How To Sign Into Skype Without Using A Microsoft Account, A Solution

If you have recently purchased a laptop or computer with Windows 8 or 8.1 installed you would have noticed you get the Skype application or "modern Skype" already pre-installed. If you attempt to sign into this version of Skype you are prompted to create a Microsoft account and there is no option to sign in using your existing Skype account details. This can be particularly frustrating for a number of reasons; by creating a new account you lose your existing contacts, data and Skype credits which you may already have. Not to mention the ethical questions raised by forcing someone to create a new account and giving them a lack of choice when using a pre-installed operating system application.

Do not despair, there is a solution and fortunately a very simple one. Rather than use the version of "modern Skype" that is shipped with Windows 8 machines, you need to download and install the Skype desktop client version.

Click here to download the Windows 8 compatible version -

Once installed you will be able to sign into Skype (as usual) without have to create and use a Microsoft account.

I hope you found this article helpful, we welcome any comments below.

(14) Comments

  • LearnByCamThursday, July 26, 2018

    Thanks for the update Claudio - muchos appreciated

  • Claudio PorcellanaThursday, July 26, 2018

    Hi it does not work likely they changed the version your link brings to so the latest (crap) version is installed again (8.25)I think an oldest version is needed or simply another tool. yes, I confirm that to have "skype working without a MS account" you must NOT install the 8 version!so do not believe to MS sirens that want only pushing your boat onto the rocks ;-)luckily enough I had a 7.40 version at hand

  • Stevie JTuesday, July 24, 2018

    Thanks so much, very helpful indeed.

  • Enrico LanzilottoMonday, May 14, 2018

    Grazie , finalmente risolto un vero problema

  • MARIAThursday, January 4, 2018

    You saved my life! Thank you!

  • AugustoSunday, January 29, 2017

    grazie, finalmente ho trovato la soluzione dopo ore di ricerca estenuante.grandissimi.

  • wilychaiSaturday, September 17, 2016

    Thanks for you, i love you

  • ThierryFriday, November 13, 2015

    Merci ça marche très bien

  • PhilippeThursday, October 15, 2015

    Ca fonctionne super. Merci !!!

  • LolFriday, October 2, 2015

    Merci !!!!

  • JocelyneSunday, June 7, 2015

    Merci, merci, merci. Thank you so much! Blessings

  • SoizicWednesday, February 4, 2015

    ça marche, merci !! D'autres sites de conseils étaient moins efficaces... - It works, thanks! Other advice sites were less effective...

  • AdministratorThursday, May 22, 2014

    Hi Steve, did you download and install the desktop client version of Skype? That is the version you need to sign into using your usual Skype log-in information. Even if you have changed your password use that version of Skype rather than the version that was shipped with your Windows 8 or 8.1 machine.

  • reela steveWednesday, May 21, 2014

    i had try but still can't sign in to skype and i had try changes skype pasword and just can changes for microsoft pasword :(Can you help me pleaseeeeeeeee i realy need my old account skype thanks before

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