Windows 10 Tutorials 108 – How to Switch to a Microsoft Account

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of this new operating system by Microsoft.

This tutorial will show you how to switch to a Microsoft account from your local account in Windows 10.

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In Windows 10 you can either create a Local Account or a Microsoft Account depending on your requirements.

If you have setup a local account and now want to switch to your Microsoft account to enjoy additional benefits associated with it, please follow these steps described below:

How to Switch to Microsoft Account in Windows 10:

  1. Open the Settings app, and click on the Accounts option.
  2. From the options on the left hand side, click on Your account.
  3. On the right side panel click on the Sign in with a Microsoft account instead link.
    How to Switch to Microsoft Account
  4. Type in your email address and password, click Sign in button to proceed.
  5. If you do not have a Microsoft account or want to use a new one, click the link No Account> Create One! and follow on-screen instructions to setup a new email address.
    How to Switch to Microsoft Account
  6. Type in your current local account password and click Next to proceed.
    How to Switch to Microsoft Account
  7. Now you will be presented with an option to set up PIN instead of password, click Skip this step link to switch to your Microsoft account.
  8. If you want to use a PIN instead of password, click on Set a Pin button and follow instructions as shown here to set up a PIN.
    How to Switch to Microsoft Account
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