So I've already read a barrage of people being quite frankly pissed off about either installing 8.1 fresh (the official release) or Upgrading from an existing windows 8.0 or previous version of windows and getting to the initial setup screens only to be greeted with what appears to be the one and only option. That being: "Sign in with Microsoft Account" (aka Hotmail/outlook/live/etc Microsoft online account) Don't have a ms account, well sign up to sign in. This is when the shit hits the fan essentially as with windows 8.0, you could go "naw, I don't want one, i'll setup a local user account"... however this option is COMPLETELY missing, and you can't proceed without. Suffice it to say, there are a few ways to resolve this matter. Personally the easiest way is to simply do this: in the sign in areas, type in firstname.lastname@example.org with the password being 12345678 Hit sign in, wait a fairly brief period of time, and it'll complain about the username/password being bad/unable to sign in and then directly below that, gives you an option to Sign in with a local account. Hit that, then it'll ask if you want to setup a new one or use existing. Obviously this is your choice at that point, I think most are going to go with existing. Once that is done, you're on your way to enjoying a local account style solution without any need to "sign in" at all or ever have a Microsoft account to do the 8.1 update and to use it.