When we purchase a computer, usually it is meant to be used by one person. Sometimes we would like to share our computer with other people, with friends and family members but we would also like to keep some privacy for ourselves in the process. Lucky for us Windows 10 will let us create multiple user accounts which then can be used by other persons with their own settings, documents, etc. The only requirement is to already have one user account which is automatically created when Windows is installed.
This guide will lead you step by step in the creation of a new user account within Windows 10, so grab your favorite drink, and let's begin.
Creating new account
First thing is to click
on the windows icon
on the bottom left and open start menu
, from start menu click
once on settings
When the settings
window opens, choose ACCOUNTS
Windows will then go to the accounts settings
page. Within that page, click on the Family & other users
to open the setting for the chosen section on right. On the right settings, screen navigate
to the lower section and click once with the left button on add someone else to this PC
When add someone else to this PC
is clicked, pop up window will appear which will ask you to provide the persons email address and later on the password of his/her Microsoft account, after the required information is provided you are done, a new user
has been added and he can use his Microsoft credentials on the login screen to use this computer.
Setting up a user without Microsoft ID
However, if you do not wish to add a new user via his Microsoft login credentials or the person does not have them, on the pop-up window click on I don't have this person's sign-in information.
This will open yet another pop-up giving you the option to create a Microsoft account for this person, to use a phone number instead of a Microsoft account, or to create a new email address for the user. Any of these options will create a new user for this computer with provided credentials but there is the last option at bottom of the pop-up which will allow you to create a local user only
without a Microsoft account. This user will be able to use this computer, will not be able to transfer his document through various devices like he/she would if using a valid Microsoft account but it could use the computer and personalize it fully to his/her liking.
Once the link is clicked
, you will be presented with a floating window requiring you to input needed information in order for the account to be created. You will need to provide username, password, and answers to 3 security questions.
Once all information has been provided, click
and your new non-Microsoft local user
has been created. Now when you click on Family & other users
you will see that Windows has added a new user
with the provided name to this computer. If you wish, you can add another user
in the same manner, following the previous steps. Microsoft Windows does not have a limit for how many users can be on one computer so feel free to create as many as you like.
User account options
on the existing created user
will open user options
. From there you will have options to remove
the user, therefore removing him/her from this computer, note that removing the local user will remove permanently
his/her settings and they would not be able to be restored, or you can change the user account type
Click on Change account type.
Under account type
, you will have the option to promote this user to an administrator
if you wish or you can leave it as a standard user