Accounts Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to switch to a local account from a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 11 with instead.

You can sign in to Windows 11 with a local account or a Microsoft account. However, you can easily switch between using a local account or a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 11.

When you switch to a local account from a Microsoft account, your account will still use the same profile folder. It will not affect the name of your account's profile folder name.

Signing in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account lets you:
  • Download apps from the Microsoft Store.
  • Get your online content in Microsoft apps automatically.
  • Sync settings online to make PCs look and feel the same - like your browser history, account picture, and color.
Signing in to Windows 11 with a local account means:
  • You have to create a user name and account for each PC you use.
  • While not recommended, you can remove the account password if you like.
  • You'll need to sign in to the Microsoft Store with a Microsoft account to download apps from the Microsoft Store.
  • Your settings won't be synced across the PCs that you use.
Referenece:


Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Your info on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on the Sign in with a local account instead link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

If you see a Stop signing in to all Microsoft apps automatically link instead, then it means you are already using a local account, but had selected to sign in to all apps with a Microsoft account to be used by other apps.

Clicking on the Stop signing in to all Microsoft apps automatically link will return you to just the local account.


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4 Click/tap on Next to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5 Enter your Microsoft account credentials to verify. (see screenshot below)

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6 Perform the following steps to set up a local account to switch to: (see screenshot below)
  • Enter a User name you want for your local account.
  • Enter a New password you want for your local account.
  • Type the new password again to Confirm password.
  • Type a Password hint you want.
  • Click/tap on Next when finished.

You can leave the password fields empty if you do not want a password for the local account. It is recommended to password protect your local account to help keep it more secure.

If you like, you can add security questions for your local account later to provide an extra layer of protection.


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7 Click/tap on Sign out and finish when you are ready to switch to a local account. (see screenshot below)

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8 When you sign in to Windows 11 next, you will now sign in to your local account setup at step 6.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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Now I am confused again. I want my 'Ken' profile to use the new local account, not Microsoft?

I thought I had understood what happens but I give up (again).

Over to you @Try3. Maybe you will understand but it is too much for me. :-)
I think the confusion is with account vs profile.

The same profile folder will be used for the new local account that is switch to from the Microsoft account.
 

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I want my 'Ken' profile to use the new local account
It will.
That's what Brink is saying.
The username will be different but the profile will stay as your existing one.
And once you've rebooted, you can change the new username back to Ken.


Denis
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
I'll try again: -
When signed into MS account, my profile 'Ken' uses MS account directly as follows: Profile 'Ken' connects directly to my MS account

When using a Local account: Profile 'Ken' connects to 'KenLocal' Local account.

Have I understood correctly?
 

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I'll try again: -
When signed into MS account, my profile 'Ken' uses MS account directly as follows: Profile 'Ken' connects directly to my MS account

When using a Local account the Local account gets inserted in-between the two: Profile 'Ken' connects to 'KenLocal' Local account which then connects to my MS account

Have I understood correctly?
Not quite.

When you switch to a local account to sign in to Windows with, it still uses the same account and profile folder, but it's no longer a Microsoft account.

The only way a local account also uses your Microsoft account is if you sign in to an app with the Microsoft account. The account you use to sign in to Windows with will still be a local account. Only apps will then have your Microsoft account available to sign in with.

Hope this helps to clear things up.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
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    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    Integrated Intel Arc
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    Poly Studio
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    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
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    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Not really.
When signed into MS account, my profile 'Ken' uses MS account directly as follows: Profile 'Ken' connects directly to my MS account
But, after the conversion,
When signed into Local account, my profile 'Ken' uses Local account directly as follows: Profile 'Ken' connects directly to my Local account [even whilst its username is set as, say, KenLocal]

In addition to which, you can use your MSAccount for e.g. going to the Store. Mine is in my Outlook 2007 as one of the accounts to check for email. And, because I don't use Edge for anything else, my MSAccount email webpage is set as my Edge homepage & I set it as always stayed logged in.


Denis
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
Okay. Thanks. I don't understand so I'll call it a day and leave well alone. I've been using computers since 1990 and I thought I was quite computer literate. It all used to be so simple until MS accounts came along. I'm 78 now and things are getting too complex and interwoven these days.

Hopefully these posts will help others though.
:(
 

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    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
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    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
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    Windows 11 Home
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    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
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    Intel Core i5-8250U
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    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
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Okay. Thanks. I don't understand so I'll call it a day and leave well alone. I've been using computers since 1990 and I thought I was quite computer literate. It all used to be so simple until MS accounts came along. I'm 78 now and things are getting too complex and interwoven these days.

Hopefully these posts will help others though.
:(
That's ok.

Basically, all you're doing is changing your account to sign in to Windows as a local account instead of Microsoft account.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
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    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Basically, all you're doing is changing your account to sign in to Windows as a local account instead of Microsoft account.
I understand that part. What I want is assurance about No. 2 in my post #17: -

I wanted to be sure that switching from Local account to MS Account and then signing out again will automatically switch back to the newly created Local account in a seamless automatic manner.

