How to add additional users in Windows 10

Creating additional user accounts in Windows 10 is a straightforward process, but the steps required can vary depending on who the account is for. User accounts can be for family members, or for other users who may or may not have a Microsoft account.

A Microsoft account is an account used to access Windows, Office 365, Outlook.com, Skype, or Xbox Live. If the main user of the computer has a Microsoft account, then additional users can be added either as family members, or as regular users. The advantages of adding family members includes allowing the use of parental controls on 'child' accounts, and adding other 'adult' accounts will allow them to administer access on the child accounts. Of course, users can also be added as regular user accounts, without any additional privileges.

Opening the Accounts settings

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Windows 10 has a great interface for managing user accounts.

 
 
 
 
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From the home screen, click the Windows Start icon (or the Action Centre icon) and click Settings.

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On the main settings menu, click Accounts.

Adding an account for a family member

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Adding a new user to your family allows you to manage windows settings as well as internet access for your children, and also allows you to add adults and give them the ability to administer the child accounts.

To add a family member, follow these steps:

 
 
 
 
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Make sure the Accounts settings are open, as mentioned in the steps above.

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On the left, click Family & other users.

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In the Your family section, click on Add a family member.

 
 
 
 
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Choose whether you wish to add a child or adult to your family by clicking the correct circle. Family accounts will all need to be linked to Microsoft accounts, so enter their account address in the box and click Next. If the person you're adding doesn't have a Microsoft account, click the link below the email box and sign up for a free Microsoft account for this family member.

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If you're adding a family member with an existing Microsoft account, you'll see a confirmation prompt onscreen showing their email address. Check this is correct, then click Confirm, or click Back to amend the information you've entered.

 
 
 
 
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You will then see a notification advising you that an email has been sent to that user's address, inviting them to join your Windows 10 family. They will have to confirm this by accessing their email and clicking the link supplied. Click Close.

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The newly added family member will show immediately, but will show as 'pending' until they confirm their addition via their email. Once they've done this, they can log into their newly created Windows 10 account on the computer, which will be visible when you either log off or restart the PC.

If you're creating a new Microsoft account for your new family member, the new address for the account will show on the accounts screen immediately after it is created; you won't see the confirmation screens.

Adding an account for an 'other' user

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The method of adding a non-family member as a user varies slightly depending on whther they use a Microsoft account or not.

To add an 'Other user' with a Microsoft account:

 
 
 
 
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Open the Accounts settings as described above.

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On the left, click Family & other users.

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In the Other users section, click to Add someone else to this PC.

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If the user you wish to add has a Microsoft account, enter that address in the box provided and click Next.

 
 
 
 
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A message will show on screen advising that your computer will need to be connected to the Internet for the new user to log in for the first time. Click Finish.

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The new user's Microsoft account address will show in the 'Other users' section. They will now be able to log into their own User account on your computer, and customise their own settings.

To add an 'Other user' as a local account:

 
 
 
 
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Open the Accounts settings as described above.

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On the left, click Family & other users.

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In the 'Other users' section, click Add someone else to this PC.

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A local user isn't linked to a Microsoft account, so click the link near the bottom which starts The person I want to add....

 
 
 
 
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Microsoft would like all Windows 10 users to use a Microsoft account, so at the top you will see options for adding or creating one. To skip this, and just create a local User account on the computer instead, click Add a user without a Microsoft account and click Next.

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In the top box, enter the User account name you'd like to add. You also have the option to add a password to make the account more secure. To do so, enter the password in both boxes (to make sure you don't misspell it) and also enter a hint to help you in case you forget the password you've entered. When you're happy with all of the details, click Next.

The user account will be created, and the name will show in the 'Other users' section. Local accounts still have the ability to customise their own settings, and save their own files securely, but won't have access to online services such as Live Drive, or be able to download apps from the Windows Store, as these functions require a Microsoft account.

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