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Switching from a Local Account to a Microsoft Account

In Windows 8, you can switch between a local account and a Microsoft account.

By switching from a local account to a Microsoft account, you can download apps from Windows Store.

To create or switch to a Microsoft account, follow these steps.

  1. Open the charms and select theSettings charm. (See Opening the Charms to open the charms.)
  2. Select Change PC settings in the lower right corner.
  3. Select Users in the left pane of the PC settings screen.
  4. Select Switch to a Microsoft account.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.


  • To switch to a local account, select Switch to a local account in step 4 instead of Switch to a Microsoft account.

  • If you forget your Microsoft account password, contact Microsoft support services.