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May 26, 2021

Windows Accounts

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.

Have a great week!

Kathie Pearce
ComputerFAQ - #56


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