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Windows 8 - Change Primary Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live)

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My client configured a new Windows 8 computer with an incorrect Microsoft Account for his computer's user account.  He's already copied his data into the new user account and does not want to create a new user account associated with his correct Microsoft Account.  So, how does he change the Microsoft Account associated with an existing user account?  Can it be done by changing the current user account to a local account, then changing it to be associated with the correct Microsoft Account?

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No, I do not think so. Changing the name of the profile is changing the profile, in effect. I looked at my own temporary Windows 8 system with an email address user profile and I could not change it.

Your user will have to establish a new local user profile and move the data into it.

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I had found the bleepingcomputer tutorial about switching from a Microsoft account to a local account, but did not see any reference to switching back to a Microsoft account.  May a person define a DIFFERENT Microsoft account when switching back from a local account to a Microsoft account?
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I think you need to aet up a proper local account and then move your data into it. Delete the former account when finished.
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@bbaumberger - Thank you and I was was happy to help you with this.

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