How to manage your Windows computers and devices


Learn how to add, remove and manage your Windows 10 devices on your Microsoft account site.

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How many
Windows 10
computers or devices do you use personally? There may be more than you think. You may have a desktop computer, a laptop and a hybrid device. You may have older devices that you don't use regularly. You could also have Windows 10 virtual machines configured through a VM application. At some point, you may lose track of all the computers and devices configured in your account, no problem. You can verify and manage all your devices whenever you use each with a Microsoft account and, for that, you can use the website of your Microsoft account.

On your Microsoft account site, you can see a list of all Windows 10 systems configured under your account, find a device if you have trouble locating it, and see the key details of each (CPU, memory, version of Windows, etc.) You can also verify your security settings, update status and BitLocker data protection.

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First, log in to the site of your Microsoft account. On the main screen, click on the Devices heading ( Figure A ).

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The page shows an overview of all its Windows 10 devices, as well as any phone you have added using the Your phone application in Windows 10. Click on the Manage link for a computer or device you wish to investigate ( Figure B ).

Figure B

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The Security and Protection page shows information about your virus and threat protection, firewall status, Windows update status, BitLocker status and more. Scroll down the screen to review the details. Click on a specific entry such as Firewall and network protection to see the current status ( Figure C ).

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Yes Not sure of the location of a specific device, click on the link to Search for my device at the top of the page. If location tracking is enabled on that device, click on its entry in the Find my device section to see its location. If location tracking appears as disabled, click the button to activate it and see if its location can be determined ( Figure D ).

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Back to the previous screen or tab and click on the Information and Support heading: here you can review the specifications of a specific device, including the operating system, the compilation of the operating system, the graphics adapter, the RAM and the processor. If you have problems with your device, you can also schedule an appointment at a local Microsoft Store or seek help online ( Figure E ).

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Go Return to the main screen that shows all your devices. Maybe there is a device or a Windows virtual machine that you no longer use, and you want to remove it from the list. Click on the Manage link and then click on the Delete PC command ( Figure F ). On the next screen, check the box I am ready to remove this PC and click Remove. The device is removed from the list.

Figure F

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Finally , you can add a device if you don't see it in the list but you know it is active and on. At the bottom of the page in the Don't see your device section, click the Start button. Choose the type of device, such as a PC. Click Next. Choose the operating system and click Next. On the next screen, read the instructions that tell you to log in with your Microsoft account on that device and click OK ( Figure G ).

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