Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Need to set up a Microsoft account so I can download apps

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    windows 8

    Need to set up a Microsoft account so I can download apps


    I bought a new computer with Windows 8 preloaded, and really like the way it works, but when I first set up the computer as administrator, I by-passed the prompt to set up a hotmail e-mail account, thinking I could do this later.
    Do I have to create this e-mail account to be able to download apps from the App Store? If so, what do I do to get it done?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Yes you need a Microsoft account to be able to download apps from the Store. If you have ever used Hotmail, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Windows Messenger then you already have a Microsoft account and can use that information.

    Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8

    To begin with press the WindowsKey+I to bring up the settings pane and click Change PC Settings at the bottom.
    Then click Users
    You should see a "Switch to a Microsoft account" button underneath your username.
    You'll be asked to confirm your current password, if you didn't create one just hit enter.

    If you have an account already you can put in the address here, if not at the bottom you should see a "Sign up for a new email address" link so click that and create an account.

    Once you have created the Microsoft account and set it up in Windows, that email address and password will become your new login info for Windows.
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Dec 2012 at 17:42. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Need to set up a Microsoft account so I can download apps
Related Threads
My computer was set up using a single user account with admin privileges and all apps have been installed. In order to minimize the virus threat I now want to create a user account without admin privileges, but be able to access all apps and itunes library that I have already installed using the...
Solved Unable to connect microsoft account to domain account in User Accounts and Family Safety
I am a system administrator in a large enterprise environment and we are doing a rollout of Windows 8.1. In our image capture we somehow captured a setting that is disabling users from setting up a connected account with their domain account. I am relatively sure that it is in my unattend and I can...
Hi i do prefer a local account but when i try to install new apps from app store w8.1 asks me to switch to a microsoft account can i install apps with a local account? and how can i understand if i have a local account or microsoft account thanks
Hi With Windows 8.1 Update 1, when I switch a local account to a Microsoft account or vice versa, some dialog and confirmation/verification screen are displayed. It is possbile to save the inserted data in this dialog screens and eliminate confirmation/verification screen in order to automate...
Solved Windows 8 User Account/Microsoft Account Issues... in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hello. Since I bought this computer, I've had issues. I started by creating a user with my personal email address, but then thought I wanted it for work so I deleted the Microsoft account associated with that email and created another with my work email. However, I've noticed that some of the...
Microsoft Account vs Local Account & Desktop vs Laptop in User Accounts and Family Safety
I'm curious, How many use a Microsoft Account to log in or use a local account? If you use a Microsoft Account on your desktop, do you use the same Microsoft Account on your laptop? I have upgraded my desktop but have not upgraded my laptop yet. Not sure of the pros and cons of using a...
pls i cant change from microsoft account to my user account on the windows 8 preview platform can somebody help with this solution. Thanks
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook