Tip: Add New User without Live ID on Windows 10

Microsoft has been getting pretty funny trying to get everyone in the cloud. I personally prefer to stay local, this includes my user accounts. I can connect to all the clouds I want later, but I’d keep my user account locally to have at least some sort of privacy remained. 

In Windows 10 creating a local user account has been hidden as have been many other settings. To get there, you need to do a bit of digging through the options. 

Here’s how to create a local admin account without the use of Windows Live ID or other Microsoft ID-s. 

1. Go to Control Panel -> User accounts -> Manage another account

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2. Click Add new user in PC settings at the bottom of the window

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3. Click Add someone else to this PC

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

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5. Click on Add a user without a Microsoft account

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6. Enter the username and password and password hint and hit OK to create the user. Now the user gets created with standard user permissions (not admin). See next step for adding admin privileges. 

7. Click on the username you just created and click on Change account type

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8. Select Administrator from the dropdown and apply settings by clicking OK. 

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Voila! You have set up an administrator user locally without Windows Live ID. 

Now if you did this to create a separate admin account for security to strip administrative privileges from your working account, don’t forget to log in with the new admin account and change your working account type from administrator to standard user. 

 

Post Author: Tom Pai