General information about user accounts

Windows is a multi-user operating system, enabling several people to work on a single computer. When you start up your computer, you must provide your credentials, namely the e-mail address and password linked to your Microsoft account; the e-mail address is generally an address such as Hotmail (e.g., (e.g., Messenger, Xbox Live etc.

To use Microsoft services such as OneDrive (the online storage area) or Windows Store (the app download site), you must have a Microsoft account. You can then access these services regardless of the device you are using: for example, you can access files you have saved to OneDrive from your office PC, your tablet or even your smartphone; similarly, you can find all your contacts or your appointments regardless of what device you are using.

You can, of course, have more than one user account (a personal account and a business account, for example) and sign into them individually as required.