Managing users

How to create a local user 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.

Windows 10 local account setup

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

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

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 just make it less obvious so you use the Microsoft 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, this type of account you’ll see 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 the steps to create a new local account on Windows 10 alongside your Microsoft account.

How to create a local user account on Windows 10 using Settings

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

Creating a new local account in Windows 10 is a very straightforward process, just follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click Accounts.

  3. Click Family & other users.

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

    Account settings
    Account settings
  5. Click the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information link.

    Windows 10 account creation step one
    Windows 10 account creation step one
  6. Click the Add a user without a Microsoft account link.

    Windows 10 account creation step two
    Windows 10 account creation step two
  7. Under “Create an account for this PC,” enter the new user information.

  8. Click Next.

    Windows 10 account creation step three
    Windows 10 account creation step three

How to change a local user account type on Windows 10 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 people,” select the user account.

  5. Click the Change account type button.

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

  7. Click OK.

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

How to delete a local user account on Windows 10 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 people,” 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 a local user account on Windows 10 using Command Prompt

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

  1. Open Start.

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

  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.