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How Do I Add a User Account in Microsoft Windows®

September 21, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to add new user account in Microsoft Windows® operation systems

People often share computers with family members, colleagues or friends and use them for different purposes, such as for work or pleasure. Microsoft Windows® has a feature that can create a separate account for each person using the same computer called a “User Account”. This feature sets up completely separate interfaces for each user so they can save their own unique settings. Each user would be given rights by the administrator who would change their personal preferences, such as desktop, keyboard, application settings, etc. The administrator's settings are kept private and are password protected from all other user accounts. System administrators in companies often set up user accounts to monitor and update employees’ computers. Follow the instructions below to add a user account.

Instructions for MS Windows® XP:

  1. Open the Start menu and click on the “Control Panel” button.
  2. Open “User Accounts”.
  3. Click on the “Create a new account” link.
  4. Insert the account’s name and click on the “Next” button.
  5. Choose the account’s type and click on the “Create Account” button.

Instructions for MS Windows Vista® and Windows® 7:

  1. Open the Start menu and click the “Control Panel” button.
  2. Click on the “Add or remove user accounts” button.
  3. Click on the “Create a new account” link.
  4. Insert the account’s name and type.
  5. Click on the “Create Account” button.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you click on an account in the “Users Accounts” overview, you can manage the details of the account.
  • In order to create a limited user account, an administrator account must already have been created and be logged on.


  • Please make note of the administrator account password and store in a safe place.
  • Individuals with limited user accounts are not able to manage other accounts.

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