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How to configure Windows 10 with 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, if you want to use a local account on your Windows 10 PC, skip to the next section of this guide. Also, if you selected to set up the PC for an organization during the previous step, you are asked how you want to connect Windows 10 to your organization. Either way, enter your Microsoft account email.

Signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account

Then, enter the password of your Microsoft account.

Windows 10 setup asks for the password of your Microsoft account

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.

Depending on how you prefer, you can get the security code on your email account, as an SMS message on your phone, or from an authenticator app on your smartphone.

Choosing how to get the 2-step authentication security code

You can also choose to confirm your identity with a sign-in request on your smartphone, using the Microsoft Authenticator app.

Using Microsoft Authenticator to confirm your identity

On the next 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

Then, Windows 10 asks you if you want to enable the activity history. This setting controls whether Microsoft can enable and let you use the Timeline syncing your activities across your various devices. Choose Yes if you agree, or No if you do not.

Do more across devices with activity history

Next, 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, you can choose to enable it on the next screen. 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

If you want to get help from Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, now you can Accept to enable her. However, you should know that Microsoft needs to collect and use information about you and your device to be able to do that, including your location history, contacts, voice input, speech and handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, and others. If you agree, press Accept; otherwise, press Decline.

Choosing whether to enable Cortana or not

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 carefully read what each of these options does and only turn on 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 finished installing Windows 10 on your PC, all by yourself!

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, click or tap Limited experience on the next step.

Confirming that you want to use an offline account

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 three security questions for it. Choose the questions you prefer and enter their answers.

Configuring the three security questions for the offline user account

Then, you have to decide if you want to enable and use the Timeline and other Windows 10 features that require storing information about your activities. You can opt-out of using activity history by selecting No.

NOTE: Because you chose to use an offline account, if you enable this feature, your activity history is not sent to Microsoft but instead kept locally on your device, which means that you can see the timeline of your local activities only.

Enabling or disabling the activity history

Next, you get to choose whether you want to use Cortana as your digital 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

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, Online speech recognition, Inking & typing, Tailored experiences, and Advertising ID. 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.

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.