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How do I turn off WIndows 8.1 Password?

#1MarblesbunbunPosted 3/6/2014 12:10:24 PM
So, I got a media PC for my living room, it works as both a DVR and Media server.
The only problem is, since day one it's been password locked because of 8.1 and I have no clue how to turn off this feature.

It becomes a problem since the PC has to be for the TV to get Signal from the cable and game devices, unless we re-wire the living room... and our entire collection of digital movies are stored on the HD.

So yea, the only fix I've found is AutoLogIn but I was hoping more for an option somewhere.
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#2SinisterSlayPosted 3/6/2014 12:11:51 PM
Not sure if it's still true in Windows 8.
But in 7 and older, you just went into the user control panel and deleted the password, or changed the password to blank.
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#3Marblesbunbun(Topic Creator)Posted 3/6/2014 12:14:07 PM
SinisterSlay posted...
Not sure if it's still true in Windows 8.
But in 7 and older, you just went into the user control panel and deleted the password, or changed the password to blank.


It uses my email password and account.
Part of setting up WIn 8.1 it had me put in my email account and linked directly to it.

You gotta remember, Wins 8.1 is more of a sales machine than an OS.
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#4jonnyram4000Posted 3/6/2014 12:16:22 PM
this should help works for my media pc http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/fl/auto-logon-windows-8.htm
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#5cancerstormPosted 3/6/2014 12:22:29 PM
win+c ->settings -> change pc settings -> users -> switch to local account

at least that's how it was in windows 8. there was an option to use a local account rather than your email account when setting it up
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#6ShubPosted 3/6/2014 12:28:13 PM(edited)
Marblesbunbun posted...
Part of setting up WIn 8.1 it had me put in my email account and linked directly to it.


Most likely you just missed the option that let you set up a local account during setup, more like. You can unlink it from your Microsoft account after the fact, though. See the post above mine.

Marblesbunbun posted...
You gotta remember, Wins 8.1 is more of a sales machine than an OS.


You gotta remember, a lot of the features that leverage your Microsoft account are there for your convenience and are all free, such as Skype, Outlook.com, OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), etc.
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#7gastamanPosted 3/6/2014 12:37:02 PM
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#8OmdiePosted 3/6/2014 8:09:56 PM
I did follow the tutorial http://t.co/8G5EuVfdCX to turn off lost Windows 8.1 password easily!
#9PsythikPosted 3/6/2014 8:34:05 PM
Marblesbunbun posted...
SinisterSlay posted...
Not sure if it's still true in Windows 8.
But in 7 and older, you just went into the user control panel and deleted the password, or changed the password to blank.


It uses my email password and account.
Part of setting up WIn 8.1 it had me put in my email account and linked directly to it.

You gotta remember, Wins 8.1 is more of a sales machine than an OS.
Next time, install Win 8.1 with the ethernet cable unplugged. That way it can't force you to use your Microsoft account as your login.
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#10SlaynPosted 3/6/2014 8:40:22 PM
http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1183077-windows-81-how-to-unlink-your-user-account-from-ms-account/

I tried, but the account settings button doesn't work for me. I also get weird errors, when i do a fresh boot, my desktop is blank. It takes about 5 mins to load my icons. I can open the task managers and open stuff through there and eventually my icons will all come back, but it's annoying. The only problem I've had with the OS. I assume it is because it is trying to retrieve my desktop from the cloud or whatever.
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