To login to Windows 10 you can either use a local account or Microsoft account. You can sync your device settings. Change the sign-in options. Access work or school to control some settings on your Windows 10 device. Add an account used by Email, calendar, and contacts.
See your account details like the account name, email address, rights and permission. You can manage billing info, family settings, subscriptions, security settings and more using your Microsoft account.
Sync your theme, passwords, language preferences, ease of access, other windows settings with a Microsoft account. Selectively sync individual settings also.
You just need an email account and password for this to work out.
Outlook.com or Hotmail.com accounts are generally used for Microsoft Accounts. But you can add other email accounts like Gmail, Yahoo etc. You can see the different features that can be managed in Windows 10 using a Microsoft account.
To set details and control your Windows 10 account settings, you need to go to Settings > Accounts.
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Manage Windows 10 Account
You can do this from the “Your Info” tab on the left hand side. Billing info, family settings, subscriptions, security settings and more can be done by clicking the label “Manage my Microsoft Account” on the right hand-side of the Settings > Accounts Screen.
This will open up the “Microsoft Account” settings page in your web browser. You can make necessary changes to your date of birth, name, location, language, unlink devices, security, privacy etc from the web settings.
You can also change to a “local account” here. This will restrict some access to apps and services like OneDrive, Office 365 and other subscriptions. If you don’t use the services of Microsoft account, then this is best for you.
You can also “Update Info” by verifying your Microsoft Account in Windows 10 with PIN or password.
Email and accounts
You can add a new Microsoft Account using “Accounts > Email & accounts“. To change an account name, delete an account, or sync an account with another device, select your account and then select Manage.
You can do several things like change your Microsoft account email, unblock your account, create email signature, sign into Outlook etc.
This is helpful if you are using too many devices.
If you are using Windows 8.1 and 10 on different devices, but still use the same settings, then you can use the same account.
Work or school accounts can also be added here. You can change settings on your computer, while working from office or college. This is like a remote connection.
But if you have changed jobs and also want to change your Microsoft account, then you can create or add a new account here. This will replicate the settings of your new account.
In another case, you want to use different settings for different devices. In that case also, you would like to maintain multiple Microsoft accounts.
Password is the primary security for your Microsoft account. But, there is some additional protection. You can login into your Windows 10 computer, tablet, phone and laptop using several authentication methods.
These sign-in options include Windows Hello Face, Windows Hello FingerPrint, Windows Hello Pin, Security Key, Password, Picture Password.
Using any of the above sign-in options, you can login into your Windows 10 with Microsoft account.
This masks your account without any problems. The most convenient method, for personal use, is to use a PIN. Instead of typing a long password, this is more easy to enter.
But if you have confidential information stored in your Windows 10 PC, then its better you use a physical security key.
Hello Face and Hello Finger Print require special devices attached to your all-in-one desktop or laptop. These are not supported by legacy hardware.
Access Work or School
If your Microsoft Account for Windows 10 is being used to access work accounts or school documents, then the administrator will have some control.
You will get access to resources like email, apps and the network. Once you connect your account with your school or work, it can control some settings on your Windows 10 device.
You can export your management log files, set up accounts for taking tests, enroll only in device management etc.
Family Settings Overview
Microsoft Account for Windows 10 can also be used by several members of your family.
You can add your relatives, husband, sisters, brothers.
There are special provisions for your kids who use your Family account. This limits their spending, access to apps, observing their internet usage etc.
You can add someone else who can be your office colleague to this account. This will not let them add to your Family, but only give some access to your account. You can manage family settings online, using your web browser.
Sync your settings
The best part of using Microsoft Account in Windows 10, is they can sync with many other devices at once. Instead of doing personalization for each device, the same color, screen resolution can be applied to all your devices at once.
Theme is another important aesthetic feature of Windows 10. But if you want to use the default one, instead of a different one for each device, the sync setting can be done here.
Passwords for different web and app accounts are stored in your Microsoft Account. If you shift to another device, then re-entering each password is a big headache.
Just by enabling the sync option for Passwords, all of them are available on your other device.
Language Preferences and Ease of Access sync settings for your Microsoft Account can also be done here.
Microsoft Account also stores your OneDrive and Microsoft Edge favorites.