So your computer performed a windows update and now it is annoying you with the “Get even more out of Windows Screen” and there are only so many times you can click “Skip for now”.
Here are your options and what to do for whatever you decide.
Use a Microsoft Account
If you are currently using a Local Account (usually you won’t need a password to sign in to your PC or on sign in it won’t show your email address) Then this is a good time to either create a Microsoft account or leave it be.
Why would you want to use a Microsoft Account? Here are some pros and cons so that you can make your own decision on what you want todo.
1- Settings Sync Across Your Devices. If you are a nerd like me then you usually will have multiple computers, or you may just be setting up a new computer. Using your Microsoft Account means that all of your personalisation settings move with you. Changes made to your start menu, desktop background and some network options appear like magic on your new or second computer.
2- Windows Store Apps. The Windows App Store has definitely seen its share of criticism and mainly because of the lack of developers focusing on it and spending their time developing for other platforms like Apples App Store and Googles Playstore. Microsoft however has improved this massively over the last few years. The Apps are now being better integrated into Windows 10 makes using the Microsoft Apps easier than in previous Windows versions. By using your Microsoft Account in the Microsoft Store any apps purchased will be automatically available for download on a second device or will show for download if you are looking to transfer to a new computer. Making your setup so much easier todo.
3- OneDrive. Here we get to the really cool (nerdy) part of your Microsoft Account. When signed in you are able to save your Desktop, Document and Pictures folders directly to OneDrive. So….big deal you say…..well think of this. If you are using multiple computers, your files that you save on one computer is then instantly available on your other computer. All this without the need to email it to yourself or even save it to a USB. Now let’s think about what would happen if your computer goes KABOOM (yes it is a technical term). You are able to sign in to a new computer with your Microsoft Account and all of your data in those folders appear like magic.
1 – Security If you use your Microsoft account to sign in hackers really only need your password to access your information. So a secure password is key…please don’t use the Dogs name.
2- Privacy Windows 10 has come under fire for its approach to privacy and data security but also using a Microsoft Account has its own privacy concerns. Below is a section of Microsofts Privacy Statement regarding Cortana (Microsoft’s version of Siri)
Creating your Microsoft account: Some data you provide, such as your display name, email address, and phone number, can be used to help others find and connect with you within Microsoft products.Signing in to Microsoft account: When you sign in to your Microsoft account, we create a record of your sign-in, which includes the date and time, information about the product you signed in to, your sign-in name, the unique number assigned to your account, a unique identifier assigned to your device, your IP address, and your operating system and browser version.Using work or school accounts: If you use a Microsoft product with an account provided by an organisation you are affiliated with, such as your work or school account, that organisation can […] control and administer your Microsoft product and product account, including controlling privacy-related settings of the product or product account [and] access and process your data, including the interaction data, diagnostic data, and the contents of your communications and files associated with your Microsoft product and product accounts.
Sounds a little scary ey? but to be honest it is only in line with other data collected from the other big tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook. You are also able to change several of the default settings by using additional privacy tools.
I want to stick with my Local Account
If you decide that a Microsoft Account is not for you and you want to stick with your Local Account, then a little tip for you to stop Microsoft forcing you to sign in with your Microsoft Account is type PCUSER in the login section of the update screen and it will take you back to your desktop.
Remember if you have any questions about this please feel free to message us or call us (07) 5481 1410.