Create Local Account in Microsoft Windows 8


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About User Accounts

Windows 8 supports two types of user accounts that users can use to log on to the computer. The two types of user accounts that Windows 8 supports are:

  • Microsoft Account – Microsoft account is an account that can be created either on Hotmail.com or live.com. Since the accounts on these sites can be accessed from anywhere in the world, users can use the same account credentials to log on to any Windows 8 computer that is connected to the Internet.
  • Local Account – Unlike Microsoft account, a local user account is authenticated from the local Security Account Manager (SAM) file that is located in the system drive of the computer. Since every Windows 8 computer has a different local SAM file, local accounts created on one Windows 8 computer can log on to that computer only.

Different Ways of Creating Local Accounts

Microsoft Windows 8 allows administrators to create local user accounts in 2 different ways which are:

  • From ‘PC settings’ Window – Windows 8 has a new window named ‘PC settings’ that allows administrators to customize, and sometimes manage a Windows 8 computer. When Windows 8 is installed in a home computer, many users use ‘PC settings’ window to create a new local user account because of its simple wizard.
  • From Computer Management Snap-in – Computer Management snap-in can be initiated by right-clicking the Computer icon that is available in the left pane in Libraries window. In production environments, most administrators prefer creating local user accounts from the Computer Management snap-in because it allows them to add the newly created users to one or more groups using easy wizards.

Irrespective of the process, administrative privileges are always required to create a local user account on a Windows 8 computer.

Creating a Local User Account Using ‘PC settings’ Window

To create a local user account on a Windows 8 computer using ‘PC settings’ window, administrators must follow the steps below:

  1. Use administrator account credentials to log on to Windows 8 computer.
  2. From the Start screen, click Desktop tile to view the desktop.
  3. From the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the window.
  4. From the displayed options in the right, click Settings.
  5. From the bottom of Settings pane, click Change PC settings.

    Click Change PC Settings

  6. On PC settings window, click to select Users from the left pane.
  7. From the right pane, under Other users section, click Add a user.

    Add a User

  8. From the bottom of Add a user window, click Sign in without a Microsoft account.
  9. On next window, click Local account to create a local user account. Alternatively Microsoft account can also be clicked to create a Microsoft account.

    Click Local Account

  10. On next window, populate User name, Password, Reenter password, and Password hint fields with the desired values.

    Specify Desired Values

  11. Click Next to continue.
  12. On next window, click Finish to complete the local user account creation process.

Creating a Local User Account from Computer Management Snap-in

To create a local user account on a Windows 8 computer using Computer Management snap-in, administrators must follow the steps below:

  • Use administrator account credentials to log on to Windows 8 computer.
  • From the Start screen, click Desktop tile to view the desktop.
  • On the desktop screen, press Windows + R keys simultaneously to initiate Run command box.
  • In the available field in the Run command box, type COMPMGMT.MSC command and hit Enter key.
  • On Computer Management snap-in, under System Tools category from the left pane, double-click to expand Local Users and Groups.
  • From the expanded list, right-click Users.
  • From the context menu that appears, click New User.
  • On New User box, populate User name, Full name, Description, Password, and Confirm password fields with the desired values.

Create User from Computer Management Snap-in

  1. Click Create to create a new local user account.
  2. When done, close Computer Management snap-in.

Vivek Nayyar

Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platforms. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations. Technical Writer and Author.
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