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HOW TO: Create a Microsoft Account for Windows 8

A Microsoft Account is used by Microsoft for many things, including most recently as a way to log in to Windows 8 and also to manage your files and settings on Windows 8. If you already have a Hotmail address, an Xbox Live account, a OneDrive account, or other related accounts, then you ALREADY HAVE a Microsoft Account and do not need to create an additional one. The steps below will show you what to do to set up a Microsoft Account for the first time.

  1. Navigate to http://login.live.com. Click Sign up now.
    Microsoft Account Sign In Page
  2. Fill out all requested information.
    Microsoft Account Information Page
  3. Once submitted, an activation email will be sent to the email provided, click the Verify box.
    Microsoft Account Verification
  4. Once verified, the account can now be used to login to Windows 8. To do this: Access the Charms Bar by moving the cursor into the top right corner. Click Settings.
    Windows 8 Desktop, Charms, Settings
  5. Click Change PC Settings.
    Windows 8 Settings, Change PC Settings
  6. In the Users tab, click Connect to a Microsoft Account.
    Windows 8 PC Settings, Users, Connect Microsoft Account
  7. Select the settings desired to link with the Microsoft account, and then click Next.
    Microsoft Account Connection Information
  8. Enter the Email used to register the Microsoft Account. Click Next.
    Microsoft Account Connection Information
  9. Enter the Password associated with your Microsoft Account. Click Next.
    Microsoft Account Connection Information
  10. Enter any additional security information Windows asks for. Click Next.
    Microsoft Account Connection Information
  11. Click Finish. The computer is now associated with the specified Microsoft Account.