On Windows 8.1, there's a much simpler method that doesn't involve creating a new user account.
Open the Start menu and start typing "Your Account". Select "Your account settings" when it shows up in the list.
There's a link that says something like "Disconnect Microsoft Account." Click that.
You will have the change the account name and enter a new password.
And you're done. It's a much shorter trip than the one in the article, and it doesn't involve losing data or creating a new user profile, which can be a serious pain if you have a lot of stuff installed.
I really have no idea why Microsoft chose this way of handling the Microsoft account situation.
Trying to deploy it at several locations created a lot of weird network share issues and user management issues.
I wish they would've just let you make a normal Local Account and link your Microsoft account to it instead of over-writing the actual account info the way they do it now.
Here again Microsoft trying to be an Apple with mandatory registered email and passwords.
Good article here. Now can you write one on how to live with a local account without being desktop-bound? Nearly every Windows 8 app you open is going to want to link to a Microsoft account and it sometimes seems as if the only, or only efficient, way to do this is if you actually log in with one.
You can. Don't remember how, but I do remember that it's nicely obfuscated. Look carefully at the options as you go and you should be able to find it, though.
There's a link at the bottom of the window that says something like "I'm not xxx"
In Win XP Pro you could go into the user directory and change the current account name to XXX.old then create a new account with name YYY then rename the rename it to YYY.old and then rename XXX.old to YYY... this would keep all your already established settings under the original User Name... Haven't tried it in Win 8.1... Because of the hook to Online account name I'm thinking it won't work... Any ideas...?
Have a lot on non-MS applications already tied to the online account...
Sure would like to change them...
This appears to be a neat little command. But I'm not sure I understand the point of it.
Make sure you are logged on as your regular user account, and then open an administrator mode command prompt as above. Type the following command:
net user administrator /active:no
You don't need to log out as Administrator to disable the Administrator account. All it takes is an administrator level account, and "Administrator" is one of those. The point is, you can issue this command while still logged on as Administrator, you don't have to log out first.
What do you mean by "regular" user account? Would that be a user account with "standard" user permissions? If that's what you're referring to then this whole guide is pointless. Because I just created a standard user account on a Windows 7 Ultimate in VM just to test this. It turns out that, when you log on as a "standard" user, you cannot activate the built-in "Administrator" account with the fancy command line above. Access is denied.
C:\Users\Standard>net user Administrator /activate:yes
System error 5 has occurred.
Access is denied.
A second reason why this whole thing seems pointless is the fact that you need to have an administrator level account to activate the built-in "Administrator" account. So if you are an administrator level user already, what's the point in activating the built-in administrator account to begin with? Does the "Administrator" account have some fancy privileges that the regular admin users don't? By regular here I mean the admin account you created during installation of Windows Vista, 7, 8.x and any other admin account you may have created thereafter.
I tried doing it through the
lusrmgr.msc and got the same results. Access is denied. This was expected. So would someone care to explain the purpose of the built-in "Administrator" account then? If you need to have an administrator account already to activate it? In which case you wouldn't even bother activating the built-in account, because you can do pretty much the same (exact the same?) things with your own administrator account as with the built-in one.
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