Creating a Microsoft Account

Take these steps to ensure you are creating a Microsoft account so you have access to Skype, OneDrive, and more services.

Creating a Microsoft account

If you have a Hotmail account or any account that lets you use any other Microsoft service, like OneDrive or XBox Live, you already have a Microsoft account—just sign in with your existing account information.

To create a Microsoft account:

  1. Go to login.live.com. Locate and select Sign up now.


    Screenshot of Microsoft Account Sign Up PageClicking Sign up now
  2. The sign up form will appear. Follow the directions and enter the required information, such as your name, birth date, and gender.


    Screenshot of Microsoft accountEntering your information
  3. Review the Microsoft Services Agreement and privacy statement, then click Create account.
    Screenshot of Microsoft OneDriveClicking Create account
  4. Your Microsoft account is now created, and the account settings page will appear.
    Screenshot of Microsoft Account The Microsoft account settings page

Just like with any online service, it's important to choose a strong password—in other words, one that is difficult for someone else to guess. For more information, check out our Password Tips lesson.