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Skip “Sign in to your Microsoft account” (Windows 8.1 Setup)?

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  • I have an RT tablet and updated it to Windows 8.1. The update basically performs the new PC setup. I can't get past the "Sign into your Microsoft Account".

    Clicking "Next" does not allow me to proceed (and provides an error hint for an email address). Repeatedly clicking "Next" with no information has not allowed me to bypass the screen (I've tried 20 or 30 times now).

    Clicking "Don't have an account" does nothing because its not linked.

    The other two options are "Create an account" a "Privacy statement". I don't want to create an account for this tablet, and I'm not interested in Microsoft's perverted terms of service for an account.

    In Windows 8.0, we were given the option to use local authentication (if I recall the name correctly). The link was basically hidden, but it was present.

    How do I bypass this f**king feature? Or how do I go back to Windows 8.0?



    Friday, October 18, 2013 8:43 AM

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  • Hello,

    You should be able to click "Create an account", then at the bottom of the following screen there is a link that says "use existing account", which uses the local account yous set up when you installed Windows 8.

    I went through the same thing and was frustrated.  I was about to give in and create an account when I discovered this.  Why can't this be on the previous screen. 

    Why you no use common sense Microsoft? 


    Friday, October 18, 2013 2:02 PM

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  • Hello,

    You should be able to click "Create an account", then at the bottom of the following screen there is a link that says "use existing account", which uses the local account yous set up when you installed Windows 8.

    I went through the same thing and was frustrated.  I was about to give in and create an account when I discovered this.  Why can't this be on the previous screen. 

    Why you no use common sense Microsoft? 


    Friday, October 18, 2013 2:02 PM
  • > went through the same thing and was frustrated.  I was
    > about to give in and create an account when I discovered
    > this.  Why can't this be on the previous screen.
    > Why you no use common sense Microsoft?

    As I said on another thread:

    <blockquote>Man I hope the FTC opens an investigation on Microsoft business practices. If this were examined in detail, I bet this would violate antitrust due to the illegal tying of services. (And you can't opt-out of the ad programs that are piled onto these "features" - you can only "personalize" the ads).</blockquote>

    And its not just Microsoft - its Apple and Google, too.

    • Proposed as answer by Ralph Malph 2 Wednesday, November 06, 2013 7:44 PM
    Friday, October 18, 2013 10:51 PM
  • or just keep pressing next or cancel at setup and it will automatically use local. Simple very smart MS. Even better yet a simple search of the forums would have found your answer. Common sense

    • Edited by colakid Friday, October 18, 2013 11:40 PM
    Friday, October 18, 2013 11:36 PM
  • Actually IT IS NOT COMMON SENSE! Common sense would be for Microsoft to use the existing accounts, since it is an "upgrade", without EVER prompting one to do anything else. DUH. Anything less that that is NOT common sense.But the practice of tricking people into giving up their email address and/or creating/signing in to Win 8 with a "Microsoft" account etc is just plain EVIL!. It is NEVER in the best interest of the user to give out personal info just to use an OS. And for Microsoft to trick people in to doing so by HIDING the options to avoid it should be criminal. At the very least it is extremely immoral of them to do so. Metro/Start is nothing but a mini monopoly waiting to happen, just like the new Office 365. It should be avoided AT ALL COSTS! By DEFAULT the ONLY moral option that should be offered by Microsoft is to setup an account that DOES not EVER want to know your real name etc so that ALL web surfing etc is 100% anonymous, so much so that Microsoft can't even tell who you are. Nothing less than that should be illegal to say the least. But lets face it those powers that be that own our government are not about to let that happen. Heaven forbid they can't track us and spam us at will, not mention making it easy for the NSA to spy on us etc, and Microsoft is not about to step up and do something to protect their customers form such intrusion.l In fact they want to be in on it so that they can get a cut of the profits. In fact they would like to fix it so that they will get a cut out of ALL the spying and spamming that goes on on the internet and is one of the main reason they want your email address. HOW DISGUSTING!!!!!

    The real correct answer is that Microsoft STOP collecting email addresses and starts recommending that users NEVER give real info when setting up Windows or any other software etc and that they are encouraged to use pseudo names for the account. Never a real name or email address. NEVER! Anonymity on the web should be guaranteed by MS not the opposite.

