How to switch your Windows 8.1 log-in to a local account - CNET. Tom Stirewalt's article got me thinking. I don't use OneDrive to store stuff, I don't need to syn my Win 8.1 settings across more than one computer, and I don't use the Modern (formerly Metro) interface. I am going back to a local account. That way, Microsoft won't have my files to mess around with. Now, how to do that? Here is a simple method. Go to Settings/PC Settings/Accounts/Your Account. Click Disconnect under your Email address, enter your password to verify, create a local username, and enter a new password, with hint. Sign out and click Finish. Bingo, you have disconnected from the mother ship. I feel free, free, and ready to roll.