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Time to get a Microsoft Account?
What is a Microsoft Account anyway? If you use Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. the chances are you already have one. If you don’t use any Microsoft products other than Windows, then you may have created an account when you first set up your Windows computer.
A Microsoft account is free, and it is a way for you to sync your data across multiple devices. An account also comes in handy if you get a new computer. You can sign in with your existing account and a lot of your data is easily accessible. You can access any of your installed Microsoft product information from your account page as well.
In the past, you have been able to use Windows 10 without having a Microsoft account, using a “Local Account.” You can check and see if you are using a Microsoft or Local account by going to Windows 10 Settings. At the top it will either show your Microsoft Login name or it will show your name and “Local Account.”
If you intend on upgrading to Windows 11, a Microsoft account will be required. Just a reminder you will also need to be running Windows 10 version 2004 or later to upgrade.
If you don’t have an account and you want to get one, it’s easy. Go to www.microsoft.com. At the top right you will see an option to Sign In. When you click on it you will see a box to enter your sign in information. Under that you will see the words “No account? Create one!” Click on that to create a username and password for your new Microsoft account.
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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