How To Connect A Windows 10 User Profile To A Microsoft Account (2020)
- February 13, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
The following video covers How To Connect A Windows 10 User Profile To A Microsoft Account in 2020. There are several benefits to creating a Microsoft Windows 10 user without a Microsoft Account. Firstly, you may not need any of the connected services that are made available with the Windows 10 operating system. Secondly, you may be creating an account for a family member who has no access to e-mail. Thirdly, you get the added privacy of not having your information collected and shared over the cloud.
Step By Step Instructions Showing How To Connect A Windows 10 User Profile To A Microsoft Account (2020)
The following step by step instructions will walk you through how to create a Windows 10 user profile to a Microsoft account. The process of doing so is extremely easy, as long as you pay close attention it will go smoothly
- Click On Your Start Menu Button or Click The Cortana Search Box
- Select Settings
- Choose Accounts
- On The Left Hand Side, Make Sure Your Info Is Selected
- On The Right Hand Side, Select Sign In With A Microsoft Account Instead
- If You Have A Microsoft Account, Sign In
- If You Do Not Have A Microsoft Account, Click No Account? Create One!
- Click Sign In
- Enter Your Current Windows Password, If One Exists
- Click Next
- (Optional) Click Next To Use Windows Hello Instead Of Your Password
- If Necessary, Click Verify Below The Newly Connected Account
- Follow The Prompts To Verify Your Account
In a previous post, I showed users how to create a user in Windows 10 without an e-mail address. Alternatively, this post will show how to connect a Windows 10 user profile to a Microsoft account.
However, users may change their minds and opt to connect their user profile to a Microsoft account. Later in this post we will cover some of the benefits of doing so. Suffice to say, learning how to connect a Windows 10 user profile to A Microsoft account can be very useful. The process of connecting a Windows 10 profile to a Microsoft account is also painless.
Benefits You Gain By Learning How To Connect A Windows 10 User Profile To A Microsoft Account
Microsoft is not ashamed when it comes to advertising certain benefits that come with connecting your user profile to a Microsoft account. Below is a list of the primary benefits included with the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. You will receive these when connecting a Windows 10 user profile to a Microsoft account:
- Settings Sync Across All Windows Devices (Theme, Internet Explorer, Passwords, Language Preferences, etc.)
- App Downloads From The Microsoft Store
- Cortana Limitations On Voice And Search Control
- OneDrive Shared Cloud Drive Storage
- Built-In App Features And Updates
Out of the box, the Windows 10 operating system comes packaged with nearly everything non-Microsoft account users might need. However, if you want to take advantage of any features listed above then you will want to use a Microsoft account.
Are You Really Missing Out? – Sync, App Downloads & Cortana
The first benefit of account synchronization might not seem very beneficial at first. However, if you have multiple Windows 10 devices, including a Microsoft Xbox One or later, the settings and device synchronization is a nice convenience. App downloads might also be essential in your Windows 10 experience. Many of the newer hardware devices require a Microsoft App, such as the Xbox One controller.
Cortana can be a mixed bag. If you are the type of user who regularly uses voice commands to schedule appointments, do searches or send messages then it will likely be worth setting up an account. I personally use Siri all the time on my Macbook. If Apple decides I need an Apple ID to use it (which they do), I’d be the first to sign up.
Are You Really Missing Out? – OneDrive, App Features & Privacy
OneDrive shared cloud storage is probably the greatest benefit when learning how to connect a user profile to a Microsoft account. As of the writing of this post, Microsoft gives a free 15 GB of cloud-based storage for Microsoft account holders. OneDrive integrates nicely with all of the Microsoft Apps and software as well. This means tight integration with Microsoft Office 365 and many others.
Obviously, the major trade-off is loss of privacy. As with any cloud-based service you will be relinquishing your account and usage behavior to Microsoft to use as they please.
Finally, built-in App features and updates are always a benefit. The implication here is that you’ll have access to new apps as they are released by Microsoft and you won’t need to worry about manually going out and downloading updates. It is important to note that these updates are for Microsoft Store Apps, not 3rd party software programs. I differentiate between Microsoft Store Apps and software programs in length in my lesson showing how to quickly update Windows 10 apps.
Obviously, the major trade-off is loss of privacy. As with any cloud-based service you will be relinquishing your account and usage behavior to Microsoft to use as they please. Most data collection services only use this data for targeted advertising and product improvements. However, that doesn’t mean they will always be used in that manner.