Do you have a new PC with Windows 11 or did you just install it yourself? You may want to share your computer with other people, so you have to add a new user to Windows 11. If that’s the case, you are in the right place. In this guide, we show you how to create and add a new user in Windows 11. It doesn’t matter if you want to add a Microsoft or a local account, we’ve got you covered:
- Open the Terminal as administrator, and type the command: “net user NAME PASS /add”
- Replace NAME with the name of the user you are creating and PASS with the password for it.
IMPORTANT: If you want to create a Microsoft account, you should do that in a web browser to set it up correctly, including with the appropriate recovery information, in case you later forget the password. We have a separate guide with 3 ways to create a Microsoft account from your browser that you should read first. In this guide, we show you how to add Microsoft accounts that were created previously and how to create and add local user accounts to Windows 11. Note that all the procedures in this guide work only if you’re using an administrator account.
You can add both Microsoft accounts and local accounts from the Settings app. To do that, first open Settings in Windows 11. One way to do that is to press the Windows + I keys on the keyboard. Then, in the Settings app, select Accounts on the left and go to Family & other users on the right.
Now you have options for adding other accounts to Windows 11. In the Other users section, click or tap the Add account button next to “Add other user.”
This action opens the Microsoft account window. If you want to add a Microsoft account to Windows 11, read section 1.a. If you want to create and add a local account, read section 1.b.
TIP: If you’re wondering whether you should use a Microsoft account or a local account, read this article: Should you use a local or a Microsoft account?
If you want to add a Microsoft account, enter the email address or phone number associated with your account, and press Next.
The Microsoft account is now added to your Windows 11 computer. You are not required to enter its password because it will be requested automatically on its first log in. Press Finish and you are done.
You can now use that Microsoft account to log in to Windows 11.
If you want to create a local (non-Microsoft) account, in the Microsoft account window, click or tap “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.”
Windows 11 tries to help you create a Microsoft account instead. Refuse this offer by clicking or tapping “Add a user without a Microsoft account.”
You can finally create your local user account. Type its name and password, and then confirm the latter.
Below the password fields, there are three security questions for you to answer. You cannot skip them, and their purpose is to help you recover your local account if you forget its password. Choose the three questions that you want to answer and then type the appropriate answers. This data is not sent to Microsoft, so don’t be worried about answering truthfully. When done, click or tap Next.
The local account is created, and you are returned to the Settings app, where you can see it displayed under Other users.
If you like command-line environments, open the Terminal as administrator, and type the command:
“net user NAME PASS /add”
Replace NAME with the name of the user you are creating and PASS with the password for it. Below, we created a user called MyUserName with the password Pas$$w0rd. How’s that for a strong password? 🙂
NOTE: You can completely remove the PASS value from the command, and the newly created user can login without a password. Also, this command can be run both in the PowerShell, and the Command Prompt, not only the Terminal.
Open Computer Management. One way to do this is to press Windows + X on your keyboard and then choose Computer Management in the menu that appears. In the column on the left, choose Local Users and Groups, and in the middle of the window, right-click Users and select New User.
You see the New User prompt. Complete the User Name and Full Name fields, type a password (if you want one) and confirm it, and then click Create.
The user account is created and added to Windows 11.
The User Accounts window opens, listing the user accounts that exist on your computer. To add a new user (local account or Microsoft account), click or tap Add.
To add a Microsoft account, read section 4.a. To create a local account, read section 4.b.
If all you want is to add a Microsoft account, simply type its associated email address and press Next.
The new user is added to Windows 11 and can be used to sign in. All that’s left is to press Finish.
To add a new local account, click or tap “Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).”
Next, you are presented once more with all the advantages of using a Microsoft account. The company is trying really hard to convince you to quit your idea of using a local account. Go ahead and click or tap Local account.
Enter the new User name, type and confirm its password, and add a Password hint. Then, click or tap on Next.
Press Finish to complete the process of adding a new user/local account.
You are returned to the User Accounts window, where you see the new user account listed alongside the others.
TIP: You can also use the User Accounts window to set Windows 11 to allow you to automatically login without a password.
When you install Windows 11, you arrive at a point where you are asked to add a Microsoft account. The user is added before you log in to Windows 11 for the first time. Enter the email or phone number associated with that account and press Next.
Then, enter the password and press Sign in.
If you use two-step verification for your Microsoft account, you might also have to confirm that you are the one who tries to sign in by entering a code you receive on your smartphone or an alternative email. Then, the account is added to Windows 11.
Now you know several methods for creating and adding user accounts in Windows 11. You can do this using the Settings app, the Windows Terminal, and several other tools. Before closing this guide, tell us which method do you prefer and why? Also, if you know other ways of creating new users, let us know in a comment. We promise to update this article and include your tips.