Do you want to protect your current Windows account but still create a second account that have the same privilege?
As you know everyone can create new accounts in their Windows 10 computer. Yet theses accounts will only get normal privileges, we call them normal accounts. This is useful especially if you don’t want your family members or friends whom you share your computer with to mess up with your settings or access advanced features and settings.
Using a local account or a Microsoft account to login to your PC, both ways you will be able to create an administrator account. You can do this also if you want to delete your current account because of some weird errors such as “We Can’t Sign to Your Account“.
Creating normal accounts allows you to gain some power, since you are restricting other users from accessing other accounts.
In this tutorial you will discover how to create a new administrator account in just a few clicks.
If you already have created a normal or standard account, you just want to give it administrator privileges, just skip the two steps and follow the third one.
How to Add a New User as a Local Account
You can create a local account if you don’t want to use a Microsoft account (or an E-mail) to login to your session. Though this is possible Microsoft made it complicated since it wants users logging-in using their own E-mail addresses for some reason.
Creating a local account comes in handy especially if you don’t want your Microsoft Store synchronized with your account. UWP apps are yet new to lot of Windows users and have some glitches, most prefer using local account for privacy reasons.
To create an account please open your Windows Settings app using the Win+I key combination, then click on “Accounts“.
In the Accounts’ Settings click on “Family & other people” on the left panel to open the interface allowing you to create extra accounts in your computer.
Under Your family you will find Other people, as we said earlier a Microsoft account has some privileges that local accounts don’t, in my case I have a local account and this tutorial is to show how to create another account.
Click on “Add someone else to this PC” to start creating a new account. Microsoft wants to encourage family members to use a Microsoft account since it gives more control to parents over their kids.”
The window How will this person sign in? will show up…
Now if you are like me and prefer not to use any E-mail to login to your account, click “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information“.
Microsoft wants you to create an account, but since we only want it to be local. Click on “Add a user without a Microsoft account” in the bottom of the form.
Please keep in mind that you will be able to login without internet using a Microsoft account since your system will synchronize your login data.
Now you can choose an appropriate Username for your account, this will be used to identify your account and used to name your personal folder inside
You can set a password for your account, the password hint can be anything or leave it blank. Click on “Next“.
Now if you log out from your current session and sign-in using the newly created user account, you can see basic Windows apps and settings, as if it’s a fresh Windows installation.
Create a New Microsoft Account
If you want to add a new user account using the Microsoft account follow theses steps. Creating a Microsoft account allows you to connect to apps like People, Calendar, Mail, Office and more.
Go to Settings app using the Win+I key combination or from Start. Click on “Account“, click “Family and other users” and click on “Add someone else to this PC“. Then choose “Add, edit and remove other users“.
Enter your “Email address” and click on “Next“. Here if you don’t have a Microsoft account, click on “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” and create a new Microsoft account. Once logged in to the Microsoft account, your new user account will be ready to be logged in.
Change Account Type to Administrator
Go to Settings app (Win+I) and click on “Accounts” then on “Family and other users“. Under the “Other users” field click on the newly created Local or Microsoft user account to which you want to change to administrator. Then click on “Change account type” button.
Next, click on “Account type“, which should be Standard User by default, click the drop-down button and choose “Administrator“. Click on “OK” to save the Settings.
Follow the steps above to add all your Local User or Microsoft account as Administrator.
Delete a User Account
If you want to remove an account then just click “Remove” next to your account. It’s that simple!
If the account is password protected you will be asked to enter the password.
And there you have it!
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