When you set up Windows 10, the default account is set up as your Microsoft account. However, if you’re not a fan of using Microsoft services or your PC is used by multiple users who require some separation of work and privacy, you’ll surely want to create a new local account.
If you’re a Windows 10 user looking to create a local account and are confused about where to begin, look no further! Here’s the ultimate step-by-step guide you’ll need to set up your account:
1. While signed in to your current account, open Settings and go to Accounts.
2. Next, select Family & other people.
3. Here, you’ll be shown two options. You will have to select Add someone else to this PC.
Note that selecting Add a family member will not help you create a local account.
4. At this step, you will be redirected to a window, asking for the new user’s email address or phone number. You don’t need to enter any of this.
Instead, select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information and click Next.
5. Microsoft now opens a screen where it prompts you to create a new email address. Since we’re looking to create a local account, we don’t want this.
Select Add a user without a Microsoft account and click Next.
6. This is where the real work is done! You’ll be asked to enter a username for the account as well as a password (twice).
7. Once you’ve entered the username and password, you’ll be prompted to choose and answer three security questions.
This is a precautionary measure when you create a local account, in case you forget your password in the future.
Once you’re done adding these questions, click Next.
8. Voila! You’ve just successfully created your first local Windows 10 account.
You can now view and navigate to all your accounts under Other people.
How to Switch to Your Local Account
Now that you know how to create a local account, you might want to learn a few more things. If you’re currently logged into your default Microsoft account and want to switch to the local one, you can simply go to Start and click on the user icon.
All your local accounts will be displayed. Click on the account you want to sign into.
You will now be logged out of your current account and asked to enter the password for your local account. Just enter the password and you’re good to go!
Remember that your first sign-in to this account might take some extra time since Windows will be setting it up.
From this point onwards, you’ll be able to use your local account with a few simple clicks!
How to Change Your Local Account’s Settings?
In the future, if you want to change your local account’s type to an Administrator account, go to Settings and open Accounts.
Click on Family and other people. Here, select the account you’re looking for.
Windows will show you these options next:
Click on Change account type.
From the drop-down, click on Administrator and select OK.
How to Delete Your Local Account?
- If you created a local account and are now looking to remove it, go to Settings and open Accounts.
- Click on Family & other people.
- Select the account you want to remove and click Remove.
- Next, click Delete account and data.
Your account will now be successfully removed.
The Downside to Using a Local Account
It may be of significance to note that using this local account means you will not have access to a few of Microsoft’s default account features. This includes not being able to sync your settings across multiple PCs and not being able to use the same Mail and Groove Music.
However, many options are still active, such as Cortana and OneDrive.
On the upside, some of you Windows 10 users may not need the disabled features at all! If you’re happy with the available features of a local account and need nothing else to meet your PC needs, you’re all set for now!
Go create your Windows 10 local account today, and use it as you wish. Good luck!