When installing Windows 10, the first account you create is an Administrator’s account. An administrator’s account has several privileges, and a common one is the ability to add new users to your computer.
There are several reasons an administrator adds new users. One is to allow the safe sharing of computers in an office with lesser machines than the team members. In such instances, the sharing of PCs is unavoidable and equally essential.
The creating of new users in computers allows for the effective utilization of available resources. It ensures top-notch performance in all business activities. Also, creating new accounts provides for restrictions in the access of each user’s account.
In family setups, new user accounts are especially important if they involve children or family members that require limited and supervised online access. When you set up new users on your computer, you avoid erroneous deletion, duplication, or access to sensitive files.
First, click on the Start button and select Settings. Another way to access Settings on your computer is by pressing Windows+I keys or pressing Windows then typing the word Setting in the search bar.
On the next menu, go to the Accounts button and select the Family & other users option. If you are adding family members or users with access restrictions, move to Your Family option, then select Add a family member. In the case of work associates, then select Add someone else to this PC.
The next page allows you to key-in the Microsoft address of the new user. Mostly, an email address is needed, but you can use Google, Xbox, or Skype addresses. The advantage of using Microsoft’s email address is that the user gains easy access to their downloads and apps on the OneDrive account.
The access is instant and works when you create the new user account and log in to Windows. The ease in access to previous files ensures that the users do not have to wipe and reinstall apps every time they use the computer.
The final step is to press OK then the Finish button to complete the process. The person’s’ name or account can now be seen when you open the Account page. The name also displays in the Start menu of your PC.
To change between different users on your PC, click the Start button, check the drop-down menu for the registered users of the computer and select the preferred account. Confirm that the account names are correct and key-in your password to begin work. You can also change user accounts by restarting the PC and selecting a different account from the Windows lock screen.
A user account without a Microsoft address is known as a Local Account. To set up a local account, begin by clicking the Start button, then Settings, and later the Accounts option. Click on Family & other users and select Add someone else to this PC.
The next option will prompt you to enter the users’ password. Skip this and move to the bottom of the page and click on “I do not have this person’s sign-in information”. Move on to the next page and choose to “Add user without a Microsoft account”. Drop to the next step and enter a name, password, password confirmation, and password hint. Click on the Next button and complete the process.
There are several differences between a new user account with Microsoft address and a local account. The local accounts are not connected to the Onedrive app and cannot access features associated with Microsoft. The features you can miss with local accounts include: downloading Microsoft programs, accessing information shared on Onedrive, and quickly installing new apps. Even though you can still download apps from the new user account, you will need an administrator’s password to start the process.
That said, local accounts are limited, making them the best choice for surfing through unsafe sites. Also, when using a local account, you do not have to worry about other users’ accessing dangerous sites and risking the security of your PC.
You can choose to use the expert’s option by opting for CMD to create new accounts. You begin by pressing the Start key and typing the words “command prompt” in the dialog box. Next, right-click on the command prompt and select the “Run as administrator” option. This will direct you to the next screen where you can choose “Yes” to continue.
The next step requires you to have a username and password. For this example, the username is Ruth and the password njambi. Next, you can input the code line to create a new user. Based on the above username and password, here is how the code appears:
C:\Windows\system32\net user Ruth njambi / add
Click the Enter button and wait for the following message, “The command completed successfully”. If that message does not appear, check on the code line and ensure you have every detail in the right place.
After the successful completion of the process, the details of the new user appears on the Accounts menu. The new user can now access their account through the Start menu or the lock Window screen when they restart the computer.
An administrator can grant more privileges to a new user or even delete accounts. To give administrators rights to a user, go to Settings, Accounts, then Family & other users and select the account you want to grant admin privileges. Press the Change account type button then click on the Account type option. Select the Administrator option and press OK. That gives the new user rights to carry out admin roles from their account.
Another option is to add privileges using CMD. First, create the new local account. Click the Start button and type “command prompt”. Select the option to run the command as an administrator then type this code - replacing the old user name with the new one:
C:\Windows\system32\net localgroup administrators Ruth /add
Click Enter and it will update the administrator rights. When typing the code, always ensure that the words “net” and “add” are properly spelled and positioned. If the coding is not placed in the right format, the command prompts will not work. To confirm that the prompts are okay, check that the message the “command completed successfully” appears.
Administrators also have privileges to delete accounts that are not in use. To remove an account, start by pressing Settings, Accounts, then Family & other users buttons. Click on the account you wish to delete and select Delete account and data. Once the process is complete, it will delete every detail linked to the account from the PC.
The super administrator account comes with loads of advantages. It is less troublesome since it has fewer interruptions from the pop-ups in User Account Control. When working through the super administrator account, you can easily access and customize apps in Windows.
To create a super administrator account, start by setting up a new user account. After creating the account, return to the Start menu and choose the Windows system option. Right-click on the “command prompts” and select “Run as administrator”. Type “net user administrator /active:yes” then click Enter. Your super administrator account is now set and ready to use. If you wish to turn off the super administrator account, type the same command prompts and replace the word “yes” with a “no”.
Setting up a new user on Windows 10 comes with many benefits. The new users enjoy the convenience of downloading their applications and saving them on personal folders. Since no other user has access to the features of the user, the safety of their information is also assured.
But like any other online content, it is important to adhere to a few safety rules.