Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 support signing in using your Microsoft Account. It means you can use your Microsoft Account to globalize your settings; i.e. you can login to many machines using the same Microsoft Account and get the same settings on different machines. For using this facility you need to have a Microsoft Account. You can create one on Microsoft’s website. Alternatively, you can follow this link to sign up for a Microsoft Account.
This tutorial shows, “how to switch from a local user account to a Microsoft Account.”
What do we need:
- A Microsoft Account
- Windows 10 PC
- Internet Connection
Let’s start the process. First go to Start menu and click on Settings.
In Settings window, click on Accounts.
Here you will see details of your Local Account on the right side of the screen. Between your Account name and Your Picture, you will see a link “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead“, click on that.
A new windows will open and you will be taken to Microsoft login page. Enter your Microsoft id and password in the boxes provided and click on Sign in button.
It will ask for your old password, enter your local user account’s password and press Next button.
Your Microsoft Account’s password may be long which may cause trouble while login. You can alternatively set a PIN for your Microsoft account. If you don’t want to set a PIN and continue using your Microsoft Account’s password, click on Skip this step link.
Now your Microsoft Account is ready to be used on your PC. But before you start, you have to verify your identity. To do that, click on Verify link available under your Account in Account Settings as shown below.
You will be prompted to re-enter your Microsoft Account’s email id, enter it in the box provided and click Next.
A verification code will be sent to your email account that you have entered in the previous step. Open the mail received from Microsoft and copy the verification code and paste it into the box provided on Account verification window. Click Next to continue.
You will see that verification link has been removed from your account’s page. Now you can close Settings window.
Click on Start button and on the top of the Start menu, you will see your Microsoft Account name. You have successfully switched to Microsoft Account from Local Account.
You have successfully signed into Microsoft Account on your Windows 10 PC. Now you can enjoy Microsoft Sync service on your PC. You can always switch back to Local Account if you wish to.