Windows 10: Can't switch from local to MS account

Discus and support Can't switch from local to MS account in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; I am trying to switch from my local account back to my Microsoft account. Yes, back to it; it worked fine before I used the local account to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by Morania, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. Morania Win User

    Can't switch from local to MS account


    I am trying to switch from my local account back to my Microsoft account. Yes, back to it; it worked fine before I used the local account to troubleshoot some setting issues. I filled in my password and it said it's wrong. I verified by logging in to my MS account online that the password was indeed correct. Still no luck. I have gone as far as to change the password and nothing. I have checked, checked, and re-checked that I'm typing in the correct password and that the password works at the MS site, including here.


    I need to dump all my old info and start over. I want to use my MS account to sign in.

    :)
     
    Morania, Jun 20, 2020
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  2. Local account installation question


    I'm fairly certain that Skip this step was available in 10.0.130 - the workaround in Step 20 (back button) is no longer required.

    The currently known, as of 10.0.130, ways to create a Local account sign-in are
    • Skip this step at the MS account creation phase
    • No Internet connection during the install
    • static IP (post# 2 by Fragment) - New (to me anyway)
     
    Slartybart, Jun 20, 2020
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  3. Kari Win User
    Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them

    If the local account is the one where you have most of your personal data, this is how I would do it:

    • Sign in to your Microsoft account
    • Copy all documents, pictures and other personal data from Microsoft account's user folders to corresponding folders in user Public (contents of MS account Documents folder to Public Documents folder and so on)
    • Sign out from Microsoft account
    Notice that above steps are only required if Microsoft account user folders contain data you want to keep. If its user folders are empty or do not contain anything worth saving, you can skip the above steps. Continue from below.

    • Sign in to the local account
    • Delete the Microsoft account (Option One in this tutorial)
    • Switch your local account to a Microsoft account (tutorial)
    • Copy the data backed up from old Microsoft account to Public folders to new Microsoft account in corresponding folders

    That's it. Using the Public folders as temporary storage you will have none whatsoever file owner / permission issues later on.
     
  4. Brink Win User

    Can't switch from local to MS account

    local account unable to switch to MS account

    That's ok. When you get to step 7 above, you would just leave it blank.

    When you successfully switch to a Microsoft account, it will use the password of your Microsoft account.
     
    Brink, Jun 20, 2020
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