Solved Question about need for Microsoft accounts in Windows 8.1

March 21, 2014 at 23:43:58
Specs: Windows 8.1, AMD Athlon 2GHz/512 MB RAM
My dad just got a brand new computer with Windows 8.1. I've searched the Web but I can't seem to get a definitive answer to this question. Does he have to have a Microsoft account to use his new computer? He wasn't connected to the Internet when he went through the setup process, so he just created a local account. Is a Microsoft account required to use any apps/programs?

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March 22, 2014 at 00:48:45
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No, he does NOT need to have a Microsoft Account. All he needs is a local Windows User Account which does not need an internet connection.

A Microsoft Account or Microsoft ID is required only for certain Microsoft websites & services, it has nothing to do with Windows on your computer.

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March 22, 2014 at 01:32:23
Great, that totally answers my question! Thanks so much for your help!

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March 22, 2014 at 01:34:09
The only time he would need it is if he wanted to make use of any Microsoft 'services' like iCloud & the App Store so just tell him to ignore these.

He was fortunate to have Windows 8.1 ready installed, as I have come across a few people who upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 (which is a definite good idea) but found that they could only do it if they had a Microsoft account. For anyone stuck in this situation note that there is way around it. When confronted with the 'sign in' screen click on the option to create an account and at the bottom of the next screen is a very small link to continue using a local account - choose this & away you go.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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