Add a Microsoft® Account - Windows® 8

Note Notes:

  • The following steps only apply if you signed in without a Microsoft account during the initial setup of your device and have an existing account to use.
  • If you don't have an existing account, you can create one.


  1. From the right edge of the screen, swipe left to display the charms menu.
    Note If using a mouse, move the pointer to the upper or lower-right corner of the Start screen then move up/down.
    Note Alternatively, press the Windows+C keys ( windows key logo+C) located on the physical keyboard (if available).
    Swipe left with Charms menu
  2. Tap or click Settings.
    Charms menu with Settings
  3. Tap or click Change PC settings (located in the lower-right).
  4. From the left-pane, tap or click Accounts.
    Note If not available, tap or click the left arrow icon Left arrow icon (located in the upper-left) as necessary until 'PC settings' appears.
  5. Tap or click Connect to a Microsoft account.
    Note If prompted, enter your current password (for the local account) then tap or click Next.
  6. Enter the email address and password you use to sign in to other Microsoft services then tap or click Next.
    Note If presented, follow the remaining step-by-step instructions to complete account setup.
    Note The first Microsoft account to sign in is designated as the owner of the device. Any subsequent Microsoft accounts that are used to sign in won't have owner privileges (the ability to change or modify users, etc.).