The other day I was in a Hotel that didn’t have a WiFi connection. I tried to log into my Windows 8 laptop, and couldn’t. That was quite annoying. To log in locally, you need to make a local account, here’s how to do it.
When you’re first setting up Windows 8, it’s recommended to use your Microsoft account, but there is an option to login without using your Microsoft account.
But, most users will use their Microsoft account to to set up their machine. Here’s how to create a local user account after you’ve already set up Windows 8. When I tried to log in with out a Microsoft Account, I got this screen. I didn’t have time to sit and mess with creating a local account, but I did later.
Open Control Panel >> PC Settings and under Your Account, click Add a User.
Now, click Don’t Want This User to Sign In With a Microsoft Account.
Next, on the Add User screen, click Local Account.
Enter in the User Name, Password and Password Hint. Then hit Next.
That’s it! Click Finish.
The next time you log off of restart your machine, you can log into your local account. However, it’s not that obvious. To see it, click the arrow on the left of your online logon.
Then you’ll see the new account, click on the local account you just created.
Go ahead and log in to your Windows 8 system. I recommend using a different password that your Windows Account.
There you have it! Now you can check your local files and get things done without having Internet access.
While the Live login is nice in a lot of situations because it syncs between machines, sometimes you just want to log in locally. Good thing there is a way!