Guide to Add a Secondary User Account in Windows 10

Having upgraded to Windows 10 from 7 or 8 gives you a whole new interface with enticing new features and plethora of other benefits that improve the user experience. Most likely you will be logging into your Windows with your Microsoft Account and possibly you have had shared a lot of information with Microsoft. Although, this seems to be a secure way to keep your data confidential, it isn’t. Unfortunately, most of the people will ignore creating a secondary user account. This will ultimately lead to unauthorized access to your computer.

I’m not trying to say that using Microsoft account is useless or totally insecure. Of course, it lets you synchronize your Windows application, personalized settings, and many other things. However, it would be a wise decision to create a “New Use Account” in Windows 10 or simply a Local Account. In this way, you will have two or more accounts on your computer and personal data will be more secure.

Let’s start the guide:

1) Once you have logged into your Windows, and the desktop is visible, type “Add User” or “New User” in the search bar right next to the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

add user
Search and click on add, edit or remove other users

2) Now from here you have to choose the “Add, Edit or Remove other users” option. It will appear on the top of the search result box. Another shortcut way is to navigate is to go to Start Menu> Settings> Account and choose “Family and Other Users”. However, the first one is rather more quick, and I have used the same to create a new user account.

Add someone else to this PC
Choose add someone else to this PC

3) Next click on “Add someone else to this PC” option. On the next screen, you will be asked to enter “Email or Phone” of a Microsoft user. Don’t be confused, as we don’t need this option. On the bottom of this box click on the link saying “I don’t have this person’s email sign-in information”.

The Person I want to Add Doesn’t Have an Email Address
The Person I want to Add Doesn’t Have an Email Address

4) On the next page, you will be asked to create a new Microsoft account. Once again we will be ignoring this option. Look at the bottom of the page, you will see a link saying “Add a user without a Microsoft account”.

Add a User without a Microsoft Account
Click add a User without a Microsoft Account

5) Finally, you will reach the desired page from where you can easily create a new user or local account. You have to enter the desired credentials and press “Next.”

Credentials
Fill details in this box

Now you have successfully created it. This user is by default set to “Secondary” account. You can click on it and change its authority to Administrator for your Windows. Alternatively, if you wish to delete this user account in future, you can simply click on it and hit the delete user button.

Change permissions
Making it Administrator
Delete User
Delete User

Let me know if you were successful in creating a new user account. Furthermore, if you wish to add a Microsoft account that you already own or want to add a new one, then in step 3 and 4, instead of skipping the fields, add your account’s credentials.

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