Create a local user or administrator 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 privileges.

  • As you create an account, choosing a password and keeping it are essential steps. Because we don’t know your password, if you forget it or lose it, we’re unable to recover it.
  • If you’re using Windows 10, version 1803 and later, you can add security questions, as you'll see in step 4. With answers to your security questions, you can reset your Windows 10 local account password.  
  • How to create a local user account:
    • Select the Start  button, then 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.

  • How to 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.