Windows 10 users can use either a traditional local user account or Microsoft account to sign in and use the operating system. While some features like Sync can only be used while using a Microsoft account, almost all features are available to local account users as well.
It’s a well-known fact that Windows 10 can be used without a Microsoft account. While Windows 10 tries its best to push users to create and sign in with a Microsoft account, creating a local user account is not a hard job.
If for some reason, you don’t want to use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 10, you can create a local user account and use the same account to sign in and use Windows 10. And if you prefer to convert your current Microsoft account in to local user account, please refer to our how to sign out of Microsoft account in Windows 10 guide for detailed instructions.
Create a new local user account in Windows 10
Complete the given below directions to create a local user account in Windows 10.
Step 1: Open Settings app either by clicking Settings icon in the left-side of the Start menu or simultaneously pressing Windows logo and R keys.
Step 2: Click Accounts icon.
Step 3: Click Family and other users.
Step 4: Under Other users section, click Add someone else to this PC option.
Step 5: When you see “How will this person sign in?” screen, click the link labelled I don’t have this person’s sign-in information to see Let’s create your account screen.
Step 6: Here, in order to avoid creating a Microsoft account and create a local user account instead, you need to click Add a user without a Microsoft account link. Click Add a user without a Microsoft account link to continue.
Step 7: On “Create an account for this PC” page, enter a user name for your account, enter a password, re-enter the password to confirm the same, type a password hint. Of course, you can leave the password and re-enter password filed blank if you don’t want protect your account with a password. And if you have added a password, please refer to our how to automatically sign in to Windows 10 guide to avoid typing the password each time.
Click Next button to create your new local user account in Windows 10. That’s it!
Step 8: In order to sign in to the new account, right-click on Start button on the taskbar, click Shut down or sign out option, and then click Sign out option to see the lock screen.
When you see the lock screen, press Enter key or perform a mouse click to see the login or sign in screen. Select your new local account and enter the password (if there is one) to begin using your new local user account.
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