I recently upgraded to windows 8 and I was excited to use the Xbox Games application for my current live account. The Microsoft account I have used to set up my windows 8 experience is different than the Microsoft account I use for Xbox live. I would like to be able to shop and manage my xbox live account from my windows 8 computer without needing to create a whole new user account for the machine separate from the Microsoft account I use for everything else.
I'd love to know what options I have to be able to use my current microsoft account and gain access to my xbox live account as well - is there a system to merge etc?
Hey Lean Knight! I'm afraid you can only use one account here, you cannot sign into an alternate MS account in the Games App while logged into a different account on the computer. My suggestion here is to create a Windows 8 user login using your Xbox LIVE Profile!
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Use your Xbox app with a different Microsoft account
To switch to a different Microsoft account than the one you’re signed in with in your Xbox app—as you’d want to do if your Xbox gamertag is associated with a different Microsoft account (formerly known as a Windows Live ID)—do the following.
Sign in to your PC using a different Microsoft account
1.On your PC, select the Settings charm.
2.Select Change PC settings.
4.Under Other users, select an account.
If needed, select Add a user and enter the email address and password for the Microsoft account you want to use.
This suggestion simply results in my having two separate Microsoft accounts to choose from to log in on my windows 8 computer. It does not solve the issue of allowing me to view the "xbox games" application with my current xbox live account information, while logged into a different (primary) Microsoft account.
Thanks for the answer, I'm glad to at least know its not possible :P
why isn't this possible?
I can do it on the windows phone xbox app.
MS are just dumb sometimes
Pls tell me how to do in the windows phone. i having different default account in phone and I use one for xbox. It is possible to change this only for games in Windows phone ?
Hi G11,The only way to change the primary Microsoft account on a Windows Phone, is to do a hard reset (reset back to factory settings), which will wipe all data on the phone. If you have anymore questions in regards to your Windows Phone, please create a new thread in forum 14 - Connecting to LIVE on my mobile device.
Hay is possible to change your Microsoft email address? if so then that can be the solution.
Hey HG, yeah you can do that! The steps are right here: Switch a gamertag to another Microsoft account
It's a bit outdated post but I encountered the same situation and I found the other solution. Here it is in case anyone still interested:
1) You need to switch your windows 8 to use Local account.
Go to PC Settings > Accounts. There under your accounts you'll see the option to disconnect (under your e-mail) your account. You'll need to enter your current account password and new local account credentials. So now you'll have a good old windows local account.
2) Launch an XBox Live app and it will ask you for microsoft account.
3) Below the request form there is an option like - Login seperatly to each app (not recommended) - (not exact lettering).
4) After that it will request your microsoft account only for the app you launched and saves this data as an option.
I think that's pretty much solves the problem. Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!