12 replies on 6 ways to add a local (non-Microsoft) user to Windows 10

  1. Mu says:

    Thank you!

  2. Pat Knepley says:

    Tried it, but didn’t work. Spinning wheel just keeps turning when try to log in as newly created local user…very frustrating

  3. John says:

    This worked for me in win 10 pro; BUT all I did was created a new user then retuned to my original account it it started working again…. weird!
    But Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. John Wilson says:

    The benefits of having a Microsoft account are mainly that you are freely giving up ALL OF YOU PRIVACY to Microsoft – for a little more functionality – in a blatant attempt by Microsoft to capture/use/track/sell all of your data.
    A local account preserves the bulk of your legacy privacy, and allows you to keep control of all of your personal data. Obviously, if you’re at all concerned with what you want to share with others online you would naturally go with a local account. Microsoft is doing the same thing thing the NSA does …
    Yes, a local account should be easier to setup; however, Microsoft obviously doesn’t want you to go that route!

  5. Ellen Finkelstein says:

    I want to change the login password, not add a new one. In other words, I want to make sure that the original Windows password does NOT work to log into my computer.

  6. anonymous says:

    Thank you Digital Citizen for the explanation.
    The Microsoft procedure should be easier,
    they know how to do it simple, but simply they do not do.

  7. RG in SG says:

    I agree that it’s confusing. I’ve used Windows forever, and finally from your article I understand why I kept having to sign into Microsoft, and why I couldn’t set up my own password (local), because it wasn’t my MS password. Sheesh.

    I’ll probably stick with the MS account rather than the local one, but thanks to your excellent article, I now understand what’s going on.

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  8. Bob White says:

    I’m taking my new PC back to Costco. Windows 10 is not worth putting up with.

  9. Carolyn G says:

    Am just average Jane PC user trying to do own new PC setup (no frills).. thanks for your info .. I can relate to the utter frustration you describe .. wasnt sure what Id created .. will help me to get setup I prefer. Felt like being railroaded into things I choose to not use

  10. MikeL says:

    Hi, Just read your article, ‘Add a local (non-Microsoft) user to Windows 10’ I currently have Win 10 ver 1909 with one account that is a local account.

    My question is this please:

    If I go through the process of updating windows 10 to version 20H2, will I be forced to create a microsoft account as don’t want one, or will the 20H2 update recognise that I have a local account.

    I can’t seem to find an answer to this.


    That was the great thing about Windows XP. In Windows XP you were able to create and have a local sign in account with no problem at all. As a matter of fact in Windows XP a local account was the only account you used to sign in to the Windows XP system. It was great. No for some reason Microsoft took complete control of Windows 10. Why couldn’t they treat it just like Windows XP and allow the user to only use a local account for signing into the Windows 10 system without having to go through Microsoft. They should of designed it so you could bypass Microsoft and just use a local account. That’s why Windows XP was a lot better when it came to signing it or creating a user account. After 21 years of using Windows XP I finally have to switch over to Windows 10 because the printer software I use will not allow me to install my printers onto Windows XP without first installing Netframe software. Well when I tried to install the Netframe software I found that all the versions of Netframe no longer support Windows XP. So, now I am forced to upgrade to Windows 10 whether I like it or not, or I will not be able to print from my printers.

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