Why Would You Want to Create Windows 10 Local User Accounts?
The vast majority of Windows users never make secondary accounts on their PCs, and don’t know how to create local user accounts in Windows 10. They just use their primary administrative account for everything. This practice is not very secure and can leave users vulnerable. Creating a secondary account with fewer administrative privileges can significantly increase the security of your PC. This allows you to have separate local accounts for your kids or other users, which will allow for separate user folders (Documents, Pictures, etc.). This also ensures that any viruses or malware downloaded onto one account will not affect all of the accounts on the machine.
Here’s How to Create a New Local User Account in Windows 10:
- Access your user account settings. In Windows 10, this is a separate entity from the “User Accounts” Control Panel entry. Press Windows+I to bring up the Settings app, and then click “Accounts.”
- On the Accounts page, switch to the Family & Other People” tab. Click “Add someone else to this PC” button.
- In the Microsoft Account window that pops up, you will be asked to create a Microsoft account. Skip the prompt to provide an email or phone number. Instead, click the “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” link at the bottom of the window.
- Windows will suggest again that you create an online account for the new user. Ignore the prompts and click the “Add a user without a Microsoft account” link at the bottom of the window.
- To create an account, type in a username, password, and password hint. Then, click “Next.”
- After clicking “Next,” you will be returned to the Accounts screen, where you will see the new user account. The first time someone logs into the account, Windows will create user folders and complete the setup process.
As a default, the local user account is limited – so, the user is not able to install applications or make any administrative changes to the PC. This is the safest way to use the new local account; however, to give the new local account administrative access, you can click on the account entry and select “Change account type.” Then, switch it from “limited” to “administrative.”
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