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There are two types of user account you can use to sign-in to Windows 10 - Local accounts and Microsoft accounts

 

Local Account:-

 

A basic account consists of a username (and if required a password), and can only be used to log on to the computer it was created on

 

You will have to sign-in into additional Microsoft services (i.e. Windows Store, Skype, OneDrive etc) separately

 

Photos and documents won't be automatically stored in the cloud (OneDrive)

 

Settings will not be synced between all your Windows 10 devices

 

Microsoft Account:-

 

A Microsoft account allows you to sign-in with your email address and password - If you already use services such as Skype, Xbox, Outlook.com email or OneDrive then you already have a Microsoft Account and can use this to sign-in to your Windows 10 computer

 

Allows you to use the same sign-in on all your Windows 10 devices

 

Settings (such as desktop personalization, browser settings, internet history and favorites, language/keyboard/mouse settings) can be configured to follow you to any computer - so all devices you use will look and behave the same

 

Automatically connects you to your OneDrive account, and other Microsoft services such as Outlook.com, Skype and the Windows Store without having to sign-in separately

 

All documents/photos are automatically stored in the cloud (OneDrive) so you can easily access them on all of your devices

 

 

So in summary if you are using other Microsoft services and want to make full use of your new computer then it is better and easier to use a Microsoft account to sign-in, then you can have access to everything you need without having to sign-in separately every time you want to download from the Windows Store, use Skype or any other Microsoft apps

 

Creating a New User Account

 

You can create user accounts in Windows 10 by clicking Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & other people

 

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You then have two options, you can add a "family member" or "other user"

 

If you add a family member you can choose between child or adult - if you select child then you will be able to configure various safety settings such as blocking websites, setting time limits and choosing what apps and games they can access - you will also be able to view a activity report to monitor what they are using the computer for

 

If you choose Add a family member then you will need to sign-in with (or create) a free Microsoft account and password for each user

 

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If you wish to add someone else to your computer (or you wish to add a user account without being forced to use a Microsoft Account) then click Add someone else to this PC

 

You can then enter the users email address (or phone number) and it will then prompt for existing password

 

OR

 

If you don't know the details or don't have a Microsoft account you can click I don't have this person's sign-in information, on the next screen you will have the option to create a new Microsoft account, or you can click Add a user without a Microsoft account to create a new Local account rather than using a Microsoft account

 

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Choosing What Windows Settings Are Synced With a Microsoft Account

 

You can choose what Windows settings will be synced between your devices using your Microsoft account by clicking Start > Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings

 

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Family Settings (Parental Controls)

 

Once you have added one (or more) family members to your computer you will then be able to access the Microsoft Family website to view activity reports and change settings

 

To do this click Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & other users and then click on Manage family settings online as highlighted below

 

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This will then take you to the Microsoft Family website where you will be asked to login using your main Microsoft account

 

From here you can add/remove family members, view activity reports, configure time restrictions and block websites, applications and games

 

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