How to create a Microsoft account with or without a Microsoft e-mail address

Do you want to use Microsoft products and services like Windows 10, Xbox, Skype, Office 365 or OneDrive? Then, in order to get access to all features and benefits, you need a Microsoft account. There are many ways to create one, including from Windows 10 or an Xbox console. However, the best way is to create a Microsoft account in a web browser and then use it to sign into the products and services that you want to use. Here’s how to create a Microsoft account in just one minute, with and WITHOUT creating a Microsoft e-mail address:

How to create a Microsoft account using an Outlook.com or Hotmail.com e-mail address

Open any web browser and go to Microsoft’s Create account page. You are asked to complete a long form with lots of personal details. First, type your first name and your last name and, because you want an e-mail address from Microsoft, click or tap the link that says “Get a new email address”.

A new version of the same form is loaded, where you can type the username that you want for your new email address and for your Microsoft account. Type the email address that you want and Microsoft will quickly validate whether it is available. If it isn’t available, you are informed and you have to change the address. If the e-mail you typed is available, you can go ahead and type the password that you want to use. Keep in mind that the password must have at least eight characters and include at least two of the following: letters, numbers, and symbols.

Re-enter the password that you have typed and provide further information like your country, birthdate, and gender. Scroll down the form and you are asked to provide information for protecting your Microsoft account, which includes your phone number and an alternate email address. You must complete these fields, as they will be used to verify your identity and recover your account or password, when you have problems accessing your Microsoft account. You will also have to type a captcha code, to verify that you are a person and not an automated bot. Before, pressing “Create account, make sure that you uncheck the option which says “Send me promotional offers from Microsoft” so that you will receive less spam from Microsoft.

After pressing the “Create account button, you are informed that before proceeding, Microsoft needs to make sure a real person is creating your account and ask you to confirm your phone number. If this happens, press the Send code button and a verification code is sent to your number. Type the access code that you just received and click or tap the “Create account” button one more time.

If everything went well, your Microsoft account is now created and you also get an e-mail address from Microsoft.

How to create a Microsoft account without using an Outlook.com or Hotmail.com e-mail address

Open any web browser and go to Microsoft’s Create account page. You are asked to complete a long form with lots of personal details. First, type your first name and your last name. Then, in the User name field, type the email address that you want to use, which is NOT from Microsoft. You can type any e-mail address that you are actually using, including an address from services like Gmail or Yahoo.

Enter and re-enter the password that you want to use for your Microsoft account. We advise you to type a different password than the one you use for the e-mail address that you have provided above. Keep in mind that the password must have at least eight characters and include at least two of the following: letters, numbers, and symbols. Complete the form and provide further information like your country, birthdate, and gender.

Scroll down and you are asked to provide information for protecting your Microsoft account, which includes your phone number. This information will be used to verify your identity and recover your account or password, when you have problems accessing your Microsoft account. You will also have to type a captcha code, to verify that you are a person and not an automated bot. Before, pressing “Create account”, make sure that you uncheck the option which says “Send me promotional offers from Microsoft” so that you receive less spam from Microsoft.

After pressing the “Create account” button, you are informed that before proceeding, Microsoft needs to make sure a real person is creating your account and ask you to confirm your phone number. If this happens, press the Send code button and a verification code is sent to your phone number.

Type the access code that you just received and click or tap the “Create account” button one more time.

If everything went well, your Microsoft account is now created without creating an email address with Microsoft. You can continue using your personal email address like you did so far and use it to access Microsoft’s services and devices.

Conclusion

As you can see from this guide, it’s easy to create a Microsoft account, even if you don’t want to use an email address from Microsoft. Follow our instructions and you will be done in about a minute. If you have issues or questions, don’t hesitate to ask using the comments form below.