There are times when you need to know how to add a non-Microsoft account to Windows 10. Microsoft accounts come with the advantage of syncing your settings across multiple devices. However, some users prefer giving that up, in exchange for the more secure and private experience of a local offline (non-Microsoft) account. If you don\u2019t want to share your info with Microsoft and you ask yourself \u201cHow do I add another user to Windows 10 without a Microsoft account?\u201d, you\u2019ve come to the right place. This tutorial illustrates six ways to create a local or non-Microsoft user account in Windows 10:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: Some of the methods illustrated require an Administrator account. To gather more info on the subject, you can also read What is a user account or a username in Windows? and Should you use a local or a Microsoft account in Windows 10?. While we don\u2019t recommend it, you can add local accounts that don\u2019t require a password to login by leaving the password fields blank during the account creation process.\r\n1. Add another user to Windows 10 without a Microsoft account from Settings\r\nWe find it easiest to create a non-Microsoft account with the Settings app. First, open Settings by pressing Win + I on your keyboard, and then click or tap on Accounts.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen Accounts settings\r\n\r\nIn the column on the left, click or tap on the \u201cFamily \u0026amp; other users\u201d tab. On the right-hand side, under Other users, press the + button next to the \u201cAdd someone else to this PC\u201d option.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdd someone else to this PC\r\n\r\nThe Microsoft account wizard opens, asking you to enter the email or phone number of a Microsoft account. Click or tap the \u201cI don\u2019t have this person\u2019s sign-in information\u201d link underneath.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAvoid creating a Microsoft account\r\n\r\nMicrosoft then tries to get you to create an account. Stand firm and click or tap on \u201cAdd a user without a Microsoft account\u201d link, then press Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdd a user without a Microsoft account\r\n\r\nNext, you can enter your desired User name under \u201cWho\u2019s going to use this PC?\u201d. Enter a password and verify it to make your account secure.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnter a User name and password\r\n\r\nThe moment you start to insert a password, six more fields are revealed at the bottom of your screen, in the \u201cIn case you forget your password\u201d section.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou have to choose three security questions from the list and provide an answer for each of them. Click or tap on each field to either open a dropdown menu with the available questions or to type in an answer. When you are done, press Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose three security questions and press Next\r\n\r\nYour account is created, and you are returned to the Settings app, where you can see it displayed under Other users.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYour account is created\r\n\r\nTo easily access the new account, read 7 ways to switch the user in Windows 10.\r\n2. Convert your Microsoft account into a local one in Windows 10\r\nIf you already created a Microsoft account, but you want to increase your privacy and stop sharing your data with the company, you can convert your Microsoft account into a local one. We created a tutorial with all the details necessary for switching to a Windows 10 local account from a Microsoft one.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSwitching to a local account in Windows 10\r\n3. Create a non-Microsoft account in Windows 10 with netplwiz\r\nYou can also use the netplwiz app to add a local user account. To begin, open the Run window with the keyboard shortcut Win + R and insert \u201cnetplwiz\u201d. Then, press OK or Enter on your keyboard.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnter netplwiz and press OK\r\n\r\nIn the Users tab of the User Accounts window, first, make sure the box next to the \u201cUsers must enter a user name and password to use this computer\u201d option on top is checked. Then, click or tap on Add.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCheck the box and press Add\r\n\r\nIn the next pop-up window, click or tap \u201cSign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose to add a non-Microsoft account\r\n\r\nNext, you are presented once more with all the advantages of using a Microsoft account.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe lack of syncing across devices can be a downside, but it is the only one, even if Microsoft suggests that you need one of their accounts to download apps. While this might seem like a big incentive to get a Microsoft account, it is just a scare tactic. We have a guide showing you How to use the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 without a Microsoft account, so go ahead and press the Local account button.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIgnore Microsoft\u2019s false info and choose Local account\r\n\r\nEnter a new User name, choose and confirm a password, and add a Password hint. Then, click or tap on Next.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnter the info for a new user\r\n\r\nPress Finish to complete the process of creating a local account.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFinish the creation process\r\n\r\nYou are returned to the User Accounts window, where you can already see the new user among the \u201cUsers for this computer.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe new user is displayed in User Accounts\r\n\r\nTIP: If you like the netplwiz app, you can also use it to automatically login into Windows without typing a password.\r\n4. Add a local user account to Windows 10 using Computer Management\r\nIf you\u2019re running Windows 10 Pro on your computer or device, you can also use the Computer Management tool to create a local account. Open Computer Management and click or tap on \u201cLocal Users and Groups\u201d under System Tools.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess Local Users and Groups\r\n\r\nIn the middle pane, right-click or press-and-hold on the Users folder, and then click or tap New User on the contextual menu.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCreate a New User\r\n\r\nThe New User window pops up. Choose a User name, then insert and confirm your password. You only need to fill in the User name field. The Full name uses the same info once the account is created. However, if you insert a different Full name during this step, this is the name displayed in Windows 10 for this account (including on the login screen). Check the boxes if you want to apply to the new account any of the options displayed next to them. Then, press Create and Close the New User window.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInsert the info and click or tap Create to finish adding the account\r\n\r\nIf you access the Users folder in Computer Management, you can see the new account displayed inside.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYour account is displayed in Users\r\n\r\nTIP: The Computer Management tool and the netplwiz app, which we discussed in the previous section, are also useful if you want to rename a local account in Windows 10. Learn more about it from How to change your user account name in Windows 10.\r\n5. Add a non-Microsoft account to Windows 10 with CMD or PowerShell\r\nIf you like using command-line interpreters, both the Command Prompt and PowerShell can be used to add a local user to Windows 10. The steps are identical for both apps, but we only go over the ones for the Command Prompt.\r\n\r\nStart the Command Prompt as administrator by searching \u201ccmd\u201d in your taskbar\u2019s search field and then clicking or tapping on the \u201cRun as administrator\u201d option.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSearch cmd and press Run as administrator\r\n\r\nConfirm your choice in the UAC window that pops up, and the Command Prompt is launched.\r\n\r\nThe command you need to enter is relatively simple: \u201cnet user NAME PASS /add\u201d - replace NAME with the name of the account you are creating and PASS with the password for that account. Below, we created a user called Digital using the password 1234.\r\n\r\nNOTE: You can completely remove the PASS value from the command, and the newly created user can login without a password.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUse CMD to create a local account\r\n\r\nIf everything is fine, you get the message \u201cThe command completed successfully.\u201d, and the new user is displayed among the other accounts that exist on your PC or device.\r\n6. Create a local offline account while installing Windows 10\r\nYou can also create a non-Microsoft user while installing Windows 10. During the installation process, when asked about the account that you want to use, you should get the Offline account option.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpting to use an offline account instead of a Microsoft account\r\n\r\nWe detail the process of configuring the Windows 10 setup to use a local account in the last section of our tutorial How to install Windows 10 from a DVD, ISO file or a USB drive. However, during our tests, we discovered that the Offline account option is not always available while installing Windows 10. To make sure you\u2019re not forced to create a Microsoft account, we recommend you avoid connecting your computer to the internet before the Windows 10 installation is complete. This ensures you can finish the installation using a local account.\r\nWhich method to add a local user do you prefer?\r\nA non-Microsoft account lets you perform any task on your Windows 10 computer or device while keeping your settings and files safe on your computer. Did you manage to add a local user account? Which method do you prefer? Let us know in the comment section.