How to Sign Up for the App Store in Windows 8
Windows App Store
Microsoft's Windows Store app enables you to discover and download apps that have been optimized for Windows touch screens and tablet PCs. You must be signed in to your PC with your Microsoft account in order to install apps. If you don't have a Microsoft account, you can easily create one using your new or existing email address. Once you have signed into the Store you can begin downloading free apps to your PC. To purchase apps from the Store you must first associate a payment method with your Microsoft account.
Store App in Windows 8
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Microsoft Account Signup
How to Create a Microsoft Account
Navigate to the Microsoft account sign up page (link in Resources).
Enter your information into the required fields. Enter the email address that you want to use for your Microsoft account into the Microsoft Account Name field. Alternatively, click the "Or Get a New Email Address" link below the Microsoft Account Name field to create a new Microsoft email address at outlook.com, live.com or hotmail.com.
Enter the characters for the captcha, and then select the "I accept" button. If you used an existing email address, then you must open your email account and open the verification link in the email sent from Microsoft.
How to Sign in to Store
Open the Windows Start screen, and then open the "Store" app.
Press "Windows-C" to open the Windows charm menu -- or swipe in from the right side of your screen -- select "Setting" and then select "Your Account."
Select the "Sign In" button, enter the email address and password associated with your Microsoft account into the "Email Address" and "Password" fields and then select the "Save" button to sign in with your Microsoft account.
Store: Your Account
How to Configure a Payment Method
Open the "Store" app via your Windows Start screen.
Swipe in from the right, or press "Windows-C", to open the Windows charm menu. Select "Settings" and then select "Your Account."
Select the "Add Payment Method" button under Payment and Billing Info.
Select a radio button next to the payment method you wish to use under Choose a Payment Method. For example, select "Credit Card."
Enter your billing and payment information into the required fields, and then select the "Submit" button.
Store: Payment and Billing
Microsoft limits the number of computers you may associate with your Microsoft account with to 5.
Information in this article applies to Microsoft Windows 8. Processes will vary with different versions.
If you're having trouble signing into the Store with your Microsoft Account, you may need to reset your password. Navigate to the Microsoft account password reset page, and then follow the instructions to reset your password (link in Resources).