Are you still using Win 7 like me?
I tested/previewed Windows 8 and I created a Microsoft account then to be able to use it. But if I remember correctly I didn't have to do that and could have set up the system, (and hence log in), by using what was called a Local Account; meaning, just set up and log in as usual.
But the guidance fro Microsoft wasn't exactly easy to follow and gave the impression that I had to create a Microsoft account.
I am guessing Windows 10 will also allow local accounts.
That would definitely be my choice.
is whether the free version and the paid versions will have any differences. As of now, it seems that Windows 10 could want to weave itself more into our lives than IE wove itself into older Windows operating systems. The first evidence I see in the preview version is the requirement to have a Microsoft account and provide an email address. To me, this can be risky. I would like to know if the paid version comes with freedoms that the free version will not. Although many merchants will try to trick customers into giving their email addresses (eg, "Would you like an email copy of your receipt?"), I've never had a retailer refuse my money if I didn't.