Most Windows 8.1 users are using a Microsoft account to access the operating system, but there are some users who use a local account, available only on their computer or device. If the password for your local user account has been compromised, you can easily change it and, in this tutorial, we will share how it's done:
User Accounts and Family Safety
How To Manage User Accounts and Family Safety Settings in Windows
Changing the password you use on your Microsoft account from time to time is a good way of keeping it safe. You may want to change it if your account has been compromised or simply because you have used the same password for way too long. In this tutorial we will share two methods that you can use to change the password for your Microsoft account: directly from your Windows 8.1 computer or device or from a web browser. Here's how it is done:
Some of our readers have asked us how Windows 8.1 deals with trusted devices and how they can set their devices as trusted. Things have changed in this regard since Windows 8 was launched and that's why we have decided to give you a hand. In this article you will learn how to mark your Windows 8.1 devices as trusted, how to set your devices as untrusted and what happens when you do that. Also, you will learn what to do in case one of your Windows 8.1 devices gets lost or stolen so that others don't have an easy time accessing that device.
Since Windows 8 and Windows Phone were released, having a Microsoft account has become essential to a complete computing experience. We have already discussed this concept and the pros and cons of using a Microsoft account, so we won't do that again. However, some readers asked us to share what they can do when they forget their Microsoft account password. How can they get back into Windows and log into their devices? Luckily, Microsoft has made things simple by providing an online password reset tool. Here's how to use it:
If you created a password reset disk in Windows as soon as you set up your computer or device, can be a lifesaver if you actually manage to forget your password later on. As you will see from this guide, using the Password Reset Wizard is very easy and anyone can reset the Windows password in a matter of seconds. Here's how it works:
The human memory is fantastic. You can encode, store and retrieve information when needed very quickly but, unlike your computer's memory, it is not perfect. It lacks a basic feature: it doesn't have permanent storage. Unfortunately, passwords make no exceptions and you might be in a situation when you don't remember your Windows password. Don't worry, Windows comes to your rescue. If you forget your Windows password, you can use a password reset disk to create a new one, so you don't lose access to your apps and files. Obviously, the password reset disk must be created before you forget the password, otherwise the tool is useless.
In this article about Bitdefender's Parental Control product we take a look at reports. We will share how to use them, why you should use them and what kind of information they can provide about your child's computing activities. But enough chit-chat, let's get started.
In a time when online privacy is a highly debated topic, those of you who have children are likely thinking about how to protect them from inappropriate websites, games and all kinds of information that's not suitable for them. That's why many security companies offer parental control features, including Bitdefender. In today's article we will take an in-depth look at the Parental Control features included in Bitdefender security products, explain what they do and how they work. Let's get started:
In the Xbox One update that was made available in June 2014, a small and useful feature was added alongside others: the possibility to set the console to automatically sign-in with one account upon startup. Considering that most Xbox One users have only one account on their devices, this makes starting up their consoles faster. Here's how to set your Xbox One to automatically sign-in with your account:
We've already provided information about how to switch from a local account to a Microsoft Account for those Windows 8.1 users who want to take advantage of new features of Microsoft's newest operating system. However, we've neglected to help out any users who have tried out using a Microsoft account and aren't impressed. If you are such a user and you want to switch from logging in with a Microsoft account to logging in with a traditional local account, read this tutorial.
As even the newest users to Windows 8.1 will quickly discover, Microsoft's newest operating system offers a choice of account types that you can use to log in. A local account works like a typical user account from any older version of Windows, while a Microsoft account offers a bunch of new and useful features that help you get more from Windows 8.1. Many users, not knowing the details of each account type, may simply opt for a local account because it's more familiar. Those users, after learning what they're missing out on, may want to upgrade to a Microsoft account. If you're one of those users and you want to switch from your local account to a Microsoft account, read on for step-by-step instructions to make this change happen.
Windows 8.1 offers you a choice that has not been available in older versions of Windows. Right from the start, before you even log in and see the operating system's interface, you'll have to choose whether you want to log in using a local account or a Microsoft account. Users who don't plan on taking advantage of the new Windows 8.1 apps and don't want to use most of its new features, will be more comfortable using a local account, which works just like any account you've ever had on a previous version of Windows. But is there any value in using a Microsoft account? Let's take a deep dive into the differences between these two account types and see when to use each of the options.