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How to set up your Windows 10 user account

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1. Setting Up Your Account

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To set up your Windows account you need to fill in an online registration form. Access the form by visiting account.live.com (opens in new tab) in your web browser, or by tapping 'Create a new account' when prompted during your first boot. However you begin the process, the steps you need to complete are the same. Enter your first name, second name, date of birth and a few more details of that nature.

2. I don't have an email address

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Your Username is your email address. If you have a Google, Yahoo or any other type of address, enter it here. If you don't have an email address, don't worry. Just click 'Or get a new email address'. In the box under Username enter the address you'd like (it needs to be unique) and select either @hotmail or @outlook. If the name you select isn't unique, don't worry – the system will give you some hints.

3. A verification email

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When you're done, you'll receive an email asking you to verify the request to set up a Microsoft account. This is a very important step, as it prevents hackers creating an account in your name. So, when you receive the email make sure you tap the blue Verify bar. This lets Microsoft know everything is as it should be and it will finalise the last, automatic steps in the creation process.

4. Further configuration

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Congratulations! You've created your very own Microsoft account and you can now use it log into Window 10. It will also work on any of your Windows devices. If in the future you want to make changes – such as updating your password, redeeming a gift card, or changing your profile picture – just return to account.live.com, enter your account details and you'll be taken to a menu of configuration options.