    Ralph

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013 7:28 PM
  • I just did a scratch install of Win 8 then an an upgrade to 8.1 for evaluation and testing. What JUNK! First it doesn't by default use my existing accounts and tries to trick the unknowing, normal, not a TECH user in to giving up their personal email etc it then moves the desktop option so it is not as obvious. Then when you are in it it the "so called" start button they added just takes you back to metro. You have to right click on it to get anything like the Win 7 start button. What JUNK! I have not found a way to get rid of it so that the only start button I have is the 3rd party one I installed to get back a Win 7 type of start button and gain some proper control over MY system.

    The update was so stupid it couldn't even remember how I had my resolution and dual monitors setup. It seems to be totally oblivious to my Win 8 setting. What a failure of Microsoft. What JUNK!!!!! As thing currently stand I am going to have to recommend to my customers that they don't WAIST their time on the Win 81. update as it buys them NOTHING but trouble and actually makes matters worse. What JUNK WARE!

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013 7:43 PM
  • PSPS.. It now thinks my two wide screen monitors are square boxed. It will not give me a an option that matches my native resolution. (I have Dell monitors and am using a Dell opti 755 with an AMD video card installed) Win 8.0 did this without me installing a single driver. Win 8.1 should be called "8.0 - 1" as it is less intelligent that the original 8.0 was.

    It also does not even seem to know that I have two monitors, although it is showing a picture on both of them in clone mode.And the stupidity and evil of MS continues. I tried to install my PREFERRED start button, a 3rd party product that worked excellently on Win 8 but the new Win 8.1 Junk Start button keeps coming up not the one I want, and my system keeps booting in to the CRAPWARE Metro instead of the desktop which is what I WANT IT TO DO! How disgusting!!!!

    Ralph

    I'll keep posting my observations and any fixes I fine here as I continue to evaluate Win 8 vs 8.1 etc. At least for today anyway. I don't want to waist to much time on it as the real answer to 8.1 is to simply NOT install it. DUH, and that is COMMON SENSE.

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013 8:45 PM
  • >and my system keeps booting in to the CRAPWARE Metro instead of the desktop which is what I WANT IT TO DO!
     
    Right click on the desktop task bar ->properties -> Navigation tab -> checkmark "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start".
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Wednesday, November 06, 2013 10:04 PM
  • OK, after several attempts it seems that I was finally able to get the 3rd party Start button in control and get it to boot straight in to the desktop. I am using the "Classic Start Menu" ver 4.0.2. It can be found here. Get a REAL start button for Win 8-8.1 here (http://www.classicshell.net)

    And don't forget about the Gadgets, the best add on Microsoft has come up with in years. (At least since the win 7 version) You can find them here.. "http://8gadgetpack.net/" Win 8 Gadgets here

    Good luck

    Ralph

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013 10:20 PM
  • Same sequence most folks go through...

    • Miss a few carefully hidden steps.
    • Become flabbergasted that Microsoft has made it worse than the OS it's replacing.
    • Figure out that there's nothing of merit in the Metro/Modern side.
    • Slowly and steadily discover 3rd party tools and configuration tweaks that bring the functionality you need back.
    • Start over with a clean installation, this time armed with more information, and get more things right this time.

     

    I wrote a book on it just so I could keep it all straight.  And yes, it's just barely possible (with an UNPRECEDENTED amount of trouble and 3rd party software) to get Windows 8.1 to be about 100% as functional as Windows 7.

    The only problem with all this is that for all your trials, tribulation, and trouble you get a NEW system that's just as functional as the old one.  Not better.  I didn't say 110%. 

    If you're not looking to spend money in the Microsoft App Store for toys, there's really no compelling reason right now, other than the intangible benefit of "keeping current", to upgrade.  That benefit will, of course, grow over time, until it will be as ridiculous to continue running Windows 7 as it is today to be running XP.

    Contrary to popular lore, Windows 8 / 8.1 aren't even any faster overall than Windows 7.  I did the testing.  the only thing Windows 8+ offers is faster bootup time, owing to some trickery that actually comes with a downside.

      

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

    Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options
    Configure The Windows 8 "To Work" Options

    Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:30 AM
  • Why you no use common sense Microsoft? 

    I think this is my quote of the day.  Hilarious.
    Monday, December 16, 2013 7:27 PM
  • Click Cancel and unplug your network cable or deactivate your WiFi connection. Then you will be able to create a local account.
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:09 AM
  • guess they're pulling a Google (YouTube)... trying to 'forcefully' assimilate users into the hive.
    Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:10 PM
  • Just so it's stated clearly in this thread, it IS quite possible to go through a clean Windows 8.1 install and choose to create a local account. The links you need to take are dim and small, apparently so most people will miss them, but they ARE there.

