How to Create a New User on Windows 10

If you want to create another user account on your Windows PC, just follow our instructions. In older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 , new user accounts still had to be created via the Control Panel. Meanwhile, the whole thing is a bit simpler under Windows 10 . We show you three different methods how to create a new user. Decide for yourself which method you prefer.

How to Create a New User on Windows 10

If you would like to use Windows 10 together with other people, you must first create a new user account. The individual steps are shown in this guide.

Create a New User on Windows 10 via the settings : Method 1

Step 1: Enter the Windows settings (via the gear icon in the Start menu). Then click on ” Accounts “.

Step 2: Select the tab ” Family & further contacts “. Click on the button ” Add another person to this PC “.

Step 3: Select ” I do not know the credentials for this person ” to create a regular local account.

If you would like to link directly to a Microsoft account , enter the associated email address or phone number, and then click Next . The user account will be linked directly in this case. The password of the Microsoft account is then also valid for the new PC user.

Step 4: Click Add a user without a Microsoft account to log in to a local user.

Step 5: Now set the data for the new user. These include the username , the password and an indication of the password . By clicking on ” Next ” you have successfully created a new user.

Create a New User on Windows 10 via Settings :  Method 2

That’s the easiest way.

  • Click on the Windows logo on the bottom left
  • Click on Settings
  • Click on  Accounts
  • Click on  family and other users
  • If you want to add a child , click on Add family member, you can limit a child account later, for example, you can only share the account for certain times, and so on.
  • For adults, click on “Add someone else to this PC “
  • Microsoft generally offers two different user accounts
    • With a Microsoft account, that is, with an e-mail address from Microsoft
    • Without an e-mail address, this is called Local Account
  • User account with e-mail address has many advantages. You can use the Windows Store with many useful apps. Synchronize system settings across multiple devices, and so on. The disadvantage is that certain data is sent to Microsoft
  • If you do not have a Microsoft account, just click on ” The person I want to add does not have an email address “
  • Here one can decide, one would like to create a Microsoft account or one would like to add a user without Microsoft account
  • Then one is asked as usual for a password and user name.
  • If you have registered with the e-mail address, then the password for the e-mail is also valid for Windows 10 user account.

Create a New User on Windows 10 via the command prompt :  Method 1

Step 1: Enter ” cmd ” in the start menu . Right-click on Command Prompt . Then click on “Run as administrator “.

Step 2: Enter the command:

net user “username” “password” / add

For “username” you must enter the name that the new user is to carry. For “Password”, enter the desired password.

Press the [Enter] key to confirm the creation of the new user.

Create a New User on Windows 10 via the command prompt :  Method 2

With this method, you can only create one local user, but you can later switch to a Microsoft account .

  • Click with the right  mouse button on the Windows logo
  • Then click Command Prompt (Administrator)
  • Now enter the following command:

net user ” AlbertEinstein ” ” EinPasswort ” / add

  • Of course, instead of  Albert Einstein you should enter  the user name of the new user  and  instead of a password the password of the new user   
  • Then press the Enter key
  • Finished.
  • Now the new user can log in with his password

Create a New User on Windows 10 via User Account Management

First press the following two keys on your keyboard

  • Windows key + R
  • Now enter the command control userpasswords2  a
  • Click OK
  • Now click on Add
  • Click on “Sign in without a Microsoft account “
  • Click on ” Local Account “
  • Enter the user name and password
  • Click Next
  • The rest is self-explanatory

Create a New User on Windows 10 via lusrmgr

Info: This method works only in Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise, in Windows 10 Home this method does not work.

  • Press the following two keys on your keyboard
    • Windows key + R
  • Now enter the command  lusrmgr.msc a
  • Click on the left side on users
  • Click with the right mouse button on a blank white spot
  • Click New User
  • Enter the username and password
  • Activate the option Password never expires
  • Click on Create
  • Finished. New user has been created

Create a New User on Windows 10 via the password settings

By the way: In the further course in a step on the part of Microsoft / Windows is advised against creating a user account without Microsoft account linkage. However, you should follow the steps in the manual anyway: This is how you create a purely local account.

