How to Create a New Windows User Account

When sharing a computer with others, privacy is one of the biggest concern that one faces. Others can easily snoop around in folders and access files that you intend to keep private. Moreover, you can hardly enjoy a personalised experience as the desktop wallpaper, screensaver and various settings can be changed by anyone.

Fortunately, Microsoft is fully aware of all the issues that can arise when a computer is being shared by multiple users, which is why every version of Windows comes with the option of creating multiple user accounts. Each user account offers plenty of privacy and allows customisation of screen appearance and settings.

Setting up a new user account is quite simple, though the process is slightly different for each version of Windows.

Things Required:

– Computer
– Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
– Administrator account
– Internet (for Windows 8)


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    For Windows XP

    - Click on the start menu button, located at the bottom-left corner of the screen, to bring up the start menu. Look for “Control Panel” in the second column on the start menu.

    - On the “Control Panel” page, locate and click “User Accounts” and then click on the “Create a New Account” option. Click “Next” to proceed further.

    - You will be prompted to give a name for the new user account. Type it and then click “Next.”

    - Specify whether the new account should be an administrator account or a limited user account. The former would give the new user all administrator privileges such as viewing all files, making changes to the system settings, create, remove or change user accounts, etc. The latter, on the other hand, would only have the privilege to customise screen appearance, modify password of that particular account and view their own files, or the ones that are present in the “Shared Documents” folder.

    - Complete the process by clicking “Create Account.”

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    For Windows Vista and 7

    - Click on the start menu button on the bottom-left corner of the screen and then click on “Control Panel.”

    - On the “Control Panel” window, look for the “User Accounts and Family Safety” menu and click “Add or remove user accounts” if you are using Windows Vista, or locate and click “User Accounts” if you are using Windows 7.

    - Click “Create New Account” and then type the name for the new account.

    - Choose between the “Standard user” and “Administrator” option. Standard users can only make changes that do not affect other users or security of the computer, whereas the latter have complete access to the computer and settings, thus allowing them to make changes that affect all the users as well.

    - Click “Create Account” to complete the process.

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    For Windows 8

    - Log in with an account that has administrator privileges and go to the Windows 8 Start Screen.

    - Type “Add User” and click on “Settings” in the search results once they appear.

    - Locate and click the “Give other users access to this computer” option. This will bring up the “User Settings” screen.

    - Scroll down until you see the “Add User” option under the “Other users” category. Click it.

    - You will be prompted to provide the user’s email address. If you do not have a Microsoft account already, you will need to create and register one before you can use it for the purpose of logging into Windows 8. For this, click “Sign up for a new email address.” However, you have an option of creating a local account, which would allow you to log in without a Microsoft account. To do this, click “Sign in without a Microsoft account.” Confirm your choice and then enter a username, password and hint for the new account.

    - Click “Next” to complete the process.

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