We migrated a few of our PC’s to Windows 8 and are now facing the problem that you are forced to register a Microsoft account in order to access the 8.1 Update and/or use office 2013. We dont feel like registering a new account for each and every PC we buy and keep track of all these accounts, and also down feel like having a single account for all pc’s. Is there a way to avoid this account requirement at least in the professional version of Windows?
What would your choice be inside a company?
Does this page help?
Use group policy to disable Microsoft accounts. Open gpedit.msc and go to
Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsSecurity SettingsLocal PoliciesSecurity Options
Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts
This policy setting prevents users from adding new Microsoft accounts
on this computer.
If you select the “Users can’t add Microsoft accounts” option, users
will not be able to create new Microsoft accounts on this computer,
switch a local account to a Microsoft account, or connect a domain
account to a Microsoft account. This is the preferred option if you
need to limit the use of Microsoft accounts in your enterprise.
If you select the “Users can’t add or log on with Microsoft accounts”
option, existing Microsoft account users will not be able to log on to
Windows. Selecting this option might make it impossible for an
existing administrator on this computer to log on and manage the
If you disable or do not configure this policy (recommended), users
will be able to use Microsoft accounts with Windows.