We're excited to announce that we've fully migrated the Xbox Forums to their new home, here on the Microsoft Community forums!
As of today, going to forums.xbox.com will redirect you here to the Xbox area of the Community forums. We've moved all of your existing threads over so you can continue and start conversations with the new forums experience.
We sincerely appreciate the feedback you have provided over this transition and can't wait for you to check out the new Xbox Forums!
Capt Canuck nailed it. If you are not signed in with a Microsoft Account, you will have what is called a Local Account, which means you cannot access the Marketplace, or any other online features, such as Xbox Music.
Also, for some clarity, you don't get a free 6 months to Xbox Music when you purchase Windows 8. What you do get is 6 months of free streaming, with a 10 hour/month limit. You can refer to the
Xbox Music page for more details.
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