When you purchase a new laptop that runs on Windows operating system, you need to set up your device when you start it for the first time before you can use it. Similarly, you also need to set up the Windows user account when you add a new member or user to your device. Each time you have to go through a series of steps in order to create the Windows account using which you can log in or access various features offered by Windows.
Now by default, Windows 10 forces all the users to create a Microsoft account to login to your device but don’t worry since it is equally possible to create a local user account in order to sign in to Windows. Also, if you prefer you can use other email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc to create your Windows 10 account.
The only difference between using a non-Microsoft address and Microsoft account is that with the later one you get some additional features such as Sync across all devices, Windows store apps, Cortana, OneDrive, and some other Microsoft services. Now if you use non-Microsoft address then you can still use some of the above features by individually logging in to the above apps but even without the above features, you can easily survive.
In short, you can use Yahoo or Gmail email address to create your Windows 10 account and still have the identical benefits like the people using the Microsoft account gets such as sync settings and access to a number of Microsoft services. So without wasting any time let’s see how to create a new Windows 10 account using a Gmail address instead of Microsoft account with the help of the below-listed tutorial.
How to Create Windows 10 Account Using Gmail
Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.
Method 1: Create Windows 10 Account using existing Gmail Address
1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on the Accounts option.
2.Now from the left-hand window pane click on “Family & other people“.
3.Under “Other people”, you have to click on the + button next to “Add someone else to this PC”.
4.On the next screen when Windows Prompts to fill the box, you don’t need to type Email or phone number rather you need to click on “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” option.
5.In the next window, type your existing Gmail address and also provide a strong password which should be different than your Google account password.
Note: Although you can use the same password as your Google account but for security reasons, it is not recommended.
6.Select your region using the drop-down menu and click on the Next button.
7.You can also set your marketing preferences and then click Next.
8.Enter your current or local user account password or leave the field blank in case you didn’t set up a password for your account and then click Next.
9.On the next screen, you can either choose to set up a PIN to sign in to Windows 10 instead of using your password or you can skip this step.
10.In case you want to set up the PIN, simply click the “Set a PIN” button & follow the on-screen instructions but if you want to skip this step then click on the “Skip this step” link.
11.Now before you can use this new Microsoft account, you first need to verify this Microsoft User Account by clicking on the Verify Link.
12.Once you click on the Verify link, you will receive a confirmation code from Microsoft to your Gmail account.
13.You need to login to your Gmail Account and copy the confirmation code.
14.Paste the confirmation code and click on the Next button.
15.That’s it! You just created a Microsoft account using your Gmail email address.
Now you are all set to enjoy the benefits of using a Microsoft account on Windows 10 PC without actually using Microsoft email ID. So from now on, you will use the Microsoft Account that you just created using Gmail to log in to your Windows 10 PC.
Also Read: How to Setup Gmail in Windows 10
Method 2: Create a New Account
If you are opening your computer for the first time or you have done a clean installation of Windows 10 (wiping all the data of your computer) then you need to need to create a Microsoft account and set up a new password. But don’t worry in this case also you can use a non-Microsoft email to set up your Microsoft account.
1.Power on your Windows 10 computer by pressing the Power button.
2.To continue, simply follow the on-screen instructions until you see the “Sign in with Microsoft” screen.
3.Now on this screen, you need to enter your Gmail address and then click on Create account link at the bottom.
4.Next, provide a strong password which should be different than your Google account password.
5.Again follow the on-screen setup instructions and complete the setup of your Windows 10 PC.
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I hope the above steps were helpful and now you can easily Create Windows 10 Account Using Gmail, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment section.