Setup a Microsoft Account on Windows 8
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Hi, you are watching VisiHow and today we are going to teach you how to set up your own Microsoft account on your Windows 8 computer. You can also set up a Microsoft account without a Windows computer; however, this is going to focus on the steps necessary to take with your Windows computer.
- 7For those of you who have watched the earlier tutorials.You will notice we have our customized lock screen, and our customized account picture here. We have not set up a picture password yet. We will get to that in another video on picture passwords. Anyway, back to our Microsoft account. We are going to click on 'accounts'. This is under the PC settings options. We are going to click on accounts and this will open the accounts window.
- 8We have the option to choose from our accounts, sign in options, and other accounts.What we are interested in doing specifically is connecting to a Microsoft account. We are going to click on that. You will notice that my mouse pointer does not change; however, this is a clickable link, so click on 'connect to a Microsoft account'.
- 16We will go ahead and create passwords when we get down to that section."Passwords must have eight characters and two of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols". Symbols are things like exclamation points, periods, and the ampersand sign, dollar signs. You need two of them, two different ones.
- 17'Country/Region', you are going to select the country or region where you're from.Honestly, we always recommend selecting the United States unless you're in a nether recognized country where everything is easy, like the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, France, Spain, Canada, and much of Europe.
- 18However, you will notice on the list we have the United States and then you can scroll up to Canada, but that's all North America.Things in the United States and Canada are very different than things in for example Mexico are, especially if you use Xbox live, or services like that. You will notice this.
- 22'Select a Birthday', Let's make this something relatively easy to remember 1979, 'gender'- not specified, VisiHow is a none gender creature.'Phone number', 'country code', state an 'alternative email address', there we go, "of the two options you have to give us one". So, let's pick an alternate email address info@VisiHow.com. That's pretty easy, right?
- 27"Clicking next means that you agree to the Microsoft services agreement and privacy in cookie statement".If you are on this page, you can click on the Microsoft services agreement that will open a window and let you read about that. You could also click on the privacy in cookie statement. However, it is my personal opinion that neither of these items matter because if you disagree with them, it means that you are not going to click next and you cannot use the service.
- 29Help us protect you, "Accessing sensitive information from your account or device, or if we detect suspicious account activity, we will ask for a security code to verify your identity.(If you sign infrequently on this device we won't ask you to verify after this)". "How would you like to get this code?" Email. Thanks. "To verify that this is your email address, enter it below and click next". Okay, so let's enter in our email address and we are going to go ahead and click 'next', at which point we will receive a code.
- 30Okay, "if (your email address) matches the email address on your account, we will send you a code".Okay, so now we need a code. Let's open our email real quick. I'm going to step away from the screen, open the email, and I will be right back. Okay, we are back. Interestingly enough I did not immediately receive the code. I'm going to paste that code in. I received that code. It did take me a couple minutes to receive the code and I was a bit surprised by that. However, I guess sometimes these things take time, even if it is Microsoft or Google doing the sending.
- 33Okay, "OneDrive is your cloud storage, your camera roll, PC settings will automatically be backed up to the cloud, and new documents you create will automatically be saved to OneDrive by default.That way you can get to them from any device, even if something happens to your PC". Okay, so basically what this means in simple terms, is that if you load up some pictures Here we see the photos, documents, or your computer settings, All of these will be saved into the cloud. Now if that is a bit confusing for you in simple terms it means that if your computer dies, for lack of a better term, and you need to get a new computer, As long as you get a Windows computer, When you sign in to Microsoft, They will ask you if you would like to synchronize your cloud settings. and all of your documents, pictures and everything else that you had before, On the other PC, will be available from the cloud. This is a very convenient and helpful setting, unless you are doing things you do not want other people to see in which case you probably do not want done.
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