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How to create a Windows 10 account

Configure User Accounts Using the Settings Window

If your PC has multiple users, it is always a good idea to create separate accounts for each one. This gives each user their own space to store their files and customize Windows 10 to their individual preferences. Over the course of this topic, you will learn how to configure user accounts.

Topic Objectives

In this topic, you will learn: How to create a user account

What is a Username?

A username or user ID is a string of characters that is used to distinguish one user from another on a particular computer system. User IDs are also often called usernames, and they are frequently used as the text that comes before the @ symbol in an e-mail address.

Usually, a username will be a shortened or condensed form of the user’s actual name, like “jsmith” or “kjones,” but this is not always the case. In many situations, users can configure their username to be just about any sequence of characters that they like. However, on systems that support multiple different users, it is generally accepted that each user will have his (or her) own unique username.

Usernames are often used in combination with passwords as a system security measure. To log onto a specific system, for example, a person will have to enter their identification or authorization credentials. These credentials typically consist of a username and password combination. If either the username or password is entered incorrectly, access to the system is denied.

Generally, unlike passwords, usernames are shorter, are often made entirely of letters (like a person’s name), and are easier to learn or guess. For these reasons a username does not substitute for, or serve the same purpose as, a password. A username is, for the most part, used to identify a person on a computer system, and as such, a username is often publicly visible on the system.

Creating your Windows 10 Account

To create an account, open the Settings window and then click the Accounts category:

With the Accounts category open, click the “Family & other people” sub-category:

Near the bottom of this sub-category, in the “Other people” section, click the “Add someone else to this PC” button:

How will this person sign in?

A new dialog box will now be displayed. By default, Windows 10 assumes that you will be adding a user with a Microsoft account so it will ask for the new user’s Microsoft account e-mail address. If this is the case, enter their e-mail address into the provided field and click the Next button to continue:

On the next screen, you will be informed that the account has been created and the owner of the new account can log into it using their Microsoft account password. Click Finish:

How will this person sign in?

If you need to sign up for a Microsoft account or would like to create a local account, you would instead click the “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” link in the first stage of the dialog box:


A local account will exist solely on the computer that it was created with and doesn’t use an online Microsoft account.

Let’s create your account

At this point a form to create a new Microsoft account will be displayed. You can complete this form or click the “Add a user without a Microsoft account” link at the bottom of this dialog box:

Create an account for this PC

If you chose to create a local account, the dialog box will then provide you with a form to give this new account a user name, as well as a password and password hint. Complete this form and click Next to complete the process:

Family & other people

In any of the above cases, you will be returned to the “Family & other people” sub-category of the Accounts category in the Settings window. Any new accounts that you created will be listed in the “Other people” section:


Creating a Windows 10 account – how to guide

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