A new feature quietly appeared in the Windows 10 November update: you can have your laptop send its location every few hours to Microsoft. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can view the last location where it was online. Android phones, iPhones, and Macs have had this ability for years so Microsoft is playing catch up, but it’s still a welcome addition.
“Find My Device” is not activated by default, and it only works if you log into your computer with a Microsoft account. If so, then toggle the switch to turn it on. At the moment all you can do is look at the laptop’s last online location on a map – you can’t have it make a sound, or lock itself, or erase data, for example – but knowing the general location of your laptop might be valuable if you’re not sure whether you left it at home or at your last stop. Microsoft may well add some of those extra features in the future.
This tip is only for Windows 10 with the November update. Go to Settings / Update and Security / Find My Device. Click on Change and toggle the switch to start saving your device’s location periodically.
If your laptop is lost or stolen, go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices. Log in with the Microsoft account used on the missing device. Choose the device and click on Find My Device to display a map with the last online location.
This option is only available on devices that have a WiFi adapter, so you may not see it on your desktop computer. And remember, the map only displays the last location where the laptop was online, so you won’t be able to track a stolen laptop that isn’t turned on or never goes online again. Still, it’s a handy bit of protection for the new laptop you’re getting for Xmas. Oops! I spoiled the surprise. Be careful out there!
Not only Windows, but MacOS and Linux probably have built-in features that will help you to track a PC. But if you’re still nervous about it, there is a good list of additional soft for that https://utopia.fans/tools/find-my-laptop-trackers-to-monitor-devices/ No one knows what can happen and probably, it’s worth paying a small yearly fee, but feel calm about your PC.
my laptop is missing since 11 may 2021, and i can find the location of my laptop with Microsoft account but the coordinates are not accurate. so my question, if the laptop have been re-installed by thief, can it still be found?
no..you are screwed.. they can reinstall window with new microsoft account.
You can also use Prey if you have multi-OS device and want to track them
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My laptop is DellM5040 Inspiron
Window 7 not window 10