Create a local user or administrator account in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

Create local user or admin account in Windows 10
  • Create a local user account for a child or someone else who doesn't have a Microsoft account. If needed, you can give that account administrator permissions. An offline account is just another term for a local account.
  • As you create an account, remember that choosing a password and keeping it safe are essential steps. Because we don’t know your password, if you forget it or lose it, we cannot recover it for you.
  • If you're using Windows 10, version 1803 and later, you can add security questions, as you'll see in step 4 under Create a local user account. With answers to your security questions, you can reset your Windows 10 local account password.
  • Create a local user account
  • 1. Select Start  > Settings  > Accounts  and then select Family & other users. (In some editions of Windows you'll see Other users.) 
  • 2. Select Add someone else to this PC.
  • 3. Select I don't have this person's sign-in information, and on the next page, select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  • 4. Enter a user name, password, password hint or choose security questions, and then select Next.
  • Create another account
  • Change a local user account to an administrator account
  • 1. Select Start  >Settings  > Accounts , and then, under Family & other users, select the account owner name, then select Change account type.
  • 2. Under Account type, select Administrator, and then select OK.
  • 3. Sign in with the new administrator account.
  • Related topics
  • Microsoft account help
  • How to reset your Microsoft account password
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