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How to: connect to a Microsoft Account in Windows 10

Technical Level : Basic

Summary

Previously we looked at setting up a local account using the Out of Box Experience wizard when we are setting up a Windows 10 PC for the first time. A local account provides all the traditional benefits of local authentication on a Windows PC. With a Microsoft Account, there are additional benefits such as PC Syncing which makes it easy to save your personal files and settings to Microsoft's online storage service OneDrive. This makes it easy to access your information and apps on any device you choose. Other benefits include access to the Store so you can download your apps and easily share them with other Windows devices you might own. In this article, we will take a look at the easy steps for switching to a Microsoft Account.

Details

The first thing you need ensure is that you have a Microsoft Account. A Microsoft Account is defined by a Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com or MSN.com domains. If you have one of these, you are good to go.

Once you have satisfied that requirement, we are on to setting up our Microsoft Accounts.

If the Connect to a Microsoft account option does not work, try adding a Microsoft Account. Scroll down:

Click Add a Microsoft account

Enter your credentials

Click Sign in

Click Start > Settings

Click Accounts

Under Your account click the link Connect to a Microsoft account

This will start the Microsoft Account wizard, follow the on screen instructions carefully.

Enter the current password for the local account you use to sign into Windows 10 then click Next

Wait while the wizard prepares to sign you into your Microsoft Account.

Enter your credentials for your Microsoft Account. Remember, a Microsoft Account is defined by a Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com or MSN.com domains. If you don't have one, utilize the wizard to create one.

Next, we need to verify the account and ensure it is the person really connecting this account. You have a number of options, which include an alternate email address or a phone number. If you can't do it right now, click the option, I can't do this right now. Once you have received your code, enter it and click Next.

In the above screen, I have entered the corresponding number that matches my phone number since this is the option I chose. Click Next.

Once everything has been setting, you are now ready, click Switch

Once complete, you are now connected. You can manage your settings and choose what you want to sync.

Related:

How to: Create a Local Account during Out of Box Experience Setup

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