Link Microsoft account to my Windows 10 computer

I want to link my Microsoft account to my Windows 10 computer. Windows suggests that I have to be authenticated with my Microsoft account, but that's not what I need. I want to keep my Windows login and password, and just link my computer to the Microsoft account, to see it online on the MS web site. Can anyone please help?

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Hi Audrey. I'm Greg, a volunteer installation specialist and 8 year WIndows MVP here to help you.

See here how to associate your Microsoft Account with your WIndows 10 install while still keeping your Local Account: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-keep-your-lo...


I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.
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Here is how you do it:

To begin, click Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation.

There are some interesting changes users will see. The first one is the obvious change from Windows is activated with a digital entitlement to Windows is activated with a digital license. At the bottom is a new option called Add a Microsoft Account.

Click Add an account to start linking your account; you will be prompted to sign in using your Microsoft Account and password.

After signing in, Windows 10 activation status will now display Windows is activated with a digital licensed linked to your Microsoft account. A mouthful I know, but this is how Microsoft will reduce the need always to know that 25 alphanumeric product key users are accustomed to losing or misplacing.

Learn more: https://www.groovypost.com/how-to-use-digital-l...
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When I see this, should I proceed? It's kind of misleading when it says that I will use my Windows password "one last time".

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Yes, because it will switch to your Microsoft Account, you can always switch back to a local account any time if you wish.
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What happened after that: I was unable to login into Windows using my local account, the only available account at sign-in was the Microsoft account. Computer was linked to the MS web site, however. But after I switched back to the local account, I couldn't see my computer under "My devices" on the web site. Any suggestions?

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