Whenever you try to open some Windows Store apps in Windows 8 or 8.1 such as Calendar, Mail, People etc,. Windows will ask you to sign in with your Microsoft account to access every app. These apps that comes with Windows don’t allow you until you sign in with your Hotmail ID, Live account or Outlook account. You can’t use the other email IDs to sign into these apps.
But Windows 8.1 has got a new option which allows you to disable this requirement and you can use the enterprise email IDs to sign into all these apps which requires Microsoft account. Windows 8.1 has the built-in feature to turn of the Microsoft account requirement off. By this default this feature is not enabled, you need to enable this option by using the following methods.
- Using Group Policy Editor
- Using Registry editor
How to disable Microsoft account sign in Windows 8.1 store apps
Method 1 : Using Group Policy Editor
- Press WIN+R keys to launch run and type gpedit.msc in it and hit enter.
- Now go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>App runtime
- In the right side pane, look for “Allow Microsoft accounts to be optional” option.
- By default the option would be set to Not configured, now double-click on it to Enable it.
You are done, it will immediately turn off the Microsoft account sign in requirement to access the Windows Store apps. Now you can use your work account to use the Windows Store apps.
Method 2 : Using Registry Editor
- Press WIN+R keys to launch run and type rgedit in it and hit enter.
- Now go to the following key
- Now in the right side pane, create the new DWORD MSAoptional and set its value to 1.
- Close the registry editor and restart your system and after restart, Microsoft account sign in is no longer required for Windows Store apps.