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Help with microsoft account for someone new to win 8.1

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    Help with microsoft account for someone new to win 8.1


    I am planning to purchase a new win 8.1 AIO computer . My current computers are running Win 7 pro, so I have no win 8 experience

    I intend to keep my current Win7 machines (for guests) . I will only have the new computer and one tablet running win 8.1.

    Is the only reason to have a microsoft account is to get apps from the windows store and to sync between tablet and new computer ?

    Do I need local login credentials as well for new computer (like in win7 ) ? ( I assume local login credentials have to be different from the ms account)

    Since I have a gmail as well as a skype accounts can I choose one for the microsoft account? Or is it better to create a new one ?

    I am truly confused so please explain.

    I am not sure what to expect when I first power up the new computer and how to go about setting up admin , user accounts etc . I just hate to make a mistake and not able to correct it later.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
    I am planning to purchase a new win 8.1 AIO computer . My current computers are running Win 7 pro, so I have no win 8 experience

    I intend to keep my current Win7 machines (for guests) . I will only have the new computer and one tablet running win 8.1.

    Is the only reason to have a microsoft account is to get apps from the windows store and to sync between tablet and new computer ?

    Do I need local login credentials as well for new computer (like in win7 ) ? ( I assume local login credentials have to be different from the ms account)

    Since I have a gmail as well as a skype accounts can I choose one for the microsoft account? Or is it better to create a new one ?

    I am truly confused so please explain.

    I am not sure what to expect when I first power up the new computer and how to go about setting up admin , user accounts etc . I just hate to make a mistake and not able to correct it later.

    Thanks
    The following link explains what you can do. Basically you can associate any email address with your Windows live ID but there are details you should read about.

    Signing in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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    OK. I read the link and my understanding is that the MS Account name does not have to be a valid functioning email address even though it looks like one. Correct me if I am wrong. Tks
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    Sorry, but no. You will need to use a valid email address to create a Microsoft account with. A Microsoft account works best if you use an outlook.com address.

    Microsoft Account - Sign up for and Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Sorry, but no. You will need to use a valid email address to create a Microsoft account with. A Microsoft account works best if you use an outlook.com address.

    Microsoft Account - Sign up for and Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
    If I use an existing gmail address must the password for the microsoft account be the same one as the gmail password?

    Perhaps its best to sign up for a new outlook.com address. That way there wont be any confusion .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
    Perhaps its best to sign up for a new outlook.com address. That way there wont be any confusion .
    That is what I did for just that reason. I use xxx@gmail .com for mail and xxx@outlook.com (actually xxx@live.fr but it is the same) for Skydrive and log-on. You can associate your gmail account with your MS one but I didn't as it seemed less confusing to keep them separate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
    Perhaps its best to sign up for a new outlook.com address. That way there wont be any confusion .
    That is what I did for just that reason. I use xxx@gmail .com for mail and xxx@outlook.com (actually xxx@live.fr but it is the same) for Skydrive and log-on. You can associate your gmail account with your MS one but I didn't as it seemed less confusing to keep them separate.
    Thanks for the inputs everyone.

    I will keep my primary email separate because I dont think it's possible to link it to outlook.com because that email service uses a POP protocol . I might consider linking other secondary email accounts to outlook.com for simplicity.
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    If you like, you could also add your Gmail address as an alias to your Microsoft account (outlook).

    Microsoft Account Aliases - Add or Remove
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    If I elect to use gmail address as my log in name , must the password of the ms account be the same as the gmail account or can it be different?

    Gmail : myid@gmail.com password = pw1

    MS account : myid@gmail.com password = pw1 or can it be pw2

    thanks
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    If you add Gmail as an alias, then you could sign in to your Microsoft account with either email address and that same email address's password.
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