If you signed in with your Microsoft account when you set up Windows, hooray!
If not, that’s OK—you can sign in any time. And if you’re not quite sure what a Microsoft account is, read on.
Have you ever used Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox, or Windows? The email address and password you use for any of those services is your Microsoft account. If not, it’s easy to create a free email account at Outlook.com and make that your new Microsoft account.
Your Microsoft account gives you access to apps and games from the Windows Store, and lets you see your settings and other stuff across multiple Windows 10 devices.
- Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accounts > Your account.
- Select Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
- Follow the prompts to switch to a Microsoft account. You may need to verify your identity by entering a confirmation code.
Your local account will switch to your Microsoft account. The next time you sign in to Windows, use your Microsoft account name and password. Your apps and files will not be affected.
If you find that you’re having issues signing in, or if you forgot the password for your Microsoft account, the Microsoft account FAQ may have some helpful pointers.