How to create a local (non-Microsoft) account in Windows 10, in 4 steps

Do you want to create a user in Windows 10 that does not use an e-mail address? Do you want to use Windows 10 without a Microsoft account? If you do, then you are in the right place, as this guide will show you how to create a local user account that doesn’t use a Microsoft e-mail address. Here’s how it is done, in just four steps:

NOTE: This procedure has to be performed from a user account that is set as an administrator on your Windows 10 computer or device.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Accounts

First, you need to open the Settings app. One quick way to do that is to press Windows + I on your keyboard. Then, click or tap on Accounts.

Step 2: Start the wizard that adds someone else to your Windows 10 computer or device

In the column on the left, click or tap “Family & other people” and then, look for the “Other people” section on the right. There, click the + button found near the text that says: “Add someone else to this PC.”

The Microsoft account wizard opens, asking you to enter the email or phone number of a Microsoft account.

Step 3: Create a local (non-Microsoft) account

First, click or tap the link that says: “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.”

Then, you are supposed to create a Microsoft account, which is rather annoying, if you ask us. Now, click or tap the link that says: “Add a user without a Microsoft account.”

Finally, you can create a local user account, without using a Microsoft e-mail address.

Type the name of the user account, type its password in the two fields that require it and then provide a small hint. After you have entered all this information, press Next.

The user account is created, and you are back to the Settings app window, where you can see the newly added account. By default, the new local account that you have created is a standard user, without any administrator permissions. If you need to change its type, read this guide: 3 ways to change the type of a user account (Standard or Administrator), in Windows.

Step 4: Sign in with the newly created local account

Once the user account is created and you have set its permission level (Standard or Administrator), you should sign in and use it. To do that, click the Start button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. In the Start Menu, click or tap your user account icon and then, in the menu that opens, press the user account that you have created.

Then, sign in with the password that you have set for your local account and use it as you see fit.

What do you think about this procedure?

We find it unnecessarily difficult to create a local user account in Windows 10. The procedure should be more evident and it should involve fewer steps. While we understand the benefits of using a Microsoft account in Windows 10, sometimes people need or prefer to use a local account. It should be easier for people to create local accounts. What is your opinion on this subject? Do you find it easy to create local user accounts in Windows 10?