When you create a user account on your Windows 8 computer, you have to choose between creating a local account or a Microsoft account. A Microsoft account – formerly known as a Windows Live ID – can be used to log onto any Windows 8 computer or device so you can access integrated Microsoft services such as SkyDrive, mail and calendar as well as your personalised system settings. A local account is for use only on the computer it was created on.
Whichever account type you chose when you first set up a user account, you can switch to a Microsoft account or vice versa at anytime. Here’s how:
Step 1 Move your mouse cursor to the top right of the screen and, from the Charms menu, click Settings
Step 2 Click Change PC Settings at the bottom right of the screen.
Step 3 The PC Settings app opens full screen. Click Users and do one of the following:
– If you’re signed in with a local account, click Switch to a Microsoft account. You’ll be asked to enter your email address. This can be a existing Microsoft or other email address. Alternatively you can create a new email address for free
–If you’re signed in with a Microsoft account, you can switch to a local account
Step 4 In both cases, you can change your password, create a picture password and create a PIN