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In Windows 10 you can log onto your computer with either a “Local Account” or a “Microsoft Account”. This is generally setup when your set up your computer for the first time, however you can switch from a Local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa in your computer settings.
Microsoft accounts use your email address and your email password to log into your computer. If you can’t remember your email password, this could be a problem in creating a Microsoft account. Your Microsoft account also logs you in to any Microsoft products that you own, such as Word and Outlook. You can Sync your data between multiple computers with your Microsoft account using the Cloud. If this is a feature that you use, then you should log in with a Microsoft account.
Local accounts mean just that. It is local to the computer that you are using. Your account information isn’t sent to the Cloud or to Microsoft. It’s not accessible from any other computer or device. You set a username and password just for the computer you are using. It’s not linked to your email address. If you always use the same computer and you aren’t sharing access with any other machine, a Local account is the way to go. It’s secure and private as everything remains on your one computer. Your username and password can be anything that you want it to be.
To find out which type of account you are using, go to Settings and choose Account. You can see in the My Info section which type of account you are logged in with.
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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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