Add Another Windows 8 User to Your Computer

Administrator account holders in Windows 8 can add another User Account through the Start screen’s simple PC Settings screen. To add another user, follow these steps:

  1. Summon the Charms bar, click the Settings icon, and then click the words Change PC Settings.

    You can fetch the new Charms bar by pointing your mouse cursor at the screen’s top- or bottom-right corner, sliding a finger inward from a touchscreen’s right edge, or pressing Windows+C with a keyboard.

  2. From the PC Settings screen, click the Users category.

    The Your Account screen appears, showing ways to change your own account, as well as how to add another person.

    While you’re here, you can tweak your own account, changing your password or even switching from a Microsoft account to a Local account.

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  3. To add a new user account, click the words Add a User and then, in the Add a User window that appears, choose which type of account to create.

    Microsoft complicates matters, as shown in the Add a User window, by forcing you to choose which type of account to create for the new person. You have two choices:

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    • Local account: Select this option for casual guests, family members, or people not interested in Microsoft accounts and their privileges. It lets the person use your computer with a generic account. To create a Local account, click the words Don’t Want this Person to Sign In With a Microsoft Account? and then jump to Step 5.

    • Microsoft account: Select this option when somebody specifically asks for it. A Microsoft account is an e-mail address that links to Microsoft, its computers, and its billing department. The account holder can then buy apps using his own credit card, for example, fetch personal files he has stored on an Internet storage space called “SkyDrive,” and access other perks offered by a Microsoft account.

      To create a Microsoft account, go to the next step.

    Can’t decide which type of account to create? Then create a Local account. The person can always turn it into a Microsoft account later, if he wants.

  4. To create a Microsoft account, enter the account’s e-mail address in the Email Address text box, click Next, and then click Finish.

    The account will be waiting on the Start screen.

    When the person wants to use the computer, he chooses the account bearing his e-mail address and then types in his Microsoft account password. Windows visits the Internet, and if e-mail address and password match, the account is ready for action. You’ve finished.

  5. Click the words Sign in without a Microsoft Account.

    Alarmed that you’d consider choosing a lowly Local account over the wondrous Microsoft account, Microsoft displays a confirmation page with two buttons: Microsoft Account and Local Account.

  6. Click the Local Account button.

    This tells Microsoft that yes, you really do want a Local account. (After all, you can always convert a Local account into a Microsoft account later on.)

    A new screen appears, asking for a name for the account (username), the account’s password, and a password hint in case you forget the password.

  7. Enter a username, password, and password hint and then click Next.

    Use the person’s first name or nickname for the username. Then choose a simple password and hint; the user can change them after he signs in.

  8. Click Finish.

    Tell the person his new username and password. His username will be waiting at the Sign In screen for him to begin using the computer.

Unlike earlier Windows versions, Windows 8 creates Standard accounts for all new users. You can upgrade that later to an Administrator account if you want, by changing the account.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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