Windows asks for your name and password only when it needs to know who’s tapping on its keys. And it needs that information for any of these four reasons:
You own a Microsoft account, which is required for Start screen apps like Mail, Calendar, People, SkyDrive, and others. (Chances are good that you have a Microsoft account, which means you’re stuck with a password.) Your computer is part of a network, and your identity determines what goodies you can access.
The computer’s owner wants to limit what you can do on the computer.
You share your computer with other people and want to keep others from signing in with your name and changing your files and settings.
If these things don’t apply to you, purge the password by selecting the Change button in Step 4 in the section “Keeping your account private with a password.” In the next step, leave the New Password box blank and click Next.
Without that password, though, anybody can sign in, use your user account, and view (or destroy) your files. If you’re working in an office setting, this setup can be serious trouble. If you’ve been assigned a password, it’s better to simply get used to it.
That screen appears because Microsoft introduced a new type of user account in Windows 8. You can sign in to your computer with either a Microsoft account or a Local account. Each serves different needs:
Local account: This account works fine for people using traditional Windows programs on the Windows desktop. Local account holders can’t run many of the Start screen apps now bundled with Windows, including the Mail, People, and Calendar apps.
Microsoft account: Consisting of an e-mail address and a password, this lets you download apps from the Windows Store and run all the bundled apps in Windows. It also lets you store files on the Internet using SkyDrive. You can link a Microsoft account with your social media accounts, automatically stocking your address book with your friends from Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
You can sign in with a Microsoft account in either of two ways, ranked according to simplicity:
Use an existing Microsoft account. If you already have an account with Hotmail, MSN, Xbox Live, Outlook.com, or Windows Messenger, you already have a Microsoft account and password. Type in that e-mail address and password at the screen and then click the Sign In button.
Sign up for a new Microsoft account. Click the Sign Up for a Microsoft
Account link, and Microsoft takes you to a website where you can create your own Microsoft account.
If you’re signing into Windows on your computer for the first time, and you don’t want a Microsoft account, look for the Sign In Without a Microsoft Account button. Click that button, and the next screen shows a button that lets you sign in with a Local account instead.
But until you sign in with a Microsoft account,will haunt you whenever you try to access a Windows feature that requires a Microsoft account.
As you sign into your new account, Windows also asks whether you’d like to turn on your SkyDrive account, and automatically use it to store new Documents and photos taken with your computer’s attached camera. Click the OK button to turn it on.