How to Create & Manage All Your Microsoft User accounts? A Quick Guide for Windows 8/10

By Rimzhim Sharma March 12, 2017 How To, Windows

Whether one has privacy issues or not, we all need personal space especially when it’s the internet. In the same way, we need a user account to use our Windows as well-specially if you share your PC with other people. Windows has given us the advantage where each person can customize their accounts with their settings and preferences of their choice, like a desktop background or screen saver. User accounts also gives an authority to control which files and apps each person can use and what changes they can make to the PC, which includes creating separate files, browser favorites, and a desktop they can call their own.

Also read: How to Change User Profile Photo and Name in Windows 10?

When you create a user account, you can choose between two types of accounts:

  • Local Account-For one PC.
  • Microsoft Account-Can work on all the Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 10 PC’s you use.

We recommend using a Microsoft account. Descriptive steps to create both the accounts for windows 8 as well as 10 are explained in detail below:

Windows 8/8.1

Steps to Create a Microsoft Account

A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you use to sign in to Windows. You can use any email address, but it’s best if you choose the one you already use to communicate with friends and sign in to your favorite websites. When you sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account, you’ll connect your PC to the people, files, and devices you care about.

When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to cloud storage online which has an added benefit. This means that:

  • Your personal settings are synced to any Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs you sign in to with that account, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and most apps.
  • You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on up to five Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs. (Some apps require specific hardware or hardware settings.)
  • Your friends’ contact info and status stays up to date from places like Outlook.com, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from places like OneDrive, Facebook, and Flickr.

Here are the quick steps to create a Microsoft Account:

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

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2. Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Other accounts and select Add an account.

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3. Enter the account info to sign in to Windows. There are four ways to do this:

  • If the person you’re adding already has a Microsoft account, enter it now.
  • If the person you’re adding doesn’t have a Microsoft account, you can use their email address to create one. Enter the email address that person uses most frequently.
  • If the person you’re adding doesn’t have an email address, tap or click Sign up for a new email address. It’s free.
  • If the person you’re adding is a child, tap or click Add a child’s account.

4. Follow the instructions to finish setting up the account.

Note: If you’re having problems with your Microsoft account, you can try running the Microsoft Accounts troubleshooter. It’s an automated tool that can find and automatically fix some problems. It’s only available in English, but will work in all languages.

Steps to Create a Local Account

A local account is an account that lets you sign in to only one PC. If you create a local account, you’ll need a separate account for each PC you use. None of your settings will be synced between the Windows 8.1 PCs you use, and you won’t get the benefits of connecting your PC to your files, settings, apps, and services online in the cloud and accessible from anywhere. You also won’t be able to download apps from the Windows Store without a Microsoft account.

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.

2. Tap Accounts, and then click on Other accounts.

3. Tap or click Add an account, and then click Sign in without a Microsoft account.

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4. Tap on Local account.

5. Enter a user name for the new account.

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6. If you want this person to sign in with a password, enter and verify the password, add a password hint, and then tap or click Next.

7. Click Finish.

Windows 10

1. Select the Start button, then select Settings> Accounts > Your account.

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2. Select Family & other users (or Other users, if you’re using Windows 10 Enterprise).

You may also like: How to Delete User Account in Windows 10?

3. Under Other users, select Add someone else to this PC.

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4. If the person you’re adding has a Microsoft account, type their email address, select Next, and then select Finish. After they sign in, their online email, photos, files, and settings will be waiting for them.

If you’re having problems adding an account, you can also find some useful tips at the Microsoft account FAQ. If still you get stuck at any point then give us a call on our toll free number 855-765-6710 (US, Canada) to seek instant tech assistance.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."