How to Make Microsoft Account in Windows 10?

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2024 by

If you’re setting up a new Windows 10 device, you may be prompted to create a Microsoft account during the setup process. While this may seem like a necessary step, there are ways to bypass this and set up your device without a Microsoft account. In this article, we’ll discuss how to make a Microsoft account in Windows 10 and how to set up your device without one.

Why Create a Microsoft Account?

Before we dive into the steps, let’s first understand why you may want to create a Microsoft account in the first place. A Microsoft account allows you to access various Microsoft services, such as OneDrive, Skype, and Office 365. It also allows you to sync your settings and preferences across multiple devices, making it easier to switch between devices seamlessly.

How to Create a Microsoft Account in Windows 10

If you decide to create a Microsoft account during the Windows 10 setup process, here’s how you can do it:

  1. On the “Sign in with Microsoft” screen, click on the “Create one!” link.
  2. Enter your email address and click on “Next.”
  3. Create a password for your account and click on “Next.”
  4. Enter your first and last name and click on “Next.”
  5. Enter your country/region and date of birth, then click on “Next.”
  6. Verify your email address by entering the code sent to your email and click on “Next.”
  7. Review the Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement, then click on “Next.”
  8. Your Microsoft account is now created and you can use it to sign in to your Windows 10 device.

How to Set Up Windows 10 Without a Microsoft Account

If you prefer not to use a Microsoft account to sign in to your Windows 10 device, you can bypass this step during the setup process. Here’s how:

  1. On the “Sign in with Microsoft” screen, click on the “Offline account” option.
  2. Click on “Limited experience” to set up a local account.
  3. Enter a username and password for your local account and click on “Next.”
  4. You can now continue with the setup process without a Microsoft account.

How to Switch to a Microsoft Account After Setup

If you’ve already set up your Windows 10 device without a Microsoft account, but now want to switch to one, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” and click on “Accounts.”
  2. Click on “Your info” and then click on “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.”
  3. Enter your Microsoft account email and password and click on “Sign in.”
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the process.


While creating a Microsoft account can have its benefits, it is not necessary for setting up a Windows 10 device. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily bypass the Microsoft account setup and use a local account instead. However, if you do decide to create a Microsoft account, it can provide you with access to various Microsoft services and make it easier to switch between devices.

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