How to create a Local user account.
Follow these steps to create a Local user account.
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IMPORTANT: This procedure must be performed while logged in as Administrator or to an account with Administrator rights.
NOTE: A Local user account provides all the traditional benefits of local authentication on a Windows® computer. In contrast, a Microsoft® account is an online account that will allow you to download apps from the Windows Store and automatically sync settings between different computers to obtain the same look and feel on each, including settings like browser favorites and history.
- Click the Start button, and in the Start menu, click Settings.
NOTE: The Windows Logo + I key combination will also take you to the Settings screen.
- In the Settings window, click Accounts.
- In the Accounts windows, on the left column, click Family & other users.
- In the Family & other users screen, under Other users, click the + (Plus) button next to Add someone else to this PC.
- In the How will this person sign in? screen, click The person I want to add does not have an email address.
NOTE: Using an email address at this point will create a Microsoft account instead of a Local user account.
- In the Lets create your account screen, click Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- In the Create an account for this PC screen, in the field below Who is going to use this PC, type a user name.
NOTE: It is recommended that you password protect this account. To do so, under Make it secure, enter the required information into the fields provided.
- Once all desired information has been entered, click the Next button.
The account you have just created will now appear on the Family & other users screen, under Other users.