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 account for a child or someone else who doesn't have a Microsoft account. And if needed, you can give that account administrator permissions. An offline account is just another term for local account.

  • As you create an account, 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

  • Select the Start  button, select Settings  > Accounts  and then select Family & other users. (In some editions of Windows you'll see Other users.) 
  • Select Add someone else to this PC.
  • Select I don't have this person's sign-in information, and on the next page, select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  • Enter a user name, password, password hint or choose security questions, and then select Next.

Change a local user account to an administrator account

  • Under Settings  > Accounts  > Family & other users, select the account owner name, then select Change account type.
  • Under Account type, select Administrator and OK.
  • Sign in with the new administrator account.

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