We saw on line that we could upgrade our current Windows 8.0 install to Windows 8.1 pro for free. We went thru the process and downloaded the software and began the upgrade. We stopped where it says that we now have to create a Microsoft Account to complete the upgrade. We don't want another account that someone is selling or tracking us with, we don't plan to purchase anything from the Windows Store, we will not be using cloud storage, and we don't want all our pc's syncing up settings our whatever they think is useful.... I don't want to sign into my pc using my "Microsoft Account" ....i want to log in with my own local account. Is there a work around for this or a way to circumvent it? Or is Windows 8 my last Microsoft OS.