I now understand how to create the Local account. What bothers me now is how easy it is to switch between the two accounts afterwards.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
What bothers me now is how easy it is to switch between the two accounts afterwards
You do not switch between the two afterwards.
Your MSAccount still exists online so you can still go to it if you want.
But your new local user account will remain your local user account .


Denis
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
I understand that part. What I want is assurance about No. 2 in my post #17: -

I wanted to be sure that switching from Local account to MS Account and then signing out again will automatically switch back to the newly created Local account in a seamless automatic manner.

I now understand how to create the Local account. What bothers me now is how easy it is to switch between the two accounts afterwards.

This is only for the account on your computer to sign in to Windows with.

Once you switch to a local account, it will remain a local account each time you sign in to Windows.

Switching to a local account on the PC replaces the Microsoft account to sign in to Windows with, but still uses the same profile folder.

You don't switch between the two accounts (local and Microsoft accounts). It's either or to use to sign in to Windows with.

You can still sign in to apps with your Microsoft account for your local account if that's what you meant.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Ah, I think I finally understand. Thanks for your perseverance.

I'll consider doing it now but don't hold your breath. :-)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
Ah, I think I finally understand. Thanks for your perseverance.

I'll consider doing it now but don't hold your breath. :-)
You're most welcome. Please just let us know if you have any other questions about it. :shawn:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
@Brink
Just one more clarification please?: -
I thought I would check if being signed-in to my Microsoft account depended upon my PC being connected to the internet before Windows could load so I deliberately disconnected my PC from the internet. I removed the Ethernet cable and then switched my PC on. Windows was still able to load and I could enter my profile although no internet connection.
I had thought my Microsoft account was stored in the cloud on MS servers somewhere and needed internet connection to load Windows but the above tells me that both MS account and Local accounts must both be stored on my PC. Is this correct?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
needed internet connection to load Windows
No, not every time.
It talks back to the online part of the MSAccount when you do eventually go online but it is not essential for logging in to your computer's MSAccount-linked user account.
- I have a vague memory that you need to go online at every 30 days to avoid an MSAccount-linked user account starting to moan about it.
- There is no equivalent for a Local user account.

Is this correct?
Yes.


Denis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447

You can leave the password fields empty if you do not want a password for the local account....

There's one tiny 'gotcha' when you have a PIN for your MS account and choose to set a blank password for the Local account. The PIN remains in place. This has caught me out several times, I often test switching between Local and MS accounts and back again, using a blank password for the local account. Most of the time you'll never be asked for the PIN, but it's still there and you may be asked for it after you restart the PC.

However, as you're not supposed to be able to have a PIN with a blank password, then the option to remove it is missing in Sign-in Options. I have to temporarily set a password in order to be able to remove the PIN, then I can set it back to a blank password.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
There's one tiny 'gotcha' when you have a PIN for your MS account and choose to set a blank password for the Local account. The PIN remains in place. This has caught me out several times, I often test switching between Local and MS accounts and back again, using a blank password for the local account. Most of the time you'll never be asked for the PIN, but it's still there and you may be asked for it after you restart the PC.

However, as you're not supposed to be able to have a PIN with a blank password, then the option to remove it is missing in Sign-in Options. I have to temporarily set a password in order to be able to remove the PIN, then I can set it back to a blank password.
Hmm. Passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts below shouldn't affect a local account like that. :unsure:

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
No, not every time.
It talks back to the online part of the MSAccount when you do eventually go online but it is not essential for logging in to your computer's MSAccount-linked user account.
- I have a vague memory that you need to go online at every 30 days to avoid an MSAccount-linked user account starting to moan about it.
That explains it. The MS account is in the clouds on MS servers (but connection not needed all the time) and the Local account is on the PCs main drive. Understood now. Thanks.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
@Brink @Try3 - Windows 23H2 Build 22631.3296 - FYI: -
I think this tutorial needs changing due to what happened on my PC today: -

I followed steps 1 and 2 but on step 3 I did not see "Sign in with a local account instead". I saw "Stop signing in to all Microsoft apps automatically". I clicked on that link and it immediately created a local account and switched to it. It was that simple. Steps 1, 2 and 3 then no further steps were required. It really is a simple 'switch' operation now. How simple. Brilliant.
To switch back it looks like all I need to do is click on 'Sign in with a Microsoft account instead'. I may have to enter my Microsoft account email address and password again to switch back but I have not tested that.

I should add that this worked the same way on both my HP 'Windows Professional' machine and my DELL 'Windows Home' machine.

I also discovered that I was still able to access the Microsoft Store and click on 'Get updates' for my apps. No updates were found but I only updated them yesterday so I'll try again in a few days to check status on this.

Stop signing in.png


Sign in with MS account instead.png
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
Further FYI: - The only thing I found after I switched to local account is that my MS Office Professional Plus 2019 remains signed-in. I expected the "Stop signing in to all Microsoft apps automatically" switch to apply to Office as well but it seems that I will have to sign-out of Office manually. I don't use OneDrive.

Office is still signed-in.png
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
More FYI: - Now signed-out of Office 2019. This was also simple.

Signed out of Office 2019 - 17th March 2024.png
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
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