This is how you use Windows 10 without a Microsoft account

Microsoft would like you to log in with your Microsoft account, instead of an 'offline' account, because things are easier to link this way (think OneDrive, Office 365, and so on). However, not everyone likes that and luckily something can be done about it.

Step 1: Change Microsoft password

When you upgrade to Windows 10, you can log in with your Microsoft account (for example, your old Hotmail account). Not everyone always realizes that this means that you always have to log in with this password from now on. Logging in to your account once with a difficult password is enough, but every day on your computer? Might not be useful. Also read: How to log in to Windows 10 without a password.

To change your Microsoft password, visit and click To register. Then click on your profile picture and View account. Next to your email address you will now see the option change Password. Here you can now easily change your password.

Step 2: Use a PIN

If you don't feel like entering a password at all and you like to log in with a pin code, just like on your smartphone, then that is also possible in Windows 10. To do this, click on the Start button, then on your profile picture and then on Change account settings. Click on the tab Login options and then Add below Pin. You now have to log in one more time with the password of your Microsoft account and then you can choose the pin code you want to use. This is not limited to four digits, you can make it much longer, but remember that it must be a PIN that you can remember yourself.

Step 3: Go Local

It is also possible to log in with a local account. Keep in mind that you will lose some privileges, such as the built-in synchronization with OneDrive and that you have to manually enter your password every time you buy something from the Windows Store. If you don't mind that, disconnecting your Windows account is a snap. Click again Start, your profile picture and then on Account Settings modify. click on Your email and accounts and at the bottom of the window click Sign in with a local account instead. You will then need to enter your Microsoft password once, after which you can log out and log in again with a local password.

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