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Want the benefits of a Microsoft account on Windows 10 without a Microsoft email address? No problem. You can just use one of your existing non-Microsoft addresses like Gmail, iCloud, or Yahoo! to set up the account.

Open the Start menu and click on Your Username > Change Account Settings. Next, under Your Account, click on Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead.


When you see the sign-in prompt, look for the No account? Create one! link and click on it.

Now you can enter your non-Microsoft email address to associate it with your new Microsoft account. You’ll also need to type in a few details like your password, full name, birthday, and country. Ignore the Get a new email address link and proceed by clicking Next.

On the next screen, you can opt out of Microsoft’s personalized advertising How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop Windows 10 may be crossing a line with desktop ads and NSFW content. Microsoft and third-party developers can push promotional material directly onto your desktop. We show you how you can defend yourself. Read More and promotional offers. Hit Next again and follow the on-screen prompts to finish the setup process. Your Microsoft account with a non-Microsoft email address is now ready for use with Windows 10!


You can also use Windows with a local account, but it’s nice to have the Microsoft account for benefits like saving personalized settings, downloading apps from Windows Store, and syncing Edge passwords.

Do you use a Microsoft account or a local account with Windows 10? Tell us why you prefer one over the other!

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