now and then upgrade to Windows 8.1 when it’s available, keeping all your installed applications and files.
is going to be available to all Windows 8 users as a free upgrade in less than a month, on October 18.
Windows 8.1 makes significant changes to Windows 8 and it’s a worthy upgrade whether you’re using Windows 8 on a desktop PC, a tablet, or something in between. The Modern interface isn’t as half-baked, while desktop users have been tossed a few bones that make it easier to ignore all the new Modern stuff.
It's not complicated - Microsoft wants everyone to use an online account to sign into their desktop operating system.
Sure, they offer an offline equivalent, but they..., not a local user account.
If you want to do this, be sure you have backup copies of your important files.