How do I create a new user in Windows?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

UsersTip: You must have an Administrator account to create new accounts.

Creating a user in Windows 8 and 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click on User Accounts.
  3. Click Change account type.
  4. At the bottom of the Window click Add a new user in PC settings.
  5. Click on the + for either Add a family member or Add someone else to this PC to add a new account.

Create a user in Windows Vista and 7

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click on Add or remove user accounts.
  3. Click Create a new account.
  4. Enter the account name you want to use and the type of account. For most accounts, we'd suggest using "Standard user".
  5. Finally, click the Create Account button.

After the account has been created the name, password, picture, parental controls, and other settings can be changed by clicking the account in the account listing.

Creating a user in Windows XP

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Open User Accounts.
  3. In the User Accounts window click the Create a new account link.
  4. Enter the name for the account and click Next.
  5. Select the account type. For most accounts, we'd suggest using a "Limited account".
  6. Finally, click the Create Account button.

After the account has been created the name, password, picture, parental controls, and other settings can be changed by clicking the account in the account listing.

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