I personally installed the Microsoft Windows 8.1 update to
five different personal computers since October 17, 2013. (Five days ago at
this writing.) For the most part, the upgrade was smooth for all the computers,
as long as you had the time to wait for the download. In general, I am happy
with the upgrade and I continue to recommend it to anyone running the original
However, there is one caveat that I discovered during
installation that everyone should be aware of before they undertake the
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. Since that time, I have had several
questions from readers asking if there was a way to reverse the process. There
is and it is fairly straightforward.
First, go to the Start Screen and type “users” to
get search results. Click the first item in the search results and you will get
a screen similar to Figure A.
Click the Add an account box to reach the screen shown in
How will you sign in?
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.
Clicking that link will take you to the Add a user screen
shown in Figure C. Click the Local account button.
Add a user
After you click the Local account button you will see Figure
D where you can enter your local account credentials.
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