Having a local account has the advantage that Microsoft can not see your activity and you are not tied to your Microsoft account. You will still be able to link your Microsoft account to your local user account later.

Step 1: Press the key combination [Windows] + [R] . Then enter ” control userpasswords2 ” (without the quotation marks).

Step 2: Now select ” Add … “.

Step 3: Click ” Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended) “.

Step 4: Then select ” Local Account “.

Step 5: Now set the important data for the new user. These include the username , password, and password hint . Then click on ” Next “.

Step 6: By clicking ” Finish “, you create the new user on the computer.

Brief instructions: Create a new user via the settings

  1. Open the Windows settings and click on the ” Accounts ” section.
  2. Click on the ” Family and other users ” category on the left .
  3. Then select ” Add another person to this PC “.
  4. If you have a Microsoft account for the new user, enter their email address and click Next . The Microsoft account is set as a new user.
    If you do not have a Microsoft account, you must select ” I do not know the credentials for this person “. Then click Add a user without a Microsoft account and set a username and password. Finally, click on ” Next “. The user was created successfully.

Brief instructions: Create a new user via the command prompt

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and enter ” cmd “.
  2. Right-click the Command Prompt tile and select Run as Administrator .
  3. Type the following command at the command prompt: net user “username” “password” / addInstead of ” username “, enter the desired username. For ” password ” you must then set a password for the new user.
  4. Press the [Enter] key. Now you have successfully created a new user.

Brief instructions: Create a new user via the password settings

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut [Windows] + [R] and enter ” control userpasswords2 ” (without the quotation marks). Then press ” OK “.
  2. Click on ” Add … “.
  3. Select ” Log in without Microsoft account (not recommended) ” and then ” Local account “.
  4. Enter a username, password, and password help. Then click on ” Next “. Finally, click on ” Finish ” to create the new user.

Switch between users

If you want to switch between users, there are at least two practical options.

  • Click on the Windows logo on the bottom left
  • Click on the username above
  • Select another user
  • Another variant is the following. Lock the screen by pressing the Windows key and the L key at the same time
  • On the lock screen you can choose between the users

Delete a user account in Windows 10

Three requirements must be met if you want to delete a Windows 10 user :

  • If you want to delete a user in Windows 10, you need admin rights .
  • You can not delete the account you are currently logged in to .
  • The user must be logged out of their account for the admin to delete.

If these requirements are fulfilled, the deletion of a user account in Windows 10 is done quickly:

  1. Open the settings with the key combination Windows key + iand select ” Accounts ” on the start page .
  2. Click on ” Family & more contacts” in the menu to see all available accounts.
  3. Click on the user to be deleted.
  4. You will be notified that the account and all user datawill be deleted, and if you click on ” delete account and data ” the account will be removed.

Change an account in Windows 10

There are several ways you can change a user account in Windows 10. For example, right after you create it, you can give the account administrator rights or limit it to just a few apps.

Admin rights assigned:

  1. Click on the new account and then on ” Change account type“.
  2. In the next window you can choose between standard user and administrator.

Limit account rights to selected apps:

  1. Click on ” Assign assigned access” under the desired account
  2. There you have to selectthe account .
  3. And now you can choosethe app to which this account is restricted.

Only Windows 10 apps are shown, no other programs.

All other changes to the user account can only be made when logged in to Windows 10 with this account.

  • Assign an image to the account.
  • Connect login options, such as a password, PIN, or biometric data, to the account.
  • Change a local account to a Microsoft account and vice versa.

If you create a user in Windows 10, a folder with the name of the user will be created on drive C: below the “Users” folder. A Windows account with default settings will be created and all data of this user will be saved in his user account.

As soon as you delete a user account, this user folder will also be deleted. For this reason, you get a warning as the last step before the deletion. If you still need this data, either move it to another location or just let the account pass. If you want to block access, just forgive a new password.


How to Create a New User on Windows 10
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