Article ID : 00060789 / Last Modified : 11/04/2018

How to switch from a local user account to a Microsoft account in Windows 8.

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From a local user account, follow these steps to log in to a Microsoft® account:

  1. Point to (but do not click) the lower-right or top-right corner of the screen, and then click to select the Settings charm.
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    NOTE: The Windows Logo + I key combination will also take you to the Settings screen.

  2. In the Settings screen, in the lower-right corner, click Change PC settings.
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  3. In the PC Settings screen, click the Users tab.
  4. On the Users tab, click Switch to Microsoft Account.
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    NOTE: If prompted to confirm your current account, type the local account password and then click the Next button.

  5. In the Sign in with a Microsoft account screen, enter a valid email address and then click the Next button.
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  6. In the Enter your Microsoft account password screen, enter the appropriate password, and then click the Next button.
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  7. At the Add security info screen, enter a phone number and then click the Next button.
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    NOTE: This phone number will be used as verification when requesting a password recovery, should it be necessary.

  8. In the Sign in with a Microsoft account screen, click the Finish button.