How do I create a new user in Windows?

Updated: 05/04/2019 by Computer Hope
Users
Tip

You must have an Administrator account to create new accounts.

Creating a user in Windows 8 and 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
  2. Select User Accounts.

The user accounts selector in Windows 10.

  1. Click User Accounts again.

The user accounts selector in Windows 10.

  1. Near the middle of the window, click Manage another account.

The manage another account link in Windows 10.

  1. To the bottom-left of the box containing current user accounts, click The link to add a new user in Windows 10..
  2. Near the bottom of the window, click Add a new user in PC settings.
  3. Click on The add icon in Windows 10. next to either Add a family member or Add someone else to this PC.
  4. Follow the guided instructions to create a new user account.
Tip

During the account creation process, you can choose which type of account to create: a standard user or an administrator.

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.
Tip

During the account creation process, you can choose the type of account to create, whether a standard user or admin user.

After the account is 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.
Tip

During the account creation process, you can choose the type of account to create, whether a standard user or admin user.

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