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How to Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

When you log in to Windows with your Microsoft account, it comes with several benefits. However, you need to agree to share information with Microsoft because based on that you will get personalized settings, your emails will sync automatically, accessing Windows App store and more. But what if you want to log in to Windows with a local account instead? In a situation where somebody does not have Microsoft account, in that case, the administrator can easily create a local user account on Windows 10 for them.

How to Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

Now using this local account, the users without having a Microsoft account can easily access your device and can do their work without any issues. In this article, we will explain the entire process of creating and converting your Microsoft account into a local account. However, it is important to know when you want to create a local account and for what purpose because there are some limitations associated with the Local account as compared to Microsoft account.

How to Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Create a Local User Account using Windows 10 Settings

To start with this process, first, you have to log in to your Windows 10 with admin access. Once you are logged in, follow the steps.

1.Open Start Menu, click on the User icon and choose the Change account settings option.

Open Start Menu, Click on user icon and select change account settings

2.This will open the Account Settings window, from there you need to click on Family and Other Users from the left-hand menu.

Click on Family and Other Users in the settings dialogue box | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

3.Here you need to click on Add someone else to this PC option.

Family & other people then Add someone else to this PC | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

4.On the next screen when Windows Prompts to fill the box, you don’t need to type Email or phone number rather you need to click on “I don’t have this person’s sign in information” option.

Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information

5.On the next screen, you need to click on Add a User without a Microsoft account link on the bottom.

Select Add a user without a Microsoft account | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

6.Now type the name of the person in the box below “Who’s going to use this PC” and type password under “Make it Secure” heading.

Note: You can set three security questions in order to recover your password in case you forget the password of this account.

Now type the username and password for the new account and click Next | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

7.Once finished, finally click Next. 

Switch to the newly created Local User Account

Once you have created a local Windows 10 account, you can easily switch to a newly created local account. You do not need to sign out of your current account to switch to a local account. You simply need to click on the Start menu, then click on the user icon and click on the newly created local account username.

Login to the New Local User Account

To login to your newly created local account, you just need to click on the username mentioned on the left side corner of your screen. Now enter the password. For the first time login, Windows takes some time to set up your account. 

Method 2: Change the Account Type

When you create a new user account, it is by default, Standard user account, which is important from a security perspective. However, if you want to change it to an administrator account, you can easily do so. Make sure that you do not need to change the account type for someone whom you don’t trust. 

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accounts. 

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accounts

2.Next, navigate to Accounts > Family & Other Users.

Click on Family and Other Users in the settings dialogue box | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

3.Choose the account name that you have created and click on Change account type option.

Under Other people choose the account you just created and then select Change account type

4.Now from the “Account type” drop-down select Administrator and click OK.

Under Account type, select Administrator then click OK | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

Method 3: Remove a Local User Account

In case you want to delete a local user account, just follow the below steps.

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accounts.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accounts

2.Now from the left-hand side menu click on Family & Other Users.

3.Next, click on the Account name which you want to remove and click on the Remove button.

Under Other users, select the old administrator account then click Remove

Note: When you delete a user account, all its related data will be deleted. Therefore, if you want to secure the data of that user account, you need to take a backup.

Deleting this person's account will remove all their data from this PC.

Method 4: Convert a Microsoft Account to a Local User Account

If you have signed in to your device with your Microsoft account, you can convert it to a local user account, if you want using the following steps:

1.Search for Settings in Windows search then click on it.

Open settings. Type settings in windows search bar and open it

2.Click on Accounts section under the Settings app.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accounts | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

3.From the left pane, you need to click on Your Info section.

4.Here you need to click on Sign in with a local account instead option.

Sign in with a local account instead | Create a Local User Account on Windows 10

5.Enter the password for your Microsoft account and click Next.

Enter the password for your Microsoft account and click Next

6.Now you will need to Enter Password and Reenter the password including the Password hint then click on Next.

7.Finally, click on Sign out and Finish option.

Now you can easily log in to the local user account which you just created. However, keep in mind that with your local user account you won’t be able to take benefit of features such as OneDrive app, sync your emails automatically, and other preferences. Using a local account comes with its own pros and cons. In most cases, you should only create a local account when you are giving access to your device to your friends or relatives who do not have a Microsoft account. Hopefully, by following the above given detailed methods of creating, deleting and converting your accounts, you will be able to get your job done.

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I hope this article was helpful and you can now easily Create a Local Account on Windows 10, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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