A Microsoft account is required for most things you do in the Microsoft ecosystem—signing into their various services and apps, and even into Windows itself. Here’s how to create one.
You Might Already Have a Microsoft Account
If you’ve used Outlook.com, Microsoft OneDrive, Office 365, Skype, or Xbox Live, the chances are good that you already have a Microsoft account. You might not have noticed it because a Microsoft account can be associated with any email address. Just from Microsoft itself, you might have an address at outlook.com, hotmail.com, live.com, or even skype.com. Also, you can use a completly non-Microsoft email address (like Gmail, or whatever) for your Microsoft account, so it’s even possible you’ve already got one tied to your regular email address.
And if you’ve set up a new PC (or reinstalled Windows) since the Windows 8 days and didn’t take the extra step of just setting up a local account, then whatever address you’re using to sign into your PC is your Microsoft account.
How to Create a Microsoft Account
If you don’t already have a Microsoft account (or you just want to create a new one because of that weird live.com address you created back in the day), it’s super easy. In fact, if you’re installing Windows (or setting up a new PC), or if you’re setting up a Microsoft app or service, it will usually walk you through setting up a Microsoft account.
Otherwise, if you want to set up a…
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