How to Access It
- Invoke Settings Charm either through the Charms Bar or key combo “Win + I”.
- Select “Change PC Settings” option located at the bottom of the Settings Charm pane. This will launch PC Settings.
- Select “Users” tab from the left pane of PC Settings.
Account TypeWindows 8 provides you with two account types.
- Local Account: It is basically a normal user account comprising of username and password. It has the same functionalities as seen in existing Windows systems. The limitation of a local account is that it remains constrained to the specific system. The settings and data of the local account can’t be synced and shared across several machines.
- Microsoft Account: It is essentially an email id, accompanied with a password. The email id doesn’t have to be a Microsoft Live Id. It can be an email id from any mail service. The main advantage of using Microsoft Account as a user account is the ability to share your data and settings across several devices running Windows 8 – be it a PC, a tablet, or a smartphone.
Sign-in OptionsThere are three types of passwords for a user account in Windows 8.
- Normal Password
- Picture Password – A picture on which 3 gestures are recorded. You gain access to your account when you draw those 3 gestures correctly on the picture. The gestures can be a combination of a tap, a straight line or a circle.
- PIN – A 4-digit code to provide quick access to account. When you click on “Create PIN”, it will ask your credentials for authentication. On successful authentication, you can enter your desired 4-digit code and create the PIN. To login next time, you directly enter the PIN. You won’t even need to hit “Enter” after entering the correct PIN. You will directly gain access to your PC.