OK - I had a Windows 8 machine which I have just upgraded to Windows 8.1.
On the original machine I had a LOCAL user account - lets call it LocalUser as the one and only account. It had all the email, internet, desktop and application settings just the way I wanted them.
When I upgraded to Windows 8.1 it insisted on me creating a new Microsoft account - there was no option to upgrade using the existing local account. So I created a new Microsoft account - lets call it firstname.lastname@example.org
When the upgrade was complete then all the settings from my original local account were copied to the new Microsoft account and the old local account is no longer there.
Problem is I don't want to have to log in with this new Microsoft account - I want to use a local account for privacy reasons and also to allow me to use the auto-logon utility (which I believe cant be done with a Microsoft account.
I can create a new local user account now that the system is set-up - but how can I copy all the settings, preferences and files currently associated with the Microsoft account to a new local account?