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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. dickens@hotmail.com), outlook.com (e.g. dickens@outlook.com), 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.