Benefits of connecting to MS Account???

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by MonarchX, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

    May 5, 2007
    I always assumed I had to do it to make Store work, but it appears that is not the case. I easily download and use Store Apps and so far syncing of settings, for which I do not care, is the only reason to connect Windows 10 to MS Account. Is there something I am missing..? I guess Xbox App won't let me sign in is another down-side of staying MS-Account-Free.
  2. dhjohns

    dhjohns MDL Guru

    Sep 5, 2013
    I always sign in with MS account. It just makes everything more seamless IMHO. No downside to signing in, so why not?
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  3. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

    Dec 24, 2011
    Because our primary devices are Macs, iPads and Linux Mint?
  4. WindowsGeek

    WindowsGeek MDL Addicted

    Jun 30, 2015
    your one drive if u store info in the MS cloud u need to log in with your ms account.
  5. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

    Jul 15, 2016
    Some people are concerned about giving away even more of their privacy, I' m not . Despite that, I saw no point in signing in to a MS account, and up to now I got on fine without it.
  6. NsaFarm

    NsaFarm MDL Junior Member

    Mar 29, 2017
    Lots of reasons as to why not. Only a few in the why column.

    1. Cloud stuff (apps, files)
    2. Sync Settings across W10 devices.
  7. frepsz

    frepsz MDL Junior Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    You can actually sign into apps without using a live account for the main windows user. If you do use one, your user profile directory path will contain at least 1 space, which may cause problems for older programs. If your name has non-ASCII characters and it gets into the user profile path, prepare for a lot of trouble in old programs.

    This can be worked around by first making an offline account using a single-word name containing only ASCII characters, and then turning it into a live account. But is it worth the trouble? I see no reason to do that. Cloud stuff means nothing until clients are available for all platforms (android, linux etc.). Competitors do have them. Syncing settings means syncing bugs too. Think twice before enabling it.
  8. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

    May 5, 2007
    I agree, although up until recently I did sign in because I thought I had to do that to use Store and such, but that was not the case all along! Syncing settings IMO is a no-no. I only let Chrome sync browser-related Chrome settings on my phones, but I don't let Google sync my Android OS settings. New versions come out, changes are made, bugs removed, bugs introduced. If you want go clean - format drive + clean install, then do exactly that - go CLEAN. Syncing settings = NOT clean, not to mention you may change your opinion about settings you've used. If you decide that you don't want those 20 Store Apps you used to like on new clean OS install, then it will add extra work during sync process since you will have to click CANCEL DOWNLOAD 20 times. I also hope MS syncs Store-only + Edge settings because syncing actual desktop registry, files you had, and etc. would be too much, yet that is what the next Windows-Cloud OS Service is gong to do for DESKTOPS. Google managed that for Android, but Android began as a mobile OS, one simpler than a desktop OS, so it made sense, but full-blown cloud-based OS for desktop PC's and laptops is just nuts! I think I went off-topic a bit...
  9. shakeyhome

    shakeyhome MDL Novice

    Mar 3, 2015
    By connecting to my Microsoft account I was able to transfer my Windows 10 Pro license from a dead tablet to my son's new PC.
    IMHO, that's reason enough.
  10. guanellaluigi

    guanellaluigi MDL Novice

    Feb 18, 2008
    Another disadvantage of a Sync account happens if you have multiple keyboard layouts.
    I have a Pc with a national language (non-english) keyboard and a tablet which came from china with an english keyboard.
    The keyboard layout seems to be stored centrally, associated with your account and not with your device.
    Depending on which device you register last, it's likely you will get the wrong layout on the other device
  11. lievre

    lievre MDL Senior Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Microsoft account make it easier when you have multiple computer, at least for me.

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  12. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

    Oct 30, 2009
    I really don't get this question from someone butchering and chopping the heck out of his windows because of the paranoia of MSFT "spying" on them (among other reasons). After doing all that and next connecting his windows to MSFT to have the "cloud experience".
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  13. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    One of the reasons I hate the MS signing is very simple. Often various people give me they PC/laptop/tablet to "fix".
    We have to understand that 90% of computers users have NO CLUE at all.

    So with local account I can reset password, without NEED to know the original password, check the profile etc

    With MS login account I can NOT, user either has to give me password, or reset it. Total nightmare.

    I also would not allow kids to login with MS account for the same reason (unless I keep list of they passwords, as they do forget on weekly/monthly schedule, especially when forced to reset it

  14. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

    Feb 11, 2009
    It's exactly the same as resetting the local account except you need to delete all items with internet reference and cache.
    I'm assuming you're booting winpe & using regedit and not some 3rd party tool...
  15. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    Resetting password via Regedit? No, always use ntpwed06
  16. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

    Nov 18, 2012
    It will marry your login info with your activation so that if you install on a different motherboard it will have option to transfer activation. (I think)
    I haven't actually tested this, but supposedly in the previous iteration they started doing this.

    Other than that it's basically like an online version of Windows 10. Some apps come to life and start giving notifications and such.
    If you're paranoid about giving data to MS, you might consider signing in once and then converting back to local account.
  17. xano

    xano MDL Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I like the Microsoft cloud experience where I can sync preferences between my PCs. I also like Windows Store apps, and so do my kids. It also gives me better options to restore my activation if I'm going to change the motherboard or a complete system overhaul. I don't see any downside to using a MS account.
  18. pf100

    pf100 MDL Expert

    Oct 22, 2010
    The only use I've found for an MS account is to register my device in case of major hardware change like others have mentioned. After I register the device, I switch back to a local account. I've found that some devices won't register, like my 2008 hp 6710b laptop that originally came with Vista Business that I used the Windows 7 genuineticket.xml trick on. It has a legit digital license for Windows 10 Pro now, it just won't show up under devices on my MS account. My desktop gaming machine doesn't show up in my MSA devices either. The only machine I have that does show up in MSA devices is an acer laptop that originally came with Windows 8. I don't use store apps. And all of my machines were upgraded to windows 10 Pro using the Windows 7 genuineticket.xml method. I like using Windows 10 like Windows 7 where it's just a computer I install programs on. I use startisback++ and hide the store apps with that. Out if sight, out of mind.
  19. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

    Oct 18, 2014
    well my answer for this is simple: when I make fresh install on any(my) pc/laptop with Windows 8.1/Windows 10 the first thing that I make is run\regedit\search for HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\Enable LUA=0 after restart after open gpedit.msc and configure for NO Sync until now I haven't issues :rolleyes:
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  20. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    And I like nothing like that happening!