I purchased a brand new Windows 8 PC. During initial boot, it asks me a few questions...one of those, is if I want to login with a Windows account. I tried to and, after being authenticated by the Windows account service, Windows told me it couldn't use the account or something, but not to worry, I could create a local account and simply change it to a Microsoft account later, so I created a local account.
After creating the local account, I tried to change it to a Microsoft account and received this exact error message "We're sorry, but something went wrong. This user wasn't added to this PC code 0xd0000225." I tried to do this with THREE different Microsoft accounts, all which can be used to login to Hotmail with just fine, so, I know the accounts and passwords are just fine...this appears to be a problem with the OEM's Windows installation on the PC (as I have installed Windows 8 myself on other PCs and signed in with my Microsoft account just fine...so I believe Windows 8 works properly, when installed properly)...here's why I believe that:
When I try to switch to my Microsoft account, after providing my username and password, I'm authenticated by the Windows account service, because the next step in the wizard on the PC then shows me the phone number I supplied to the Windows Account service...so clearly, the account service validated me. On this PC, Windows gets all the way to the end of the wizard (so I think it thinks everything regarding the Microsoft account service was fine), but then it throws this error. It's like there is something preventing Windows itself from creating/adding this Microsoft account to the registry, etc., and, as a I mentioned above, I've logged on to Windows 8 PCs I've setup myself just fine, so I suspect that the OEM has done something weird with their installation of Windows which is preventing it from adding the account.
So, the question: What exception in the Windows 8 code is occurring, causing it to throw this error code? What is this error code for, exactly? Armed with that knowledge, we should be able to figure out what setting within Windows we can change to allow the account to be added. My alternative at this point is to simply return this PC to the store, and purchase a PC from a different manufacturer. FYI...I already called the OEM, they simply had me reimage the machine to its factory settings, which I did, and the same thing happens, which is why I believe their OEM image has some wonky setting in it that's causing this.