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 a local account, which allow you to perform any task on your device, but your settings, preferences, and files will remain on the computer for a more secure and private experience.

You’ll typically see this type of account on organizations, and less on home computers as a Microsoft account is preferred for its benefits and sync capabilities, but it’s still a good option to create additional accounts, or when you want to share a device with other people.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create a Windows 10 local account using the Settings app as well as with Command Prompt. In addition, this guide outlines the steps to set up an admin account as well as the steps to delete an account from your device.

How to create local account using Settings

Create a local Windows 10 account 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

    Once you’ve completed the steps, the new local account will be listed under “Other users.” 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.

How to change local account using Settings

To change a local account type from standard to administrator, use 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

To delete a local Windows 10 account and files, use 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.

To create a local account on Windows 10 with Command Prompt, use 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 USER_NAME PASSWORD /add

    In the above command make sure to change USER_NAME and PASSWORD 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 /add
    Creating admin local account using Command Prompt
    Creating admin local account using Command Prompt

    In the command, make sure to replace USER_ACCOUNT with the account name you want to add to the administrators group.

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.

It’s also possible to create a local account using PowerShell, and here are the steps.

How to change local account using Command Prompt

To change the account type from standard to administrator, use 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 to add the newly created account to the Administrators group and press Enter:

    net localgroup administrators USER_ACCOUNT /add
    Creating admin local account using Command Prompt
    Creating admin local account using Command Prompt

    In the command, make sure to replace USER_ACCOUNT with the account name you want to add to the administrators group.

Once you complete the steps, the next time the users signs in, the account will have administrative privileges, meaning that the users will be able to install apps, modify system settings, and pretty much unlimited access to the device.

How to delete local account using Command Prompt

To change the account type from standard to administrator, use 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 to add the newly created account to the Administrators group and press Enter:

    net user USER_ACCOUNT /del

    In the command, make sure to change USER_ACCOUNT for account name you want to delete.

Once you complete the steps, the next time the users signs in, the account will have administrative privileges, meaning that the users will be able to install apps, modify system settings, and pretty much unlimited access to the device.

Update January 29, 2020: This guide was originally published in October 2015, and it’s been updated in January 2020 to reflect the new changes.