Window 10 allow you to create an account that can be linked with your Microsoft account or if you don’t want to link with your Microsoft account you have another option to create a New Local User Account, this will happen only when you do a clean install of Windows 10. If you have upgraded to Windows 10 from 7, 8 or 8.1 then you should be using your old account, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t create a New Local User Account for both the cases in your Windows 10. It is a good practice to create a secondary account for security purposes in your Windows 10 as it gives the least access in your Windows administrative privileges. You can also make secondary accounts for your family members, having individual accounts will help them to have their own desktop space which will help you to manage your own account while keeping your Windows 10 primary account clean.
The benefit of creating a Microsoft account is that you can access its online features like the store, Email sync etc. and on the other hand, the Local User Account is for the user who doesn’t want to link their Microsoft account to access online features and Email synchronization. So in this article, I will guide you on how to create a New Local User Account in Windows 10.
Before you start with the guide, please make sure that you are using an updated version of Windows 10.
Now let’s start with the stepwise guide.
Step 1: Open Accounts Settings
From your Desktop click on the Start Menu Windows icon located on the taskbar as highlighted above. Now, from the start menu click on the Settings Icon to open Windows settings as shown above.
After clicking Settings Icon, Windows Settings pane will launch up as shown above. Now, click on the Accounts option as shown above.
Step 2: Add Local User to Windows
From the Accounts Settings, click on the Family & other people option from the navigation pane of Accounts as highlighted above. Now in Family & other people settings, click on the Add someone else to this PC option located under Other people as highlighted above. Selecting this option will allow you to make a new local user account.
Now in the “How will this person sign-in” phase, skip the Email or Phone text field phase because this will make a Microsoft account if you type in the Email or phone number of the person who has a Microsoft account. Instead, click on the “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” hyperlink to create a local user account as highlighted above.
On the next phase, it will ask you to create your new account, as shown above, this will also create a new Microsoft account and sign up with it. Skip the text boxes fields for creating a new account and click on the “Add a user without a Microsoft account” hyperlink as highlighted above.
After clicking on the hyperlink, the next phase will ask you to create an account for this PC, which finally will not be a Microsoft account but a local user account. Write the desired name under the Who’s going to use this PC? And make sure to Enter a strong password under the Make it secure fields as highlighted above. After filling the information, click on the Next button as highlighted above.
After typing in the password, the dialog box will enable more fields of setting a question answers in case you forget your password as shown above. Simply select a question from the drop-down menu and answer the question which you can remember easily as highlighted above. Now, click on the Next button as shown highlighted above.
Step 3: Local User Properties
Clicking the Next button after filling the fields with secure and precise information in the previous step the Windows will process and close the dialog box to create an account with the name you prescribed as highlighted above.
To make Changes to the account, click on the created account, this will enable two options for the particular account as shown above.
- You can click on the remove button if you want to delete a particular account.
After clicking on the Remove button the warning message will pop up asking you to Delete account and data? Click on the Delete account and data button in order to remove the account and its data as highlighted above.
- You can change the account type of the particular account by clicking on the Change account type button.
After clicking on the Change account type, a dialog box will pop up, from this dialog box you can change the Account type by choosing from Standard User or Administrative from the drop-down menu as highlighted above. By selecting Administrative you opt to give access to the account to change administrative settings of your Windows, on the other hand, Stand user will not be able to manipulate Administrative privileges. After selecting the desired option, click on the OK button to apply changes.
That’s it! Hope this article has helped you to create a New Local User Account in Windows 10. If you faced any confusion or difficulty following the instructions, please let us know in the comment section below.