sign to windows 10 with local account

I am signed in as the administrator with my email address@live.com with microsoft.If i need to sign in to local account do I have to create a password or not. If I do can I use the same one for windows administrator account @live.com. Also what is the difference between the 2 accounts?

Please explain in simple terms.
Thank you
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAsked:
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CompProbSolvCommented:
By default, Windows 10 won't require a password for a local account.
You may use just about anything as a password and it may be the same as your @live.com one.

A login using a Microsoft account will allow many settings to be synchronized with other devices that use the same account.  It is also more difficult to get to your data if one doesn't know that password.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
If you want to be able to sign on with a local account, you will have to create a separate account.  See the following article for instructions:
Create a local user or administrator account in Windows 10

The primary benefit to a Microsoft account is that some of your settings will follow you across devices.  Additionally, if you use a cloud-based file sharing service, such as Microsoft One Drive, or Google Drive, you can easily have your files synced as you move from PC to PC.  Following is a link with a detailed description of the pros and cons.  https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-security/microsoft-account-vs-local-account-on-windows-10/da6826f7-5e9b-48bf-8e0d-bf25456b4e0e?auth=1
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A local account will not have all the Microsoft features as noted above. But you can have a local account (in addition to your Microsoft Account) and it works. I have one. A password is needed and it could be the same as your Microsoft account. All easy to do.

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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
John

Sorry, but u said that U do need a password for the LOCAL ACCOUNT.
CompProbSolv, said U don't
By default, Windows 10 won't require a password for a local account.


Also, is the main advantage I take it is the syncing capablities on different devices using the Microsoft Account vs. the Local
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I always (ALWAYS) use a password so I did not try without.

If you wish a second account to be Microsoft, you need a different email address.

I only use the Local account for special purposes and the main account is a Microsoft Account.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Ok got it, Just one final point to confirm as my previous question which i did not get a reply for.
Is the main advantage is the syncing and u can do more things with the Microsoft account vs. the local account?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Is the main advantage is the syncing and u can do more things with the Microsoft account vs. the local account?

Yes because the Microsoft cloud systems know who you are when using a Microsoft Account.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
If you follow the link in my comment, it will provide details on the benefits of using a MS account vs a local account.
nobusCommented:
i turn off all the settings  - for my privacy - so i only use a local account, without password for myself
i don't need windows syncing with other tools either (no smartphone - nothing) - i take care of what i need myself
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
Whether or not you choose to use a local account, I would highly recommend that you ensure the use of a password.  I realize that it does add a bit of a hassle, but it also helps protect your privacy by preventing easy access to your PC by someone that can gain physical access.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
smart experts indeed
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for your kind comments and I was happy to help you with this.
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