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<Sangeeta Sarkar replied>"Microsoft account" is the new name for what used to be called a "Windows Live ID." Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Outlook.com, OneDrive, Windows Phone, or Xbox LIVE. If you use an email address and password to sign in to these or other services, you already have a Microsoft account—but you can also sign up for a new one at any time.
An administrator/Local account is a user account that lets you make changes that will affect other users. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, and access all files on the computer. Administrators can also make changes to other user accounts.
Using Microsoft Account you will be able to access all the apps and other programs that requires you to login with the Microsoft Account. You can Create multiple number of user account according to your requirements.
I would suggest you to follow the below link on Microsoft account and Administrator account and check if it helps to resolve your issue
Your reply is not entirely accurate, and is certainly very confusing. The grouping is not "Microsoft account vs. Administrator account". A user account can be any combination of a Microsoft vs. Local account and an Administrator vs. Standard account. I expect better from a Microsoft employee!
Administrator account Standard account Local Account Default in Windows 7 and earlier; user can install programs and make system changes Default for additional users in Windows 7 and earlier; user cannot make system changes, and can install only certain software Microsoft Account Default in Windows 8 and later; user can install programs and make system changes; they sign in with their Microsoft password, and the account is synced with the Microsoft Store. Default for additional users in Windows 8 and later; user cannot make system changes, and can install only certain software; they sign in with their Microsoft password, and the account is synced with the Microsoft store
Now to answer the original questions:
- You can use the Windows Store and install apps.
- All apps automatically sign into your Microsoft Account, and will not prompt for your credentials.
- You are forced to login with your email password, which, unlike your easy (or non-existent) Windows login password should be a long and complicated password because it can be hacked at 24/7 from the Internet. However, this password makes unlocking your computer needlessly complicated. The other option is a PIN, which is much less secure than even a weak password.
- Because your password changes and the Microsoft Account involves signing into Microsoft servers, your computer may become unusable if your Internet connection goes down or you're in a place that doesn't have WiFi. As a computer technician, this is a huge nuisance for me (they give me password, machine can't connect, password doesn't work).
- Anybody who your share your Windows login password with (coworkers, computer technicians, friends, family members) now know your email password and can hijack your Microsoft Account because the passwords are the same. People are shocked when I bring this information to their attention.
- A lot more of your personal information and computer usage habits are sent to Microsoft on a regular basis, and they are tied to your Microsoft Account, which has your name, emails and any other activity you do that involves Microsoft.
- Your full name and email address are known by Windows, readily accessible to any program running on your PC (including viruses, which will gladly add it to spam lists), and trumpeted on your computer's login and lock screen, not exactly desirable if you don't want all your coworkers to know your personal email address.
- Some settings will sync between all your devices, which may be undesirable. For example if you want taskbar autohiding enabled on your tablet but not on your desktop.
- Is confusing for administrators setting security permissions, because all the account names change to email addresses, but internally still work as account names.
- Is more private.
- Always works, regardless of Internet connectivity.
- Can have any name/screen name you wish, instead of sharing your email address to everyone who walks by your locked computer.
- Can have any password you wish, and it is totally separate from your (hopefully) secure email password.
- Can't use some apps.
- Apps that do work require manual sign-in one by one.
- The app sign-in dialog tries to trick you into converting your Standard Account into a Microsoft Account.
Bottom line: If you're not planning on using the Windows Store or any of the apps, avoid a Microsoft Account at all costs. Most of the apps are junk anyway.
If you wish to use no logon password and have your computer boot directly to the desktop, click Start, type "netplwiz", press [Enter], and untick Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
Your well thought, well stated answer has verified what I thought was the case with Microsoft accounts since they were thrown at us with Windows 8.1 or 10 or whenever it was. I believe it is an attempt to increase participation and usage of their proprietary software and worlds up in the clouds. IOW "If those little users are going to use Windows then they darn well better enroll, buy, use, exist in more of our products!"
Thank you for the clarity of this post!