There are many people out there who don’t understand the benefits of linking their Windows account with an online ID. This is a commonly available option these days. If you have an email account, you can link it with your Windows online account, and doing this offers up the following advantages.
- You can share files on the Homegroup using the online ID. That precludes the need for creating a Windows account from scratch, on another computer.
- The online email ID can be used to get access to the information you’ve stored on other computers on the same network, and this is very useful in many cases, such as getting your home computer files while sitting in your office.
There are two parts to the process of linking the two accounts. The first one involves adding the online ID provider; after that you need to set up the online ID with the Windows account you’re using at the time. All of this is explained below, but if you need further help, you may call Windows online support.
There are a few things you need for this feature to be usable. One of these is that the computer must be part of the homegroup. To set that up, use the help option in the OS, which can be accessed by hitting the F1 key. You also need to know that the linking feature does not work on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2.
Adding an online ID provider
- Go to the Start menu and then to Control Panel. From there, choose User Accounts, which will be under User Accounts and Family Safety.
- Choose the Link online IDs option, and then Add an online ID provider.
- Find the online provider on the list shown here, and then follow the prompts to complete the setup.
Linking the ID to the Windows account
- Go to User Accounts the same way you did for adding the online ID. Move to the Link online IDs option.
- Find the provider to link your Windows account with, and then select Link Online ID.
- Type in the credentials for the online ID, which comprise the user name and the password for the account. Then hit the Sign in button.
That was on how to set up your online email ID with your Windows account. For similar Windows online support tips and guidelines, check out the latest posts here.
Read more »