Set up accounts

Applies to: Windows 10

If you plan to share your PC with other people, consider adding accounts for them. It's always nice to share, and that way your friends or coworkers will have some personal space—including separate files, browser favorites, and a desktop they can call their own.

Add people to a home PC


It's a good idea for everyone who uses the PC top have their own Microsoft account. Learn more about Microsoft accounts in Sign in with a Microsoft account.

On Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional editions:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accounts > Other users > Add someone else to this PC

  2. Type a user name, password, password hint, and then select Next.

Add an account to a work or school PC


The best approach is for everyone who shares a PC at work or school to have their own Microsoft account. Learn more about Microsoft accounts in Sign in with a Microsoft account.

If you can't use Microsoft accounts, then create local accounts for everyone. Here's how:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accounts > Other users (in some Windows editions, it may be labeled as Other people or Family & other people).

  2. At the bottom of the page, select I don't have this person's sign-in information, then at the bottom of the next page, select Add a user without a Microsoft account.

  3. Type a user name, password, password hint, and then select Next.

Create accounts for family members


If you've added your family's Microsoft accounts to your PC, you can set them up as a Microsoft family. It's a free service that helps families stay connected and keep kids safer on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, along with Android devices running Microsoft Launcher.