Adding local users

How to create local account on Windows 10

Learn the steps to add a new local account on Windows 10 without having to delete or change your current Microsoft account using the Settings app or Command Prompt.

Add a new local account on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can create two user account types, including traditional local account and Microsoft account, which is new standard, and the one that Microsoft wants you to use.

Using a Microsoft account, it creates an online profile, and it allows you to keep your device settings and preferences synchronized across devices. Anywhere you go, settings, preferences and files using OneDrive will roam with you. Additionally, a Microsoft account on Windows 10 is necessary to purchase apps from the Microsoft Store.

On the other hand, a local account is the type of account you used to use in the days of Windows 7 and earlier versions, which it’s still an option on Windows 10, but Microsoft is burying the settings to lure you to use the online account option. Using a local account, you can do anything on your computer, but your settings, preferences, and files will remain on a single device. Starting with Windows 10, you’ll see this type of account more on organizations, and less on home computers.

If you’re running Windows 10, you probably already created a Microsoft account. However, if you need to create an additional account to perform a certain tasks, or you want to share your computer with another person that doesn’t have a Microsoft account, you may want to opt to create a local account.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create a new local account on Windows 10 alongside your Microsoft account.

How to create local account using Settings

The process to create a new local account on Windows 10 is straightforward, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click Accounts.

  3. Click Family & other users.

  4. Under “Other users,” click the Add someone else to this PC button.

    Account settings with option to create new account
    Account settings with option to create new account
  5. Click the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information link.

    I don't have this person's sign-in information option
    I don’t have this person’s sign-in information option
  6. Click the Add a user without a Microsoft account link.

    Add a user account without a Microsoft account
    Add a user account without a Microsoft account
  7. Under “Create an account for this PC,” enter the new user information.

  8. After typing your password, make sure to set up your security questions and answers to recover your account in the event that you forget your password.

  9. Click the Next button.

    Create local account with security questions
    Create local account with security questions

How to change local account using Settings

Once you’ve completed the steps, the new local account will be listed under Other people. The only caveat is that for security reasons, Windows 10 creates every new account with standard privileges that limits the usability of WIndows 10. If you want the user to have more privileges to install application and make system changes, you’ll need to change the account type to administrator using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Family & other people.

  4. Under “Other users,” select the user account.

  5. Click the Change account type button.

    Change account type on Windows 10
    Change account type on Windows 10
  6. Using the “Account type” drop-down menu, select the Administrator option.

  7. Click the OK button.

    Change local account type on Windows 10
    Change local account type on Windows 10

How to delete local account using Settings

If you no longer need the account, it’s also possible to delete the local account and files using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Family & other people.

  4. Under “Other users,” select the account you want to delete.

  5. Click the Remove button.

  6. Click Delete account and data to confirm the account deletion.

    Delete account and data on Windows 10
    Delete account and data on Windows 10

How to create local account using Command Prompt

If you’re comfortable typing command lines, it’s actually a lot faster to create a local account on Windows 10 using Command Prompt using these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command and press Enter:

    net user usernameHere passworHere /add

    In the above command make sure to change usernameHere and passwordHere with the credentials you want to use for the new user account.

  4. Type the following command to add the newly created account to the Administrators group and press Enter:

    net localgroup administrators USER_ACCOUNT_HERE /add

    Creating admin local account using Command Prompt
    Creating admin local account using Command Prompt

If you want to test the new changes, sign-out and you’ll notice the new user account sitting in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Then select the new user account and sign in.

Update January 25, 2019: This guide was originally published in October 2015, and it’s been updated in January 2019 to reflect the new changes.