Win8 complicates the system sign-in procedure with seven different options, some of which cause needless aggravation. But there’s a solution that’s easy to implement and use.
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Make signing in to a Windows 8 PC easier
Reader Jacques Iosti recently moved to Windows 8. But like many other Win8 users, he discovered that changing to another sign-in method isn’t always as easy as it should be.
- “I tried Fred’s solution in “How to bypass the Windows sign-in password” [Oct. 10, 2013, LangaList Plus item]. It’s easy to do, but it doesn’t work on my system! Any other suggestions?
I understand your frustration, Jacques. Though I’ve been using Win8 since it first came out, I still run into sign-in hassles from time to time.
The crux of the problem is that Win8 offers multiple and very different password options — and they’re not all compatible! That’s really confusing. Let’s sort it out.
Option 1: By default, Win8 wants you to sign in with your full Microsoft account name and password. Personally, I think that’s a terrible choice; your MS account credentials are used to access various online and cloud services. To be sufficiently secure against hacks, the account’s password should be long and complex.