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 the Sync and find your PC 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 into a 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 the Settings app either by clicking the Settings icon on the left side of the Start menu or simultaneously pressing the Windows logo and R keys.
Step 2: Go to Accounts > Family & other users page.
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 labeled I don’t have this person’s sign-in information to see Let’s create your account screen.
Step 6: Here, 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 a user 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 the password field blank if you don’t want to protect your account with a password. And if you have added a password, be sure to add security questions so that you can easily reset the password if you ever forget the password.
Click the Next button to create your new local user account in Windows 10. That’s it!
Step 8: To sign in to the new account, right-click on the 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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