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.
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Article ID: 13951 - Last Review: Apr 27, 2016 - Revision: 29

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
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