How do I create Microsoft account in Windows 8?

My friend did install Windows 8 for me. However, as he said, he has just create a local account for me. Somebody tell me that using Microsoft account instead of local account will give me many benefits from Microsoft cloud as Apple cloud. Nguyen, how do I create Microsoft account in Windows 8 with my Gmail account?

nguyen's answer

Uhm, as I wrote down in the article Create Window 8 account, beside local account, you can use Microsoft account to access your system. By using Microsoft account, you can get all benefits from Microsoft cloud. On Windows 8 side, with Microsoft account, you can access your files, your photos anywhere. Your Windows 8 settings will also be synchronized through any computers you access with this Microsoft account. On Microsoft side, you can use Microsoft account to sign in to all Microsoft sites. It means you can access all Microsoft services from Outlook.com, Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive to Xbox LIVE, Zune, and Office Live. It sounds great as we now live in Microsoft dynasty.

 

To create Microsoft account, you can use either PC settings in Windows 8 or Microsoft account sign-up link. Let’s explore PC settings in Windows 8.

 

To go in PC settings interface, move your mouse to bottom-right angle of your screen. Look at bottom and click on “Settings”.

create microsoft account settings

 

Then on the bottom of the right bar, you can see the text “Change PC settings”. Click on it then you will go to “PC settings” interface.

create microsoft account change pc settings

 

Click on “Users” on the left bar, you can see a lot of buttons allow you to control your Windows 8 account. As you can see here that I am now using local account.

create microsoft account users

 

Now we will try to switch from local account to Microsoft account. There is a button named “Switch to a Microsoft account” near the top. That’s it. Click on it to start progress of creating Microsoft account.

create microsoft account Switch to a Microsoft account

 

Input your local account password and click “Next” to go.

create microsoft account input local password

 

On “Sign in with a Microsoft account”, you can use your own email or sign up a new Microsoft email for using with Microsoft account. As you want, input your Gmail account into field “Email address” then click “Next”.

create microsoft account input email

 

Wait a few seconds for Microsoft do processing. After that, input all the necessary information into “Set up a Microsoft account” then click on “Next” button

create microsoft account input account information

 

Then input some security information. Here you should write down on paper these secret information for later use. After inputting information, click “Next” to go next step.

create microsoft account input security information

 

In the “Finish Up” interface, click on any options that you want, then click “Next”.

create microsoft account finish up interface

 

Then Microsoft will bring you a Captcha form to make sure that you are human. Input what they provide then click “Next”.

 create microsoft account captcha input

 

That’s finish. As you use your existing email, you have to do verify your email address. Wait some minutes then go to your mailbox. You can see Verify your email address email from Microsoft, open it then click on “Verify email@email.com

 create microsoft account verify email

 

Then you already have an activated Microsoft account. You have to log-off and log-in again with this Microsoft account to enjoy what you have done. You can also use this Microsoft account to access all of Microsoft sites and services.

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