Create and Delete User Accounts in Windows 10

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Adding, removing and managing local user accounts on a Windows 10 PC is good to know how to do, especially if the computer in question has multiple people using it at any given time. If you went straight from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you'd no doubt notice a change in how user accounts are managed. That said, as the Administrator, you have the power to create, remove, and change the account type from standard to administrator.

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In a scenario where several users share a PC, it's nice for everyone to have their account. This way, their settings, and preferences can remain the same each time they sign in. It's a great way to keep everything organized, as well as keep everyone happy.

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In this VisiHow How-to, we're going to show the steps for; creating a new local user account, making a user an administrator, and removing a user account.

Add a New User in Windows 10

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    Press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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    When the quick link menu appears, click "Settings".
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    From the Settings window, click "Accounts".
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    On the Accounts screen, click "Family & other people".
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    Here on Family & other people, click either "Add family a member" or "Add someone else to this PC".
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    For our example, we selected to add a family member.
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    Next, choose to add either an adult or a child. If the user already had a Microsoft account, enter their email address.
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    In our example, we clicked "The person I want to add doesn't have an email address".
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    Here on the account creation window, create an email address and password. Once you've found an available email address, enter their country and date of birth.
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    You can also choose "Use your email instead" if you'd prefer not set up another email address.
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    On the Security info window you have two options; Add a phone number or Add an alternate email address. For our example, we selected "Add an alternate email instead".
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    Next, enter an alternate email address, then click "Next".
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    Select either, none, or both of the options on the following window. Click "Next" to create the new account.
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Create Administrator Account in Windows 10

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By default, Microsoft will set a new user's account type to Standard. Follow the steps below to make a user an administrator. Be careful; as an administrator, a user can make system-wide changes to your PC.

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    Click the notification icon in the far right corner of the taskbar, then click "All settings".
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    On the Settings window, click "Accounts".
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    From the Accounts window, click "Family & other people".
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    Once on the Family & other people screen, click on the user account you want to allow administrative privileges.
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    When the user account options expand, click "Change account type".
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    On the Account type window, click the drop-down arrow to expand the options.
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    Once the account type options expand, click "Administrator", followed by "OK".
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    Now when you're back on the Family & other people screen, You'll notice that the account is listed as an Administrator.
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Delete a User in Windows 10

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    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + I to launch Settings.
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    From Settings, click "Accounts".
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    On the Accounts window, click "Family & other people".
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    Here on Family & other people, click on the user account you wish to delete to expand the options.
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    When the account options expand, click "Remove".
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    Next, click "Delete account and data". Please note that this removes all the user's account settings and data from the PC, so please make sure you want to delete the user.
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