We have already written detailed articles on creating Microsoft account and local account (an account without email address) in Windows 8. Signing in with a Microsoft account lets you download apps from the Windows Store, sync app, browser and personalization settings across computers.
But it seems all users aren’t happy with their Microsoft accounts. It seems many users are having issues with the Microsoft account or sync settings. For many users, sync feature isn’t working. While the sync feature doesn’t work until Windows has been activated, users are reporting that it doesn’t work even after activating Windows.
According to Microsoft, a number of known issues may prevent Microsoft accounts or synced settings from working properly. Users who are having issues with the Microsoft account are advised to download the official troubleshooter.
Microsoft has released a troubleshooter to find and fix Microsoft account related issues in Windows 8. The troubleshooter scans Windows for known issues and automatically fixes them, if found. Compatible with both x86 and x64 systems, this official troubleshooter should fix most of account related issues.
Using this troubleshooter is fairly simple. Launch the troubleshooter, click Next button to scan for issues and automatically fix them.
We suggest you create a system restore point before running the troubleshooter. If the troubleshooter fails to fix your issues you have no option but to use the Refresh PC feature. The Refresh PC resets all PC settings to their defaults and doesn’t remove your files, apps installed from the Store, and personalization settings. However, it removes all third-party software from your PC. We suggest you try the troubleshooter first and use the Refresh PC method as a last resort.
Also note that this troubleshooter won’t help you fix issues with Metro apps.