Fix: Your Microsoft Account requires attention to get insider builds

By: Ovidiu Ionita
2 minute read
Fix: Your Microsoft Account requires attention to get insider builds

The Windows Insider program is a great way of previewing and testing new features in Windows 10 before they make it to the final version. It’s also a great way of contributing to Microsofts efforts to make Windows 10 bug free.

But there is a compromise to be made when using Windows 10 Insider Preview build – they do contain bugs. One bug has frustrated a lot of Windows Insiders and that is the “Your Microsoft Account requires attention to get insider builds” error when trying to download newer Insider builds.

Below I’ll list a couple of fixes that have worked for the majority on Windows Insider users who faced this problem in the past.

1. Use a Microsoft Account

Even though Windows Insider builds can be installed and used without a Microsoft account, one is required for automatically updating to newer build through Windows Update.

If you’re not already using a Microsoft account you can add it by opening Settings from the Start menu. Go to the Accounts group and select Your email and accounts from the left side menu. In the resulting window you’ll find an option called Sign in with a Microsoft account instead. Click on this and follow the instructions to add your Microsoft account.

Fix: Your Microsoft Account requires attention to get insider builds

Please note that this will not delete your current data or settings. It will convert your local account to an online one and will preserve everything.

2. Re-enter your Microsoft account

If you are already signed in with a Microsoft account, you might consider de-activating and then enabling it back. I know it sounds like the “have you tried powering it off and then back again?” type of solution but a lot of Insiders have reported this to fix this problem.

To achieve this open Settings from the Start menu and head over to Accounts. If you’re already signed in you’ll find here a button called Sign in with a local account instead. Click on it, enter your Microsoft account password and then follow the instructions provided. After a couple of minutes Windows will sign you out of your Microsoft account and into a local one.

After you switched to a local account for Windows follow the steps from the first method to switch back to your Microsoft account.

This process, as the one presented in the first method, will keep all your settings and files in place.

3. Rejoin the Insider program

This error is usually related to your Microsoft account, or lack of it in some conditions. Some users have been able to fix this error by rejoining the Insider program.

Head over to insider.windows.com and click on the Get Started button. Provide your Microsoft account details if it doesn’t log you in automatically. When you see the “Welcome to the program, Insider” screen you can close your browser. Now reboot your machine and check if the error has disappeared.

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