Microsoft account, you'll connect your PC to the people, files, and
devices you care about.
Do I need one?
You do not need a Microsoft ID to use Windows 8.1, but it makes life
easier because you can sync data across different machines you sign
in to using a Microsoft ID.
How do I get one?
If you've already installed Windows 8.1 and didn't sign in with a
Microsoft account or you don't have a Microsoft account and want to
get one, move your cursor to the upper right-hand corner of the
screen and click Settings > Change PC settings > Accounts >
Connect to a Microsoft account, and follow the onscreen
How do I add a favorite to Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer 10 doesn't have traditional favorites, instead you can
pin shortcuts to Start. Once you have the page open, swipe upwards
from the bottom edge of the screen to open the menu at the bottom of
the screen. Click Pin to Start.
How do I check for Windows updates?
Move your cursor to the upper right-hand corner of the screen and
click Settings > Change PC settings > Update & recovery >
Windows Update. Click Check now.
Where can I get more information?
For more information please visit the following pages:
• Windows 8 and 8.1 tutorials:
• Support FAQs:
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