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How to configure Windows 10 to use a Microsoft account

You are asked to sign in with your Microsoft account. If you want to do so, enter your credentials and click or tap Sign in, otherwise skip to the next section of this article. Also, if at the previous step, you selected to set the PC for an organization, you are asked how you want to connect Windows to your organization. Either way, enter your sign-in details.

Signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account

NOTE: If you have enabled two-step verification for your Microsoft account, you are asked to enter a security code before moving forward, to validate your identity. You may also be asked to approve a sign-in request on your smartphone, using the Microsoft Authenticator app. If you did not enable two-step verification for your Microsoft account, then go to the next step.

At this step, the Windows 10 setup asks whether you want to create a PIN for faster access to your system. Press "Create PIN."

Choosing to create a PIN to use for your user account

Now enter a PIN code for quick access, and then repeat it. Press OK to continue.

Creating the PIN code that you want to add to your user account

At the next step, you are asked to link your phone and PC, using your phone number. If you want this link to be enabled, you must select your country code, type your phone number and press Send.

You receive an SMS with the download link for a Microsoft app, on your smartphone. To move forward, press Next. You can also skip this step and choose "Do it later."

Linking your smartphone to your Windows 10 PC

If you want to use OneDrive to save your important files in the cloud, on the next screen, you can choose to enable it. Of course, you can also opt out and not use this feature, although we do not recommend it.

Choosing whether to enable OneDrive or not

How to configure Windows 10 to use an offline account

If you do not want to use a Microsoft account, when the Windows 10 installation asks you about it, you can choose to create and use an offline account on your PC, also known as a local user account. To do that, click or tap on the "Offline account" link at the bottom left of the sign-in screen.

Opting to use an offline account instead of a Microsoft account

If you chose to create an offline account, Microsoft tries to convince you that a Microsoft account is better. If you still want the offline account, press No at the next step.

Confirming that you want to use an offline account

Then, enter the name you want to use for the offline account that you are creating right now.

Entering the name of the offline user account

Enter the password that you want to use for your offline account.

Entering the password for the offline user account

When you choose to create an offline account, Windows 10 always asks you to create security questions for it.

Choose the questions you prefer and enter their answers.

Configuring the three security questions for the offline user account

How to finalize the installation of Windows 10

Regardless of whether you chose to use a Microsoft account or an offline account for your Windows 10 installation, now you get to choose to use Cortana to be your personal assistant or not. You can also set whether you want to let Cortana respond to "Hey Cortana" by checking or unchecking this option.

Choosing whether to enable Cortana or not

If you want to enable and use the Timeline and other Windows 10 features that require storing and syncing information, the next screen of the Windows 10 installation lets you opt in or out. For the best Windows 10 experience you can get, if you are using multiple Windows 10 devices, we recommend that you choose Yes.

Enabling or disabling the activity history

The final configuration step is all about your privacy settings. On the "Choose privacy settings for your device" screen, select whether you want to enable or disable features like Location, Diagnostic data, Find my device, Speech recognition, Inking & typing, and Tailored experiences.

We recommend that you read carefully what each of these options does, and turn on only those you feel comfortable with.

Configuring the privacy settings for your Windows 10 device

Windows 10 takes a while to prepare your computer or device, your apps, and all the settings.

Finalizing the installation of Windows 10

When it is done, you are logged into Windows 10, and you can view the Desktop. Congratulations, you have installed Windows 10 on your PC, all by yourself!

Do you like Windows 10?

As you can see, the setup process for Windows 10 is not difficult to go through, and there are quite a few things you can configure about the way it works, even before you finish installing it. We hope that our guide was complete enough to guide you through all the required steps. If you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to ask below. Also, we want to know your first impressions with Windows 10. Do you like this operating system? Comment below and let's discuss.