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All about Microsoft accounts and The Store

Windows 10 has brought about a slew of new features. There’s so many now it’s gotten to the point that we don’t even use them all. There’s one feature that some people seem to be using only half of, and that’s Microsoft Accounts. When you create one of these accounts, you can sign into your computer with it. If you have an @msn.com, @live.com, @microsoft.com, or @hotmail.com email account, you already have a Microsoft account!

One of the many features of this account is the ability to reset your password. With a regular (local) account, if you forget your password it’s very difficult to reset without the help of a professional. With a Microsoft Account you can simply use an attached phone number or backup email address to reset your password.

The biggest feature I want to mention, however, is the Microsoft Store. The Microsoft Store is Microsoft’s answer to the App Store on Apple products or the Google Play store on Android. The Microsoft Store requires that you be using a Microsoft Account, and if you’re logging into your computer with one it’s even easier. All the apps on there are approved by Microsoft, so you don’t have a huge risk like you normally do on Windows installing free apps on the internet. There are paid apps too, and then you have the benefit of only Microsoft getting your credit card number, so you don’t have to worry about a shady software vendor stealing from you.

The Microsoft Store comes pre-installed on every Windows 10 (and Windows 8) machine when you get it. It’s the icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen that looks like a little shopping bag. Just make sure to record your password somewhere if you decide to start using it. As always, we’re available if you need help getting set up.

Updated: November 8, 2018 — 12:37 pm
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