It’s pretty normal for users to share their PCs with people that they know or trust. In such situations, it’s always better to create separate accounts for distinct users in order to grant them their own customizable space while protecting private data as well. At times one will also have to delete a specific user or change their password. All these things can be done using either the Settings app or Control Panel. Here’s the perfect guide to help you with each case if you’re using Windows 10.

  1. How to create a new user account in Windows 10

To add a new user follow the below steps:

  • Open the Start menu and open Settings next to the gear icon
  • From the menu, select the Accounts option and then Your account
  • Click on Family & other users
  • Under Other users, click on Add someone else to this PC
  • In case the new user is the owner of a Microsoft account, type in their email ID and click on Next and then If the user doesn’t have a Microsoft account, choose the Sign in without a Microsoft accountoption followed by selecting the Local account option.
  • Type in their user name, temporary password and hint
  • Click on Next and then Finish
  1. How to remove an existing user account in Windows 10

Follow the below steps to delete an existing user:

  • Open the Start menu and open Settings next to the gear icon
  • From the menu, select the Accounts option and then Your account
  • Click on Family & other users
  • Select the account you need to remove from your PC and click the Remove button
  • Upon the prompt on whether you really want to continue with the removal process, click on the Delete user account and data button
  1. How to change and existing user’s password in Windows 10

If you’re the administrator, changing an existing user’s password is a regular practice. The local user may have forgotten his or her password or their password might simply have been compromised and the PC may be prone to an unauthorized login attempt. The administrator can change the password with the following steps:

  • Launch the Start menu or press the Win + X key to open the Control Panel
  • Click on the User Accounts button
  • Select the Manage another account option and click on Yes if prompted by User Account Control
  • Select the user account for which you want to change the password followed by clicking on Change the password
  • Type in the new password, confirm the new password and select the password hint
  • Finally click on Change password option

Wrapping it up

No one can deny the importance of an administrator account having complete control over local accounts while managing multiple levels of access. Be it adding new ones, deleting unnecessary ones or making changes to existing accounts, managing multiple users in Windows 10 has been simplified to quite an extent as compared to its predecessors such as Windows 7 or 8.

How to Add a New Windows User, Delete and Change the Password of an Existing User

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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