windows 10 sign in options


Did you know that you can sign in to Windows 10 even if you are using a Microsoft or Local Network Account?  What is the difference between the two?  A Microsoft Account is actually an email address with a password that you use in order to sign in to any Microsoft services and devices using Windows 8 or 10. The local user account on the other hand is a user name and password which you use in order to log-in on a single Windows operated computer. 

The Differences between the Two

Microsoft account is universal, meaning you can use it on many devices while a local account user has to create individual user accounts for different devices. Under the local user, settings you prefer are not synchronized on several devices you maintain. Local account users need to have a Microsoft account in order to download applications from the Store.

How to Check Windows 10 Sign in Options

There are three identification options to find out if you are signed in as a local account user or as a Microsoft Account user. 

  • Checking With Settings – open settings and click or tap the Accounts icon, then click your account found on the left side of your screen.  If you see Local account under user name, then you are signed in as local account user and if it is an email address you are signed as Microsoft account user.
  • Check in the Control Panel – go to Control Panel and click or tap on the User account icon and look at the user account box on the right side of the screen.  If you find an email address below your user name, you are therefore signed in as Microsoft account user and if you read Local Account, then you are signed in as local account user.
  • Check Users in the Control Panel – you need to log in as administrator in order to use this method.  Follow the same procedure described in option 1 or 2.

Windows 10 is available to download here!


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