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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. If you have 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 and press Next.
Type the password of your Microsoft account, and press Next.
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.
You can also choose to confirm your identity with a sign-in request on your smartphone, using the Microsoft Authenticator app.
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."
Now enter a PIN code for quick access and then repeat it. Press OK to continue.
Then, Windows 10 asks 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.
You are asked to link your phone and PC using your phone number. If you want this link to be enabled, 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."
If you want to use OneDrive to save your important files in the cloud, you can choose to enable it on the next screen. You can opt-out and not use this feature by clicking on "Only save files to this PC."
If you want to get help from Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, 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.
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, and Tailored experiences. We recommend that you carefully read what each of these options does and only turn on those you feel comfortable with. When you are finished changing settings, press Accept.
Windows 10 takes a while to prepare your computer or device, your apps, and all the settings.
When it is done, you are logged in, 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 a local account
If you do not want to use a Microsoft account, when the Windows 10 installation asks about it, you can choose to create and use an offline account on your PC, also known as a local user account (or non-Microsoft account). To do that, click or tap on the "Offline account" link at the bottom left of the sign-in screen.
Microsoft tries to convince you that an online account is better. If you still want the offline account, click or tap Limited experience on the next step.
We noticed that on some Windows 10 PCs the "Offline account" option highlighted earlier is missing. It seems random, because we used the same Windows 10 Setup disc on multiple PCs with different results. If you don't see this option, you can create a local account during the Windows 10 setup only if you disconnect your PC from the internet before starting the installation process. Then, you are taken directly to the screen where you can choose a name for your local user account. Insert your desired user name and press Next.
Enter the password that you want to use for your offline account and press Next.
For offline accounts, Windows 10 always asks you to create three security questions. Choose the questions you prefer, enter their answers, and press Next.
You get 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. 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.
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.
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 carefully read what each of these options does and turn on only those you feel comfortable with. Press Accept when you are done.
Windows 10 takes a while to prepare your computer or device, your apps, and all your settings. When it finishes, you are logged in, and you can view the desktop.
Do you like Windows 10?
As you can see, the setup process for Windows 10 is lengthy, 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 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? Would you recommend it to others? Comment below and let's discuss.