Creating and managing user accounts

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In an upgrade, Windows 10 preserves your existing user profile and prompts you to sign in using the same credentials as on the upgraded device. On a clean install, you need to create the first account from scratch. In Windows 10, you have three options:

■ Microsoft account This is the default option for a personal device that isn’t joined to a domain. A Microsoft account (which is the direct descendant of the former Passport and Windows Live ID services) uses an email address and password to enable various cloud services. For Windows 10 devices, the most immediate benefits are the ability to purchase apps and digital content from the Windows Store and to sync settings and files (using OneDrive) between devices signed in with the same account. Depending on your network policy, you might be able to link a Microsoft account to a domain account so that a domain-joined machine can get the benefit of syncing settings.

■ Work account As an IT pro, you’re probably intimately familiar with domain accounts, which use Active Directory credentials to authenticate users and allow access to resources on a shared enterprise network. Windows 10 also includes the option to connect to an Azure Active Directory account, which allows access to cloud-based resources such as Office 365. Setting up a work account can also allow mobile-device-management software on the corporate network to handle device enrollment and enforce company policies.

■ Local account This account option is difficult to find in some Windows setup configurations, but it’s still possible to enable this type of account. The credentials are stored only on the local device.

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

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