I haven't had a new computer in 8 yrs. I have an Alienware 17R. I turn-on and it requires me to sign-in to Microsoft before I can do anything. Is this the way all computers are now or can I eliminate or bypass this sign-in? My old DELL just requires a click on which user I want and I'm in. Thank You!
You can still use a regular local account, but Microsoft pushes pretty aggressively to get you to use a Microsoft account when you first set up the laptop. I think the "I don't want to use a Microsoft account" option is buried inside the "Don't have a Microsoft account? Create one here!" option, for example. Using a Microsoft account allows some of your preferences to sync across multiple Windows PCs and allows you to recover a forgotten password, but if you would prefer a regular logon and you've already set up your laptop, go to Settings > Accounts. The option to disconnect from a Microsoft account and use a local account instead will be in one of the subcategories there.