To sign in to Windows 10, you need a Microsoft account. Here’s how to set everything up so you can use all the features.
Keep reading to find out how to:
- check to see if you have a Microsoft account already.
- if you don’t already have one, create a Microsoft account.
- connect your computer to your Microsoft account.
How to see if you have a Microsoft account
To sign in to a computer with Windows 10 as its operating system, you’ll need a Microsoft account.
If you already have an account with Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox, or Windows, the good news: the email address and password you use to access that account will also work for your Microsoft account. To log in to Windows 10, just use the same information.
You don’t have a Microsoft account if you don’t have an account with any of the above services. To log in to Windows 10, you’ll need to set one up. Follow the steps below to get started.
How to set up an account with Microsoft
- Start by going to Outlook.com and clicking on “Create a free account.”
- Enter the email address you want, such as first name Lastname, and choose from the drop-down menu whether you want it to end with @outlook.com or @hotmail.com. Outlook will now check to see if that unique email address is free. If it’s already taken, it will give you suggestions for other email addresses that are free, or you can try something else until you find an email address you like.
- After you choose an email address, you need to set up a password. Microsoft wants your password to be at least 8 characters long and include at least two letters, numbers, or symbols. Your Microsoft account password is case-sensitive, so pay attention to where you used capital letters and where you used lowercase letters.
- Put in your first and last name. The name you use here will show up on all the Microsoft services you use, and your friends, family, coworkers, and other Microsoft users will be able to see it.
- Fill in your country or region, your birth date, and your gender.
- Now add either your phone number or an alternate email address, or both. If you have a problem with your Microsoft account, Outlook will use these contact details to verify your identity and keep your account safe.
- Last, type in the characters that are shown at the bottom of the screen. If you’d rather, you can listen to it instead.
- Choose whether or not you want to get promotional emails from Microsoft, and then click “Create account” to finish setting up.
- Your email inbox will now be made by Outlook. Choose the language and time zone you want to use. (The United Kingdom is on UTC+00:00) and click “Save.” You now have an account with Microsoft.
How to connect your computer to your Microsoft account
- Click “Start,” then go to “Settings,” “Accounts,” and “Your account.”
- Choose “Sign in instead with a Microsoft account,” Type in the password for your Microsoft account and click “next.” When the wizard is ready, enter your Microsoft account email address and password, then click ‘next.’ It may take a moment for the setup to be ready.
- You may need a confirmation code sent to the email address or phone number you gave when you set up your Microsoft account. Have your phone or email account ready. If they’re not available, choose “I can’t do this right now” and go back to the setup wizard when you’re ready. After putting in the code, click “next.”
- Lastly, click “Switch” to finish setting up the device. Your new Microsoft account will be set up by Windows 10. This won’t change anything in your files.
Setting up a Microsoft account is now done. Use your Microsoft account name and password the next time you sign in to Windows 10. Your Microsoft account will sync all the devices that are connected to it, so keep an eye out for changes the next time you log in to a new device.