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Setting up a new pc – which account to use?

When you set up Windows 10 on a device you will be asked to set up an account; you will have several choices:

  1. Set up a local log on account (use this if you prefer to have your logon credentials entirely separate from your online accounts)

  2. Use your Microsoft Account to logon (use this if you want to be able to automatically sync files and browser history across your devices)

  3. Log in with your work account (if this is a work owned device or only used for work related content and you’re happy for your organisation to have control over what the device can do and access)

So which one should you choose.  It can depend on who owns your device.  Does your organisation have a BYOD device policy or does the device belong to your organisation?

  1. If the device belongs to your organisation, then you will be logging on using your work credentials.  In all likelihood IT will have taken care of this process for you and all you need to do is enter your work username and password. Connecting to your work account will give you access to all your work resources, apps, file locations etc.

  2. If the device is owned by you and you’re connecting it your work network, then you will probably login using you Microsoft Account or local account and then connect to your work account to get access to work resources.

Your Microsoft Account gives you access to all your files across all your Windows 10 devices, as well as your Android or iPhone.  Your Microsoft Account also gives you cloud storage (OneDrive – Personal) and access to Office online.

The following instructions assume you have already logged on and wish to manage your account settings.

Logging in with a Local Account

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings | Accounts | Your Info

  2. Select Sign in with a local account instead, follow the steps and create a local account user name and password

  3. From within Account | Settings | Email & app accounts you can now add your Microsoft Account or Work account as required

Logging in with your Microsoft Account

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings | Accounts | Email & app accounts

  2. Under Accounts used by other apps, select Add a Microsoft account.

  3. Follow the prompts to add your Microsoft account. You may need to verify your identity by entering a confirmation code.

Connecting to your work Office 365 Account

  1. Click Start | Settings | Accounts | Access work or school

  2. Choose Connect | Enter your work email address i.e. choose Next

  3. Enter your password and choose Sign In

Tips for business owned computers:

Want to make the login for your users on their computer the same as their Office 365 login and password?

When setting up a PC for the first time select the first option below, this will use Azure Active Directory  so the computer login and password is also your Office 365 Login and password.

Login Screen



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