Create a user account in Windows

Windows 8.1

Create a Microsoft account

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Other accounts.
  3. Tap or click Add an account.
  4. Enter the account info for this person to sign in to Windows. There are four ways to do this:
    • If the person you're adding already has a Microsoft account, enter it now.
    • If the person you're adding doesn't have a Microsoft account, you can use their email address to create one. Enter the email address that person uses most frequently.
    • If the person you're adding doesn't have an email address, tap or click Sign up for a new email address. It's free.
    • If the person you're adding is a child, tap or click Add a child's account.
  5. Follow the instructions to finish setting up the account.


Create a local account

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Other accounts.
  3. Tap or click Add an account, and then tap or click Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).
  4. Tap or click Local account.
  5. Enter a user name for the new account.
  6. If you want this person to sign in with a password, enter and verify the password, add a password hint, and then tap or click Next.

    If your PC is on a domain, depending on the domain's security settings, you might be able to skip this step and tap or click Next, if you prefer.
  7. Tap or click Finish.

Windows 7

My computer is on a domain

  1. Open Microsoft Management Console by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    , typing mmc into the search box, and then pressing Enter.
    Administrator permission required
    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In the left pane of Microsoft Management Console, click Local Users and Groups.

    If you don't see Local Users and Groups, it's probably because that snap-in hasn't been added to Microsoft Management Console. Follow these steps to install it:
    1. In Microsoft Management Console, click the File menu, and then click Add/Remove Snap-in.
    2. Click Local Users and Groups, and then click Add.
    3. Click Local computer, click Finish, and then click OK.
  3. Click the Users folder.
  4. Click Action, and then click New User.
  5. Type the appropriate information in the dialog box, and then click Create.
  6. When you are finished creating user accounts, click Close.

My computer is in a workgroup

  1. To open User Accounts, click the Start button
    The Start button
    , click Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety, and then click User Accounts.
  2. Click Manage another account.
    Administrator permission required
    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click Create a new account.
  4. Type the name you want to give the user account, click an account type, and then click Create Account.
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Article ID: 13951 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 30

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