There are two types of Windows 10 user accounts, “Local account” and “Microsoft account“. You can switch between Local account and Microsoft account.
Local account has traditionally been used in from previous versions of Windows. This account is only associated with the device it was added to. Offline account is just another term for Local account, not online.
A Local account works only on that specific Computer and it’s nothing more than an account to access the PC.
On the other hand, Microsoft account can be associated with multiple devices you own, syncing files, apps, and Windows settings.
Note: Even If you are logged in as a Local account, you can use Microsoft Online service such as Windows Store with entering your Microsoft account information when starting Online services.
Microsoft account is the name for what was previously called Windows Live ID, and it consists of a email address and a password.
If you have ever used Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox, Windows Phone, the email address and password you use for any of those services is your Microsoft account, then you already have a Microsoft account.
By signing in with “Microsoft Account“, you can access and use online storage service OneDrive“, E-mail service “Outlook.com“, online game, apps and games from Microsoft Store etc. by linking computer and internet service.
Sign in with Local account
Although using a Microsoft account is has many advantages to using Microsoft Online services across multiple devices, there are also users who just want to use local accounts.
▼ Although Microsoft would prefer you sign in to Windows with Microsoft account, you can create and log in with Local account. First, click 1> Settings > Accounts, Or press Shortcut keys.
▼ On 1Your Info tab, the type of account currently in use is 2“Microsoft account” at the right pane. Click 3“Sign in with a local account instead” below that.
▼ Next, enter 1Current Password of Microsoft account. Make sure the 2Caps Lock key is not on. Click 3button.
▼ Enter 1User Name, Password and Reenter password, Password hint and click 2button.
▼ Clicking 1button, Windows will restarts and the currently active Microsoft account will be automatically logged off.
▼ As shown below, you can see that you have switched to 2“Local Account” in 1“Your Info” tab. You can switch back to Microsoft account at any time, clicking 3Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
▼ However, synchronization settings are not available. The message, 2Some Windows features are only available if you are using a Microsoft account or work account is displayed. You must switch back to Microsoft account in order to use 1Sync your settings.