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Published: August 25, 2015 | Applies to:

This beginner's step-by-step guide will help you to switch to Microsoft Account from local account and revert back to local account again in Windows 10.

We all know there are two type of accounts in Windows 8 or later running operating systems. One is local account, which we’ve used for years and another is Microsoft account, which is new one. You can easily switch to Microsoft account from local account and revert back. Switching to Microsoft account gives you following benefits:

  • You will be able to sign in into various apps plus your Windows computer using Microsoft account
  • You can download apps from Store without the requirement of sign-in before each download
  • You can sync your Microsoft devices with same Microsoft account
  • You can sync your files to OneDrive very easily

Thus we can see that switching to Microsoft account brings us additional facilities on our Windows machine.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

If you’re newbie to Windows OS, you may need proper guidance on this switching operation. So here in this beginner’s guide, we’re going to share you the step-by-step procedure to switch from local account to Microsoft account and vice versa.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

Part 1 : Switching to Microsoft account from Local account

The steps in this section requires to have Internet connectivity on your Windows 10.

1. Open Settings app and navigate to Accounts > Your account. Click on the Sign in with a Microsoft account instead link.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

2. Then enter your Microsoft account to which you want to switch, and its password into following form so appeared now. Then click Sign in.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

3. Moving on, now enter your local account password for the verification. Click Next.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

In few moments, you’ll be switched to Microsoft account.

4. You’ll now need to verify your identity for switched Microsoft account. If you like, you can use an identity verification app for this purpose:

How to use Identity Verification App to protect your Microsoft account

Else to verify manually, click Verify link beneath your user account name:

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

5. Then enter your verification information in following window. Click Next.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

6. Then you’ll be asked to enter the security code that Microsoft account would have sent to you, if you’ve provided correct information in previous step.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

Upon checking the inbox for same Microsoft account to which you’ve switched, you’ll be able to locate the security code in a new mail just received. Enter this security code in above shown window and click Next.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

Once you entered correct security code, you’ll get verified. In this way, switching from local account to Microsoft account has completed successfully.

Part 2 : Switching to local account from Microsoft account

You can carry out the steps in this section, without requiring Internet connectivity.

1. Open Settings app and navigate to Accounts > Your account. Click on the Sign in with a local account instead link.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

2. Then enter your Microsoft account credentials in the following screen and click Next.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

3. Finally, you’ll have to setup a local account by providing required information on next screen. If you’ve used local account earlier, you can enter its details. Click Next.

How To Switch To Microsoft Account From Local Account And Revert Back

You’ll be now signed out automatically so that switching to local account completes. So for logon from now onwards, use your local account details.

Checkout following article, in case you can’t switch to Microsoft account from local account:

Fix: Can’t switch to Microsoft Account in Windows 8 or later

That’s it! If you need any help regarding this, feel free to comment and we’ll be happy to help you.


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9 Comments

  • Installed the Window 10 upgrade yesterday. Everything seemed fine until I tried to log in this morning. Computer is locked up at password screen. Cursor does not work nor does keyboard. What do I do now?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Wondering what happens when you enter correct credentials? Since you’ve upgraded, you need to enter login details of older Windows edition.

  • I’m trying to switch from a Microsoft Account in Windows 10 to a local account – however, it keeps giving me an error code 0x8007002, Can anyone give me a solution to this problem … thank you!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What error message do you get with this code? Meanwhile, refer this:

    http://www.kapilarya.com/cant-switch-to-microsoft-account-in-windows

  • In the accounts page, “sign in with Microsoft accountinstead” does nothing….. so I can’t progress any further!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try creating another account and check if the same link works on that account.

  • hello iam trying to switch to microsoft account from local account but whenever i click on “sign in to microsoft account instead” nothing happens nothing it is not showing any error code nothing , nothing happens

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer my previous comment here :)

  • I have the same problem, empty ‘choose account’ box.
    I have a microsoft account and have signed in to it but that makes no difference. I don’t have a local account so far as I am aware, unless that is something automatic.
    In the settings screen the purchase sign-in option is grayed out.

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