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This fix will show how to permanently disable "You need to fix your Microsoft Account for apps on your devices..." notification on Windows 10 Version 1607+.

If you’re using recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you might have seen a weird notification keep popping and asks you to fix your Microsoft account (MSA). This doesn’t happened with any of Windows 10 builds prior to Version 1607. Here is the message and screenshot of that annoying notification:

You need to fix your Microsoft Account for apps on your other devices to be able to launch apps and continue experiences on this device.

FIX You Need To Fix Your Microsoft Account For Apps Notification In Windows 10

Now lets see why this notification keep appearing. Following may be the factors involved:

  • If you haven’t verified your MSA identity

When you click the same notification, it will take you to the wizard which allows you to verify your account. However, we did this many times but there is no change in the situation and the notification keep appearing. If your case is same as of ours, you can try the fixes mentioned below to get rid of this annoyance.

FIX : You Need To Fix Your Microsoft Account For Apps Notification In Windows 10

FIX 1- Using Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter

This problem can be easily fixed with less efforts using Microsoft Accounts troubleshooter. Here’s how:

1. Download Microsoft Accounts troubleshooter using following link:

DOWNLOAD LINK

2. Run the microsoftaccounts.diagcab file to open troubleshooting wizard. Click Apply repairs automatically and hit Next.

FIX You Need To Fix Your Microsoft Account For Apps Notification In Windows 10

3. The troubleshooter will automatically found and fix issues. At last, it will serve you the troubleshooting report mentioning the issues it fixed. Click Close.

FIX You Need To Fix Your Microsoft Account For Apps Notification In Windows 10

This should solve the notification problem. If it still persists, check FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Using Group Policy

If FIX 1 doesn’t solves your problem, the only option you’ve left is to disable all toast notifications on your Windows 10. This will not only disable that interrupting notification but other notifications about Microsoft products promotion as well. Here are the steps you need to follow:

FYI: Local Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows 10 Home editions.

1. Press W8K + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor. Click OK.

Local Group Policy Editor

2. Next, in the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate here:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Notifications

FIX You Need To Fix Your Microsoft Account For Apps Notification In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of above shown window, look for Turn off toast notifications Setting and double click on it to modify its status.

FIX You Need To Fix Your Microsoft Account For Apps Notification In Windows 10

4. Finally, in the policy configuration window shown above, select Enabled. Click Apply followed by OK. Close Local Group Policy Editor. This should immediately disable the notification on the go.

Check the illustration of this method in following video:

Hope something helps!


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25 Comments

  • Things are going great now thank you.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ 😊

  • I applied Fix – 2 and it works. Thanks so much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • It tells me that it can’t connect to the sync service, and “fix automatically” doesn’t work for whatever problem it’s having.

    Is that because Onedrive is full? (I’m not using it — it has filled up on it’s own.)

  • Can’t connect to the sync serviceCan’t connect to the sync service
    There might be an Internet connection problem or the service may not be available. Please check your Internet connection and try again. Detected Detected

    Can’t connect to Sync service Completed

    Rootcauses found and created logsRootcauses found and created logs
    Collect additional information about this problem Detected

    Neither issue was solved automatically, nor does either of them provide a suggested manual fix.

  • fix 2 solved the problem thank you Kapil.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help!

  • I am having the same issue as Gloria the application isn’t fixing the issue:

    Can’t connect to the sync serviceCan’t connect to the sync service
    There might be an Internet connection problem or the service may not be available. Please check your Internet connection and try again. Detected Detected

    Can’t connect to Sync service Completed

    Rootcauses found and created logsRootcauses found and created logs
    Collect additional information about this problem Detected

    Neither issue was solved automatically, nor does either of them provide a suggested manual fix.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I believe FIX 2 will solve your problem, give it a try.

  • I have a stand alone laptop and don’t want to run MS Account. Fix 2 is not available for Home Edition, Fix 1 forces me to check the MS Account box or cancel. What else can be done to get rid of the annoying MS Account popup?

  • I have win 10, not pro, and have no gpedit.msc file. Anything else I can do. Fix 1 did not work.

  • Hi, I can’t even open the gpedit to edit the group policy. My laptop runs Windows 10 Home. It shows: “Windows cannot find ;gpedit.msc’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.”

    I searched the internet and it seems that Home edition does not provide group policy editor function. Any other way to solve this annoying problem?

    Thank you.

  • Hi Kapil,
    I am running WIN 10 Home. I tried FIX 1 and it detected “Microsoft Account Required – switch to Microsoft Account”. I am confused. The only account I use is my Microsft Account? And, when prompted to enter my password for my Microsoft account it is verified!

    I am not sure where to go from here. Any suggestion?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Suggest you to try using different Microsoft account, see if it makes differences in situation.

  • Good suggestion. Instead of using a different MS account, I chose to simply change my password to see if it makes a difference, So far, I have had no further occurances of this annoying message. I will provide an update after a couple of days. Perhaps I will be lucky and the password change is a FIX given my situation!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for update, hope it won’t counter issue again 😊

  • So it appears that Microsoft is now FORCING Windows 10 users to log on to their PCs using a Microsoft account? Why? I have no other Windows devices and I don’t do anything in the cloud. There is no reason for me to use my MSA for anything other than looking for how to fix what Microsoft breaks. I have the same user ID on my PC that I’ve had since the 1990’s and I DON’T WANT to use the MSA to log on to my computer. This fascism has to stop.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I understand your concern but I believe this is just to ensure that users got same experience with MSA on different devices and across different apps 😊

  • I am having the same problem as Alvin. (Well, says same thing. I personally am not sure of a lot of things about my PC, including what Win 10 I’m running.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I believe you’re on Windows 10 basic edition such as Home. You can upgrade it to Pro edition to use Group Policy: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-upgrade-windows-10-home-to-pro

  • Took link, but can’t seem to “Open… app”, & therefore unable to continue beyond that. (Actually seems some things on Windows/PC have changed/updated since wrote above comment.)

  • I found something (I believe it is referred to as “Microsoft Edge” some places) open on my PC, & it had this page open… Tried “Group Policy: link you gave above, & got this message when I clicked on “Settings” thing…

    We can’t activate Windows on this device right now. You can try activating again later or go to the Store to buy genuine Windows.
    ERROR CODE: 0x80070422

    Also, have recently looked for pictures I downloaded long ago, & found folders that are now described as “Empty” when cursor is on them. Only reason I would’ve gotten rid of pics (which I would not have done at all w/o also riding of folders) is if needed space to re-install Windows 10, which clearly is still not working for me. WTH?!?!?!?!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Run the Activation troubleshooter to activate the Pro edition: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-use-the-windows-10-activation-troubleshooter. Unless you activate, some features may not work.

  • Tried troubleshoot thing, & it eventually said, “We found a Windows 10 Home digital license for this device running Win10 Pro. To activate using dig license, need to install Win10 Home.” (I thought I had upgraded to 10 long ago… And then re-did so (or at least tried to, which would be only reason… yada yada thing I wrote early AM).

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