How to switch from Microsoft to a local account in Windows 10

As we know, starting with Windows 8, users had to make a choice between Microsoft account and a local user account to sign in to the Operating system. Since then, during both installation and upgrade process, Windows recommends users to associate their system with Microsoft account and use it to log on to the operating system from then on.

Having a Microsoft account associated with your Windows 10 system does have some benefits over using a traditional local user account, allows you to get access to pretty much everything linked with the Microsoft ecosystem. For instance, it lets you share and sync your personal settings across several Windows devices effortlessly. You can also use it to download apps from Windows app store, make use of Microsoft’s Cloud storage – One Drive, etc. However, a lot of people find this uncomfortable, and even a potential intrusion of personal privacy. Instead, they would rather like to keep using a local account for logging into the operating system.

If you have set up your user account as a Microsoft account during Windows 10 installation or upgrade, or if it got converted into a Microsoft account when you logged in to any Microsoft services, you can still remove and revert back to a local machine account anytime.

Steps to switch to local account in Windows 10

Step 1: Click on the Windows Start button and choose settings.

Windows 10 settings option

Step 2: Go to Windows 10 Account settings.

Windows 10 Settings Window

Step 3: On the left pane of the window that appears, under the ‘Your Account‘ settings, select the option labeled as ‘Sign in with a local account instead.

Windows 10 My accounts

Step 4:   Then you may have to verify the account by entering your current Microsoft email password. For instance, if you’ve been using a Hotmail ID to login to the Windows 10, use its password to verify.

Verifying Windows 10 account

Step 5: Once your current password is successfully verified, then the system will prompt you to enter new login details for your local account. Enter an username, password and a password hint, and click the Next button.

Windows 10 Account User credentials

Step 6: In order for the changes to take effect, you have to Sign out and complete the process. Click “Sign out and finish” button.

Switching accounts in Windows 10

Since you have to sign out for the changes to take effect, make sure that you have saved all the stuff that needs to be saved.

Hope this article would help you revert back to a local account in Windows 10.

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