Converting your Windows 10 Cloud Account into a Local Account

This is another video I created that seems quite popular. The goal for this video is to Disconnect your Microsoft Account from your local Windows 10 machine and use a local account instead. While this video was created for Windows 10 users specifically, the steps are (kind of, sort of different) similar in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. I do hope to create videos, or at least write a guide, on how to do these steps in both of those versions of Windows as well.

As with my other how to guides, if you’d prefer to walk through with me as I convert an account, here’s the video. If you just want the steps, they’re posted just beneath this video.

Process Steps

  1. Click the Start Button
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Accounts
    Make sure “Your Account” is selected in the left pane.
  4. Click on Sign in with a Local Account instead
    Sometimes this item doesn’t show up. Outside of enterprise-based environments or child accounts, I’m not entirely sure why it doesn’t show. If this is the case, it might require creating a new Local Account, copying your data to the new account, then deleting this Cloud account from the machine. I’ll cover this in a future post.
  5. For verification, type your Microsoft Account password and press enter or click Next.
  6. Type your new username, password (and confirm), and password hint and click Next.
  7. Click Sign Out and Finish

The system will now sign you out and provide you with your new login prompt with your Local Account.

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