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How to create a Windows 10 account using any email address

Windows 10 Microsoft account with a Gmail address
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On Windows 10, when setting up a device for the first time or adding a new user, creating a new account forces you to use a Microsoft account using an Outlook.com email address. However, if you use another provider, such as Google's Gmail, you can use that email address to set up the account.

Using another email provider, you can still access many of the same benefits people receive with a Microsoft account, such as settings sync and some Microsoft services.

If you must create a new account on Windows 10, but you want to keep using your familiar email address, the Settings app and Windows Setup experience can help you create a new account with any email address.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to set up a new account on your computer using a Gmail address instead of a Microsoft account.

How to create Windows 10 account with Gmail address using Settings

To create an account on Windows 10 using a Gmail email address, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Family & other people.
  4. Under the "Other users" section, click the Add someone else to this PC option.

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  1. Click the I don't have this person's sign-in information option.

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  1. Confirm your Gmail email address.

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  1. Confirm a new strong password. (For security reasons, you don't want to use the same Gmail address password.)
  2. Confirm your personal information.

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  1. Select your region and birthday information.

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  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Confirm the verification code sent to the original email address that you specified.

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  1. (Optional) Clear the I would like information, tips, and offers about Microsoft products and services option.
  2. Click the Next button.

Once you complete the steps, you can start using the computer with an account using an email address other than Outlook.

When using these steps, you're creating a Microsoft account using, in this case, a Google address, but this won't interrupt any of the Google services associated with your account.

After the account has been created, the device settings will sync across devices using the same account. In addition, you'll have access to other Microsoft services, including OneDrive and Office online, but as expected, Outlook.com won't be configured.

How to create Windows 10 account with Gmail account during OOBE

If you want to create an account using any email address during the out-of-box experience (OOBE), then use these steps:

  1. Select your region.
  2. Click the Yes button.

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  1. Select your keyboard layout.

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  1. Click the Yes button.
  2. Click the Skip button.
  3. Select the Set up for personal use option.

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  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Click the Create account option.

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  1. Confirm your email address.

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  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Confirm your email password.

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  1. (Optional) Clear the I would like information, tips, and offers about Microsoft products and services option.
  2. Click the Next button.
  3. Confirm your region and birthday.

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  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Continue with on-screen directions.

After you complete the steps, the account with your preferred email address will be created.

If you need assistance performing a clean install of Windows 10 or completing the out-of-box experience, use these instructions.

We're focusing this guide using Google's Gmail account, but you can use these steps with any email service, such as Yahoo, Zoho, ProtonMail, etc.

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

7 Comments
  • Eeeww.  Just eewww.
  • Mauro, this article is extremely misleading.  People still end up signing into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account. All your convoluted process really does is have people create a Microsoft account using a non-Microsoft email address (something which has been supported for many many years, BTW).  Yet by describing this as a "Windows 10 account" you make it sound like they are using their Gmail address to create a local account on their device for some reason. Just say what it is!  It is much more helpful for people to understand how and why to use a Microsoft account with Windows 10, and to know that they have an option to create a Microsoft account using an existing email address if they prefer (if they don't want an Outlook.com inbox). All of this obfuscation and nonsense about "how to use your Gmail address to create a Windows 10 account" is just confusing, sorry.    
  • Don't worry, its going to be fine.
    You should be more worried that it doesn't work the other way.
    If you decide to go apples, instead of bananas... Then you can't use Microsoft account on a Mac.
  • Maybe he edited it after your comment, but it seems clear to me. 
  • What exactly is lost by using a non Outlook/Hotmail email? You say a google email used in a Microsoft Account gets us "many" of the same benefits....which begs the question, what's lost?
  • Nothing is lost. You still end up with a Microsoft Account including email, Skype, Onedrive, etc. the reason some of us don’t use a Microsoft Account is because it enforces too much service bloat on you.  If if I already have email and cloud storage, I don’t want more.  I don’t want more stuff to manage or lock down, etc.  this is why I Like the Apple ID system. You can use your current account to create one, but it does not enforce iCloud on you just because you want to access the iTunes Store.  Google also lets you remove services like Gmail from your Google Account. Only at Yahoo! and Microsoft are you forced to deal with this massive service bloat just to access the account system.  So I’ll continue using my Local user account - thank you.  Article comes across as dishonest, because it leaves out so much pertinent information. It’s like the author has never personally done this and actually checked to see how it works. 
  • What do you mean by manage? If you don't want to us the extra stuff then don't use it? Like I get what you're saying by removing the service completely from the account, but what are you so busy managing when it's just sitting there?