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4. Securing Your Windows 8 Computer > Switching to a Local Account

Switching to a Local Account

By default, Windows 8 creates your user account in such a way that it uses your Windows Live login to manage your settings across all your computers, no matter how many PCs and devices you may use to access Windows 8. You can do away with the synchronizing over the web if you want to, but you give up having the ability to sync your settings between your various computers. Start in the PC Settings screen.

>>> Go Further: What Will I Lose by Going Local?

Some people just don’t like the idea that Microsoft is linking their computers to other apps and services in cyberspace (and who knows where). If you want more control over the connections your computer uses, switching to a local account may be your best bet.

If you switch to a local account, you won’t be able to download apps from the Windows Store, share files and photos, or sync your settings between PCs and browsers without logging in to specific apps that enable the sharing. For example, you won’t be able to share photo albums through SkyDrive or get the latest app updates and notifications, unless you do it manually by logging in to your account.


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