘Settings’.
Step 2: Go to ‘Accounts’ and then go to ‘Your Info’. Verify that you are logged in using a Microsoft Account.
Step 3: Click on “Sign in with a local account instead”. Enter your current Microsoft Account password to authenticate and hit ‘Next’.
Step 4: Select a new username and password for your local account and you are almost done. Click ‘Sign out and finish’ and that is it.
Now you just need to log out and log in with new credentials. None of your files or programs will be affected. The account will remain as it is, only the login procedure changes. You can easily access the files through the library folders as they were before switching your account. Any data associated with the Windows Store applications also remains as it is. But you need to log in again with your original account so that the apps can access that data.
So, this was how you can change your Microsoft Account to a local one. The local account does not synchronize your data and settings. And to download Windows Store apps, you need to log in again. To regain your access to the services, you can log in again with your Microsoft Account. Stuck on anything? Comment down your queries and we will be happy to help.
As I mentioned earlier, the local account does not synchronize your data and settings. And to download Windows Store apps, you need to log in again. To regain your access to the services, you can log in again with your Microsoft Account.
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What is a Local Account?
A local account lets you log into a home computer running the Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system. It controls access to one specific computer. Credentials for local accounts such as usernames and passwords are stored locally on the computer’s hard drive, and it obtains authentication from its own files.
What is the difference between Microsoft Account to Local Account?
There are several benefits of using a Microsoft Account over a Local Account. A Microsoft Account enables all the cloud services and lets you sync your settings across devices. Also, it lets you access the Windows Store and download/install applications to your computer. You can access some of the other services by only using the Microsoft Account. But a local account is a simple offline account with no synchronization capabilities. You need to separately log in to Windows Store to download an application and most of the cloud services are disabled.
It is good to have your settings and files synced over devices but for some reason, you may not want to do that. Maybe you have a common computer at home and you don’t want to login using your personal Microsoft Account. Or you just simply want to have a local account instead. Follow the steps to convert your existing Microsoft Account to a Local account.
Is a Local account better than Microsoft account?
Unlike Microsoft accounts, Local Accounts do not have many Microsoft features such as Microsoft App Stores OneDrive, etc. In this way, Microsoft’s data access is faster and easier than that of the local account