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Upgrade to Windows 8.1 "issues"
November 23, 2013
1:03 pm
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S Allan Wilson
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I have a Surface Pro that came with Windows 8.  When I was in “The Store”, it showed an update to Windows 8.1.  As this was from Microsoft, I foolishly thought “This is safe”.

 

I had created my Windows 8 originally with a local account rather than my Microsoft Account.  I had to sign into the Store, but that worked and I could get downloads from the store whenever I wanted.  The advantage of the local account was that when I turned on the computer, it went direct to Windows Start Screen.  Now, I have the lock screen.  Then I have to sign in with a password to get to my Start Screen.  I tried creating a new account as a local account, but all my software (Office, Mozilla, etc) was not there anymore.

 

Two questions:

1: Can I change my Microsoft Account into a local Account?

2: If not 1:, then can I remove the Password requirement and start the machine on the start page?

 

Thanks

November 23, 2013
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Yes, you can change to a local account. Here is a link that explains it: http://www.techrepublic.com/bl…..indows-81/

It looks pretty straight forward.

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November 24, 2013
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Thank you, but I had already tried that.  It allows me to create another user with a local account.  It did not allow me to convert my new account back to a local account.  The new local account has a new start menu and I would have to redo all the apps that I had previously done.  I would just like to go back to the sign on the way it was.

 

Is there a way to start windows without having to sign in with a password with my microsoft account?

November 24, 2013
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Have you tried starting the computer without an Internet connection. Turn off your connections, then restart. That might work.

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