Step 1The wizard by default wishes that you create a Microsoft Account. The first screen of the wizard shows that desire. You are prompted to enter an email id that can be used as the Microsoft Account. However, you can choose to create a local account, by clicking on “Sign in without a Microsoft account” link located at the bottom of the wizard screen. If you opt for local account, then continue with the next step, else skip to step 5.
Step 2The next screen shows what services (or advantages) each account type offers you. After going through the description, choose the account of your preference. If you select local account, then continue with the next step, else skip to step 5.
Step 3The next wizard screen asks for the credential details of the new local account. The details include
- User name
- Password and its confirmation
- Password hint – It can’t contain the password itself.
Step 4The next screen confirms the creation of the local account. Here, you can apply Family Safety filter if the new account is intended to be for a kid. With this, you have created a new local account. You don’t need to follow the article anymore.
Step 5Windows checks the email id that you entered in step 1, in order to see if you already have a Microsoft Account with this id. If the id has a Microsoft Account associated with it, then this is all that the wizard requires; you have successfully created a user account through Microsoft Account. The only requirement is that the user of that account would require an internet connection when he logs in the first time, so that Windows can verify and make the Microsoft Account ready for use. However, if the email id entered doesn’t have an associated Microsoft Account, then follow the next steps.
Step 6In case the email address doesn’t have a Microsoft Account, the wizard leads you to create on with that mail id. The first screen asks for the following details.
- Email address – It will simply copy the id that you had entered earlier.
- Password and its confirmation – This password is for the new Microsoft Account, and not the password of your email id. You would want to keep them different for security.
- First name
- Last name
- Zip code
Step 7Next, the wizard asks you to enter some information for security purposes. In case you lose your password, then these security details help you in recovering your account. You are required to enter at least any two of the following details.
- Phone number
- Alternate email id
- A security question and its answer