How can I access my Itunes account from my ipad if it was set up on an old PC I no longer have?

Several years ago I signed up for an itunes account with my Dell laptop. That laptop no longer works and I have an ipad now that I use for most things. I want to access my old account I set up originally with my PC on my ipad but am not sure how to do it? I can not use the PC to "turn on" the ipad with this account. Is there a way to do this or do I have to set up another account? How do I access the apps etc. that are already on my original account?
Thanks

You should be able to log into the account via Settings > Store (if an account is currently logged in then you can tap on it to log out of it), and the content that you bought/downloaded with it which is still in the store, and which is possible to re-download (music, films and tv shows can't be re-downloaded in all countries) should show in the Purchased tabs in the App Store and iTunes store apps. Re-downloading an account's past purchases may tie the iPad to that account for 90 days : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4627
All content from iTunes is tied to the account that originally downloaded it, so creating a new account won't allow you to access a previous account's downloads.

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