Microsoft Windows 10 allows you to create a Microsoft user account or a local user account for yourself or other users. Both types of accounts have their advantages and disadvantages. A local user account does not require an active internet connection while the Microsoft user account integrates various Microsoft services like OneDrive and Outlook for your ease. If you have been using a local user account and you feel like missing out on all the features that a Microsoft account could provide, then you can either create a new user account in Windows that uses your Microsoft account for signing in or you can switch your existing local account to Microsoft account easily just by entering your Microsoft account credentials. Here is how:
- Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard, click on the user picture on the top of the Start menu and then select Change user account settings from there.
- In the Settings app window that opens up, click on Sign in with a Microsoft user account.
- A wizard for adding a Microsoft account shall be displayed. The first thing you will have to do is enter your Microsoft account user name and the password. If you do not have any Microsoft account, then you can create one from here as well. Click on Sign In to proceed to the next step.
- It will ask you to enter your old password once again. You have to enter your local user account password, not the Microsoft account password and then click Next to proceed.
- It will give you an option to set a PIN code for signing in, but you can skip this step. If you choose to set a PIN, then you can use both PIN and the user password to sign in.
- That’s it. From now on you will use Microsoft account credentials to sign in to your Windows 10 PC.
Windows 10 allows you to use your Microsoft user account to sign-in to your PC. This is a little safer than using a local user account and auto-syncs your settings and files with your Microsoft account.