Windows 10 is the first free Microsoft OS that includes dozens of great apps and services: Outlook, Groove Music, OneNote, OneDrive (ex SkyDrive), Skype, People (contacts). They all are hooked up to your Microsoft account. To get access to all these features and the official Windows Store, it’s time to create a new Microsoft account or restore an old Microsoft account login, if you registered it one day.
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What’s Microsoft Account ID?
Microsoft decided to facilitate access to its services and create one entrance key for all of them, so you can use one login and password everywhere. Previously, there were: Windows Live ID, Hotmail ID, SkyDrive ID, Office 365 ID, Windows Phone ID, Xbox Live ID, now there’s only one ID called “Microsoft Account ID”. This ID you should use to sign into any Microsoft service. If you already have one of these IDs you don’t need to create a new Microsoft Account ID, just use the current ID in Windows 10, 8, and 8.1.
When you install Windows 10 onto your PC, you have 2 options: create an offline Microsoft account for one device or an online live Microsoft account for many Windows gadgets. We recommend making an online account via www.live.com, so you can connect all your Windows devices (for example, phone, Xbox, computers, tablets, bands) to one account.
How to create a Microsoft Account?
Step 1. Go directly to www.live.com and click the link at the bottom of the sign-in form.
Step 2. Use your current email address like: Gmail, Yahoo, Verizon, Cox, and file out the form:
Note: you’ll use this email address and password even to login in to Outlook.com (Hotmail). Make sure that this email works because you need to click a verification link.
Step 3. Alternatively, select the second option at live.com and create a new email especially for Microsoft account. Then, you’ll have to complete a longer form.
There is one more way to register Microsoft ID. Go through these steps upon Windows 10/8/8.1 installation or upgrade from Windows 7. The installation wizard will guide through the whole process which is similar to the described above.
How to update info of your Microsoft Account ID?
If you plan to use your existing Windows Live, OneDrive (SkyDrive) or Xbox ID as your pass, you can always refresh the info about you. Surely, you can cancel any existing account and sign up for a new Microsoft account ID at any time.
In order to update the Microsoft Account info:
1. Log-in to Live/Outlook account.
2. Click on your name in the upper right corner.
3. Select the Account settings or Edit profile link.
Here you will be able to update: personal info, password, change profile picture, attach your cell phone number and second email for security purposes, adjust alert settings, permissions, billing data, etc.
How to add a payment method (credit card, PayPal) to Microsoft Account?
You can always create a Microsoft account without a credit card. Adding a credit card is NOT obligatory. But if you plan to purchase software at Windows Store or games for Xbox, you should add a billing method to your account (a credit card or PayPal). Don’t forget that your Microsoft account is the best place to check all your Microsoft Office license subscriptions and Skype calls or Xbox purchase history, so make a secure password for it.
- Go to the Account settings tab as shown above.
- Click the Billing tab and check your email for the confirmation code.
- Enter the received confirmation code.
- Open Payment Options tab and click the Add a payment method button.
- Enter your info and save changes.
If you have any issues with creating Microsoft ID or updating payment information, please visit support.microsoft.com. Or go ahead and call or chat with a Microsoft customer support representative. You can find contact information for your location at support.microsoft.com/ContactUs