Windows 8 Tips

How was my installation of Windows 8.1 update? What Should you expect from this upgrade? Tips to install Windows 8.1 


Windows 8.1 Pro Update


I personally installed the Microsoft Windows 8.1 update (free to Windows 8 users).  The upgrade was smooth for all my computers. The download time was "sloooow" (very slow) . In general, I am happy with the upgrade, its new features and fixes. I continue to recommend it to anyone running the original Windows 8.
However, there is problem (as I see it) during installation that everyone should be aware of before they undertake the process.
TIP: After you install Windows 8.1,  you will be asked to sign in to a Microsoft Live account. There will be no apparent way to move past that screen if your intention is to only have a local account. Here is the trick: Click the Create New Account link and then at the bottom of that next screen you will see a link that will let you cancel the process. You will then login using your local account.

Many users got caught by this poorly implemented log in process and ended up creating and / or using a Microsoft account to log in to their new Windows 8.1 operating system.
You can reverse the process and it is fairly straightforward.


1.  First, go to the Start Screen and type "users" to get search results. Click the first item in the search results


2.  Click the Add an account box


3.  Of course, Microsoft wants you to create a new account with them, but you can click the link at the bottom of the screen that says: Sign in without a Microsoft account. You can just ignore the "not recommended" advice.


4.  Clicking that link will take you to the Add a user screen


5.  After you click the Local account button you will see where you can enter your local account credentials.


6.  Click the next button and then the Finish button and you will have created a new Local account that you can log into instead of your Microsoft account.


Good Luck with your update installation.



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