    See the screen grabs here: 

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/c1b984c3-bad8-4c88-8326-72039a0bf14b/local-accounts-in-windows-81?forum=w8itprogeneral#9f447018-f3b6-4fae-85fc-c2c3ba2eb760

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

    Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options
    Configure The Windows 8 "To Work" Options

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:33 PM
  • Anyone know how to reverse it if you felt forced to provide the Microsoft account info  (or change it).  I hate that I know have to take yet another step to sign in!

    Thanks for any hints you may provide!

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:21 PM
  • Control Panel -> User accounts -> Make changes to my account in PC Settings -> Disconnect.

    Bob Comer Microsoft MVP -- Hyper-V

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:47 PM
  • I have to agree that this is not intuitive and lends itself to forcing people into opening an account.

    Big IT companies have become sheepherders and guess who the sheep are? The future appears to be that of big data gathering and technological feudalism.

    Pioneered by a fruit company and ironically by another whose motto is something about not being evil.

    MS, don't go that route!


    Miguel Fra | Falcon IT Services, Miami, Fl.
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    Monday, February 24, 2014 1:46 AM
  • By the way, for future readers of this thread, when installing Windows 8 watch specifically for these prompts.  Don't be fooled by their being dim.

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

    Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options
    Configure The Windows 8 "To Work" Options

    Monday, February 24, 2014 3:43 AM
  • 1. THANK YOU for your justified retort (IT IS NOT 'EASY' in any but a 180 degree definition of the word), as well as the further justified excoriating of win8...

    2. i really am OS -agnostic, and win8.1 is the one which would push me into the loving embrace of linux, were it not for some specific must-have applications which are windows-based...  i can get just-as-good-or-better equivalents for most everything but a few programs...

    3. win 7 was a damn decent OS, and really had few complaints about it: THE NUMBER ONE thing i require of an OS, is to be stable, and get out of my way...  win7 did that... 

    win 8/metro ? TOTAL bullshit for a desktop computer (where i was 'forced' to get it, and i'm damned if i'll pay the bastard for another copy of win7 because win8 sucks that bad)...

     my better half laughed at me and mocked me for my cursing during my initial (and STILL) attempts  to use win8; then *SHE* had to sit down at my computer to get something done, and she - who NEVER cusses- was swearing at win8 within 3-4 minutes...

    Monday, March 17, 2014 11:31 PM
  • THE NUMBER ONE thing i require of an OS, is to be stable, and get out of my way...  win7 did that... 

    We think a lot alike.

    After a great deal of analysis, research, and testing with VMs to determine what it would take to turn Windows 8 into a workable, serious system, I finally moved up from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 (fresh clean install from DVD). 

    EVEN WITH an unprecedented effort an number of 3rd party applications to restore Microsoft-deleted functionality, EVEN THOUGH I never see the Metro/Modern side (and in fact couldn't run a Metro/Modern App if I wanted to), it turns out that Windows 8.1 is really no more functional than Windows 7.  Really, seriously, the ONLY thing I can do that I couldn't before (without 3rd party software) is mount an .iso file.  Big whoop.

    I've got it to be just as stable as Windows 7, thankfully.  That is to say, perfectly stable.  I reboot only once a month, when Windows Updates require it. 

    I've got it to be just about as functional as Windows 7 on the Desktop (Start button/menu on the desktop via Classic Shell, Aero Glass via Aero Glass for Win 8.1, etc.). 

    But after ALL THAT - it turns out Windows 8.1 is a few percent slower than Windows 7.  I've done rigorous testing and benchmarks on identical hardware.

    Not really worth changing to unless, like me, you really want to prove it could actually be done, and you like to "keep current".

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

    Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options
    Configure The Windows 8 "To Work" Options



    • Edited by Noel Carboni Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:50 AM typo
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:46 AM
  • Just figured it out by myself. Sneaky bloody microsoft!!
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:20 AM
  • LOL!  +1

    I attempted to install 8.1 today.  After and hour or so I came to the same conclusion when I evaluated 8.  We will skip this version too. 

    I have to thank Microsoft for Win8 though.  Because of this fiasco I started to evaluate alternatives.  Now a large portion of our user base now use thin clients that rdp into a ubuntu server.  We're saving a bundle in hardware and Windows licensing fees.  Thanks Microsoft!

    Monday, May 05, 2014 7:02 PM
  • Actually, it is NOT common sense. And yes, a simple search of the forums would have given the answer. Is this not a forum? Is this not a place where people can ask questions of their peers, and open dialogues for discussion? 
    Friday, May 16, 2014 9:41 PM
  • ^ Well said
    Friday, May 16, 2014 9:42 PM