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W8 Microsoft account

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by chartwise, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. chartwise

    chartwise Thread Starter

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    In Windows 8 I understand it is better to login using a Microsoft Account.

    Do I have to have a HOTMAIL account or can I use my own email address?
    Also do I have to get a Microsoft Account before getting Windows 8 or can I get it when I first get Windows 8 as part of the setup?

    If i have to get it before, where do I get it from?

    All help much appreciated
     
  2. golddust

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    Get your Microsoft account from www.outlook.com (the new name for Hotmail). The email account name will be [email protected] (Hotmail and Live.com accounts are no longer available but will work if you already have one).

    If you set up before getting your Microsoft account, set up as a Local Account, get your Outlook.com account, then go into Settings (Setting Charm), PC Settings, Users, Switch to a Microsoft Account.
     
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    Better why? Better for whom?
     
  4. chartwise

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    So this means that I cannot use my current email account (which is a non-Microsoft account) is that correct?
     
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