I have windows 8.1 and its tied to my Microsoft login. I only vaguely remember setting this option up during the installation of windows. When I try to use these credentials to connect to my network share I cannot login.

E.G. \\computerName\c$

It will not accept my credentials. When I run whoami at the command line I see a different account. I don't recall ever setting up this other account.

whoami = domain\me (password unknown if I ever even set one up...)
Windows Login = me@email.com (password known, does not work with RDP)

What do I need to do in order to login to the network share?

  • Is the "domain" listed your computer name? Have the admin shares been enabled? What does the admin share permissions/access have to do with you logging onto remote desktop? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 11 '14 at 2:43
  • @techie007 Yes. Yes. Type-o, updated. – P.Brian.Mackey Apr 11 '14 at 12:35
  • have you tried just the user part of your email and your password? This is what works for RDP at least. i.e. I log onto Win using my live account myuser@domain.co.uk and password and when I RDP to that machine I use myuser and password to log in... myuser@domain.co.uk is configured as an administrator – Shevek Apr 11 '14 at 13:35
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    @Shevek I just tried. Still no go. – P.Brian.Mackey Apr 11 '14 at 14:31
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You must user MicrosoftAccount\me@email.com as username. Now enter your Microsoft account password into the password box.

  • Can you clarify MicrosoftAccount? Is that verbatim? AFAIK my Microsoft Account name is me@email.com. So I don't follow. – P.Brian.Mackey Apr 11 '14 at 19:39
  • yes, type it as written there and use your email address. This *MicrosoftAccount* prefix is used to tell Windows 8 that you use a MS online account. – magicandre1981 Apr 12 '14 at 6:21
  • have you tried this or not? – magicandre1981 Jul 3 '14 at 18:35
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    This does not work either... – Matze Sep 24 '15 at 6:21
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    Windows 10 on both side. This worked for me. – Juha Palomäki Oct 24 '16 at 9:26

Try disabling PIN login for the Microsoft Account (Settings > Accounts > Sign in options > PIN). Windows rejected my credentials until I removed the PIN, then I could sign in just using my email address.

I created a local "dummy" account with admin privileges and use it only as a login for sharing.

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Figured it out. I was able to access a network share using my Microsoft account. This is the format:

  • Username: email address tied to your account
  • Password: password that you use to login to your Microsoft account online. Not the PIN
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    This is the same answer already given and accepted and does not add anything. Please refrain from posting when you are not actually adding anything to the discussion. – music2myear Jan 21 '17 at 0:31

I had a similar problem, but was not even asked for my credentials before being denied access. It took me a while to figure this out, so here's what I had to do:

  • I previously tried home groups. Didn't like it, deactivated it.
  • I added the Microsoft Account user and logged in as that as well.
  • ... however, that didn't yet work: the home group left some HomeUser group and credentials scattered in my system. I had to remove the HomeUser group and Credentials and (maybe after a reboot?) it finally worked.

I manage to overcome this by mapping from command line. Ex.: net use s: \tower\movies

Hope it helps

Only thing below that worked for me after have tried all solutions in here.

From Gautam.75801 on social.technet.microsoft.com :

I got the Access is denied issue solved when i tried to access a Netowrk share on another computer

ex \\\c$\

It seemed to be a UAC issue. The below Link helped.


We will need to add a new DWORD

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.

Locate and then click the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

If the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy registry entry does not exist, follow these steps: On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

Type LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy, and then press ENTER.

Right-click LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy, and then click Modify.

In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

Exit Registry Editor.

  • This enables Guest sharing which means that your shares are no longer password protected. This is not recommended at all and moreover doesn't solve the problem at hand. – Ashhar Hasan Aug 6 at 19:13

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