Keep the full name of a local account

balubeto

Well-Known Member
#1
Hi

Using Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit, I have noticed that the full name of a local account (set with the net users "<username>" /fullname:"<full name>" command) is deleted whenever I switch from a Microsoft account to the local account associated with it.

So, how do I have to prevent this?

Thanks

Bye
 


kemical

Windows Forum Admin
Staff member
Premium Supporter
Microsoft MVP
#2
I don't think you can. Local accounts are simply temporary and once you log into a microsoft account the settings are lost. There's no reason to keep them as it isn't an account the os can sync to.
 


balubeto

Well-Known Member
#3
Basically, my problem is this:

I create a local account and then I modify his full name:

Code:
C:\Windows\system32> net users "Balubeto_Balubeto" /fullname:"Balubeto Balubeto"
The command completed successfully.
 
C:\Windows\system32> net users "Balubeto_Balubeto"
Username                                          Balubeto_Balubeto
Full name                                         Balubeto Balubeto
comment
user comment
Country code / area                               000 (System)
Account active                                    Yes
Account expires                                   Never
Last setting password                             03/05/2013 18:25:29
Password Never Expires
Password changeable                               03/05/2013 18:25:29
Password required                                 No
The user can change the password                  Yes
Workstations allowed                              All
Login Script
User profile
Home directory
Last Login                                        14/05/2013 17:23:02
Hours of access allowed                           All
Memberships to the local group                    *Administrators
Memberships to the global group                   *NONE
The command completed successfully.

C:\Windows\system32>
At this point, I restarted the computer and I log onto this account.

Now, I switch it in a Microsoft account following the procedure Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8 and then I restart the computer.

So, I log onto Microsoft account, and, following the procedure Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8, I switch it back to the local account.

Now, the local account information are:

Code:
C:\Windows\system32> net users "Balubeto_Balubeto"
Username                                          Balubeto_Balubeto
Full name
comment
user comment
Country code / area                               000 (System)
Account active                                    Yes
Account expires                                   Never
Last setting password                             14/05/2013 18:35:06
Password Never Expires
Password changeable                               14/05/2013 18:35:06
Password required                                 No
The user can change the password                  Yes
Workstations allowed                              All
Login Script
User profile
Home directory
Last Login                                        14/05/2013 18:43:53
Hours of access allowed                           All
Memberships to the local group                    *Administrators
Memberships to the global group                   *NONE
The command completed successfully.

C:\Windows\system32>
As you can see the field "Full name" is empty. How come?

How do I avoid that this field changes value?

Thanks

Bye
 


kemical

Windows Forum Admin
Staff member
Premium Supporter
Microsoft MVP
#4
The account you originally 'modified' was deleted as soon as you changed to a Microsoft account. This is why when you change back to a local account, that account you originally modified, doesn't exist. You can't create a local account that you can keep going back to. That criteria is already fulfilled by the Microsoft account model and a local account is simply a temporary measure.
 


Mitchell_A

Essential Member
#5
If you change the registered name on the Microsoft account and then set the account up on Windows 8, it will retain that name. You can do so from www.account.live.com.
 


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