Like Windows 10, the all-new OS from Microsoft – Windows 11 also allows users to set up accounts for multiple users. There are two ways to add a new user to Windows 11 – using Microsoft Account or using a Local Account.
For adding a guest user or a member who doesn’t have a Microsoft account, you can use a Local Account. Although Microsoft will always force you to use Windows with a Microsoft account, you can still easily create a Local Account on Windows 11. To add a new Local Account, you need to log in with an administrative account.
In this guide, we will learn different ways to create a new local account in Windows 11.
Add a new Local Account in Windows 11 from Settings
The simplest and quickest way to add a local account in Windows 11 is from settings. For that, follow these steps:
Open Windows Settings and switch to the Accounts tab.
Under Accounts settings, click on Family & other users.
Now, click on the Add Account button next to Add another user.
On the next window, click on “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.”
Next, click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
Enter the credentials of your new account and if you want, secure it with a password.
Add a new Local user in Windows 11 using Command Prompt
Command Prompt is one of the best windows utility tools for a long time. Like older Windows versions, command prompt can be used on Windows 11 for performing many essential tasks. You can also use it to add a new local account in Windows 11. Here are the steps for that:
- On Windows 11 search box, type Command Prompt, click on its icon, and select Run as Administrator.
- Type or copy/paste the following command: net user “Username” “Password” /add and hit the enter key. Replace “Username” with the username you want and “Password” with its password, as shown below.
- You can find the newly created account in the Account settings.
Create a Local Account using Windows 11 Password Settings
If you find it challenging to create a Local Account using the above two methods, there is one more method you can try. Follow these steps to create a local account through Windows 11 password settings:
- Use the Windows + R keyboard to launch the Run Command Window.
- Type or copy/paste control userpasswords2
- On the User Account window, click on Add.
- On the next window, click on Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).
- Enter the credentials for your new local account and click Next.
- The new Local Account will be created.
Having a local account has its own benefits. Your data will be secure and isolated on your machine and won’t be synced with other devices with Microsoft account. The methods listed in this post will help you create a local account on your Windows 11 system and include additional members to it.
YES, you can have both Microsoft and Local Accounts on your Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices. Follow the steps listed in this post to create a Windows 11 local account.
There are several differences between a Microsoft and a local account. The major one is that the local account wouldn’t sync your data with other devices, whereas you can sync your data with other devices connected with the same Microsoft account. Other than that, a Local account does not require any email registration for log-in, whereas you need to register with an email to log in with a Microsoft Account.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.