Windows 10 – How to Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account

If you are among the users who have the intent to experience Windows 10 but being a local account holder, we bring this article for you showing how to switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account in Windows 10.

In the recent search, it has been found out that all are discussing switching to the Microsoft Account from the Local Account in Windows 10. To download and install any app from the Windows Store you have to get through the Windows 10 system from your Microsoft Account only.

Apart from this, there are certain other tasks for which you have to log in with your Microsoft Account. But we found many users asking for the opposite method. Now, you might think what is need to sign in with a Local Account? Make a local account and allow your children to make their projects in Windows 10. Or you can also allow other users to log in with a Local account as you don’t want to lose your privacy. So, keeping their urge in mind, we bought you the steps of In Windows 10 How to Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account to sustain Privacy, tutelage on other users, assent children to make their projects.

Note: Logging into Windows 10 with a Local account will not provide you any authority to download or install Store apps and also you will lose all the administrative authorities.

How to Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account in Windows 10

  • To make a switch to your Local Account, the prime step is to bring the Settings app window on your screen. You will easily get it from the glassy Start Menu.
Settings app with symbol in the Start Menu
  • The above action will lead to the opening of Settings app windows on your screen. Look for the Accounts section and open it.
Accounts category in the Settings app in Windows 10
  • The left bar reveals a different set of settings. You need to click Your info.
your info accounts settings app
  • On the right pane of Your account, you will be shown your account’s information, your Microsoft Account name and email id.
Microsoft account name with email id under Your account
  • A link of Sign in with a local account instead can be seen. So, to switch to a Local account, you need to take help of the same link. So, make a hit on Sign in with a local account instead link.
Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account on windows 10
  • From this spot, Windows 10 will guide you till the end. For safety reasons, you will be asked to enter your Microsoft Accounts password. Provide your current password in the concerned field. Click Next button.
Current password field for the Microsoft account
  • Now in the following screen, you will be asked to provide a Username for the Local Account along with the password. You can even provide a hint of your password in the Password hint box. Enter the required information properly and click Next to proceed.
Credentials for the new Local Account
  • The next screen will tell you that you are almost done with the switching process. Before you wrap up with the process, ensure that you have saved your active works. To complete the process click on Sign out and finish button.
Sign out and finish button after setting up a Local Account

Now, as you have signed out, to get into Windows 10 select your Local Account and get into the system. You can happily carry out your work in your Local Account just as you used to do it before in the older versions of Windows. The steps are just too easy!!!


If you are afraid that you won’t be able to access those apps which need Microsoft Account to work, don’t worry at all. You can use your Microsoft Account credentials to those apps which require it to unlock them. You can again easily Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account after providing your Microsoft Account credentials for certain applications to open. Switch to your Local Account and tell us in case you face any difficulty in the process or post switching. Take help of the comments form and don’t hesitate to share with us.

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Topics:  Windows 10
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

  1. I am looking for Favorites bar and I am not finding them. Please help.

  2. Susan Walker_Meere


    I want my local account back but NOT with a password. Just plain log in like I had a day ago before I ‘accidentally’ switched to my Microsoft account. I don’t want to have to log in with a password each time!!!

  3. Hey Pat,
    Go to your Microsoft Account and recover what you want.

  4. I seem to forgotten my local windows password…. any help??

  5. Hi Raman, At First if you have any third party Antivirus, uninstall it. Try to change the attribute of all files in the drive to attrib -r -s c:*

  6. Raman B Chauhan


    Windows 10 upgrade from Win 7 has resulted in all my Documents being Read only. I have tried everything and they return to RO everytime I reset the folder properties.

    How can I fix this. I even copied the folder and it does the same.
    Help me please.


  7. You can have both the account. Please follow the steps carefully. Where are getting trouble?

  8. Mike Peterson


    I have just wasted 45 minutes setting up a local account for my wife on her laptop. A lot of the tiles she had set up with the previous Microsoft account had disappeared as had the ‘settings’ link (a vital feature). None of the tiles worked properly, some not at all so we have had to revert back to the Microsoft account. Why can’t we have both login options when switching on? Windows 10 only seems to allow either a local account or a Microsoft account, not both. This is unacceptable. Microsoft please take note!