Multiple user accounts are a huge convenience for Windows users. Specially if your PC is accessed by multiple users, or you’re working in a shared office space environment.
Apart from improving your account security, multiple accounts also help you improve your workflow by neatly separating your account settings and files. Now, Windows users are lucky in that apart from the official Microsoft user account, they also have an option to choose an offline local account, which they can access by avoiding any hassles from Microsoft.
In this article we’ve covered the exact methods you need to create a local user account. Let’s get started.
1. Create a Local User Account With Netplwiz
Netplwiz is a free utility for helping you manage your user accounts in Windows. Think of it as a Control Panel for user accounts.
You can add new accounts, remove old ones, change or remove passwords, tweak the accounts type, and so on.
To create a local user account with netplwiz, follow the steps below:
- Go to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘netplwiz,’ and select the Best match.
- In the netplwiz window, you’ll see the primary account on top. To set up a new account here, click on Add.
- In the dialog box, click on Sign in without a Microsoft account (non-recommended).
- Click on Local account and to go head with the account creation.
- Enter a new username and password, and click on Next.
- Click on Finish to finalize your account creation process.
Once you’ve completed these steps, your account will be successfully created, and you’ll be taken back to the User accounts tab. The newly created account will be available in the list of accounts there. If you decide to delete your account at a later time, though, you can check out our detailed guide on how to remove user accounts in Windows 11.
2. Create a Local Account with Windows Settings
Another simple method in our arsenal, you can access the Settings app and create your local account in a few steps. Here’s how:
- Press Win + I together to launch the Settings app. Alternatively, go to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘settings,’ and select the Best match.
- Navigate to Accounts > Family & other users, and click on Add account to add other user.
- In the new dialog box, select the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information option.
- Now click on Add a user without a Microsoft account and select Next.
- You’ll then get asked to set up the credentials for your new account. Enter a relevant username and set a strong password. Subsequently, set up relevant security questions to retrieve your password in case you forget it.
- Finally, click on Next again, and your account will be created.
When you’ve followed the above steps correctly, your account will be created in a few seconds. You’ll then be returned to the Settings menu, where you can see the new account along with other accounts.
Note: Make sure you enter a password that you can recall easily later on, so as to avoid any account access issues. If you use the PC at home, we’d suggest you make a note of it and keep the password someplace safe. Although there are ways to retrieve your account in case of password loss, it’s better to be prepared for situations like these.
3. Create a Local User Account With Command Prompt
The Command prompt is a free text-based interpreter available in all the Windows operating systems. It works by taking inputs for the keyboard and then executing the tasks based on these inputs.
You can create a local user account with the help of the Command Prompt. Here’s how:
- Head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘command prompt,’ and you’ll see the icon for Command Prompt. Now run the Command Prompt as an administrator by right-clicking it and selecting Run as administrator.
- An elevated Command prompt will be launched. Type in the following code in the command line and hit Enter:
net user username password /add
In the above command, replace the keywords username and password with a relevant username and password of your liking. Also, make sure you’ve stored the password at a proper place. Because unlike in the Settings methods above, here you don’t get an option to set security questions. So if you forget the password, you would’ve no way to access it again.
If you’ve followed the above steps and a local user account will be created instantly. If you see something like, “The command completed successfully,” as shown above, then you can feel rest assured that a new local account has been created. To verify the account, go to the Start menu and click on your profile. You’ll see all the additional accounts there, along with your newly created account.
4. Create a Local User Account With Computer Management
If you’re running the Pro version of Windows instead of the popular, basic Home version, then you can use Computer Management for adding a local user account.
Computer Management is a collection of administrative Windows tools that let you manage a local or remote Windows computer. Apart from app management and monitoring, you can also optimize your Windows sessions and view system properties with Computer Management.
To create a local user account with it, follow the steps below:
- Go to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘computer management,’ and select the best match.
- Select System Tools > Local Users and Groups section from the left corner.
- Now right-click on Users > click on New User.
Now fill in all the relevant credentials for your new account; choose a suitable username and password, and a new account will be created instantly.
All About Creating Local User Accounts on Windows 11
And that’s everything about local accounts, folks. Although the methods to set up a local user account are diverse in approach, they all end up giving you the same local user account. So pick the method that’s suited to your specific situation, and down with creating a new account.
Another feature of the user accounts is that, if after some time you’d like to change your user account type for some reason, you can do so early with the help of similar methods available in Windows.