How To Create a Microsoft Account

Microsoft has many products and services that you are probably using or will use before too long.  To exploit these services and products fully,  you need to have a Microsoft account.

If you already have an account with one of the Microsoft products like Hotmail,  One Drive,  Xbox live or any other account that lets you use one or more of the Microsoft services,  then you already have a Microsoft account.  Simply sign in with your details at

If you don’t, you need to sign up for an account.  The process of creating a Microsoft account is free and easy.  Go to the Sign up page.

Here are the things you will need to fill the sign up form:

Name:  You have to fill in your First and Last name.  Choose a name you will not forget.  This name will appear when you sign in to services using this account.

Username: You can use your existing email account to create a Microsoft account.  i.e. if you have a Yahoo, Gmail or any other email,  you can use it to create your Microsoft account.

If you want to create a new Email from Microsoft with your account,  you can select that option in the username section of the sign up form.

You will use the email address you chose in the username section to verify your Microsoft account.  Sometimes you will be asked to verify using your mobile phone.  This is a better way of account verification.

Password:  Like any other web account,  choose a strong password that cannot be easily guessed.  Microsoft  has its own criteria for a strong password.  You have to follow it.

Birthday,  Region and Gender:  This is additional information that will enable Microsoft to give you a more personalized experience while using their services.

Phone number:  The phone number you provide should be a working mobile phone for best results.  Choose the country code and enter your phone number correctly.  This number will be used by Microsoft to verify you are th owner of the account in case you are unable to access it.

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