How to create and remove user accounts in Windows 10

A user account is essential for managing multiple users on a computer. It is where your configurations and favorites are stored and where account limits are enforced. The main user must have a Microsoft account but all other users can use either Microsoft or local user accounts. Today we will show you how to create and remove user accounts in Windows 10.

Create a user account in Windows 10

If you have multiple users who all spend time on a single computer, user accounts are essential for controlling each user’s impact on the others. Any changes to color, themes, desktop icons, favorites and more can be saved to each individual account and not affect any others. For that alone they are worth using!

Also, if you have users who like to mess around with computer settings, a limited user accounts protects your computer from the worst of that fiddling.

Local user accounts don’t require a Microsoft login so I’ll show you how to create one of those.

Here’s how to create a local user account.

  1. Right click the Windows Start button and select Settings.
  2. Select Accounts and Family & Other Users.
  3. Select Add someone else to this PC.
  4. Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information to create a local account.
  5. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  6. Enter a username and a password twice. Add a password hint.
  7. Select Next to complete setup.

Whenever you want to switch users, select the Windows Start button, select the current user and select your new account from the list.

Remove a user account from Windows 10

If you have multiple user accounts and no longer need them, it takes less than a minute to remove them.

  1. Right click the Windows Start button and select Settings and then Accounts.
  2. Navigate to Family & Other Users. You should see all users in the right pane.
  3. Select the user you want to remove and select Remove.
  4. Confirm when prompted.

The user and their configuration details will be removed from the computer. You can repeat this as many times as you need as long as the main owner account remains in place.

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