Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding local accounts to a Windows 10 PC, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- Now let's look at setting up a local account on a Windows 10 PC that will not be connected to either a domain user nor a Microsoft account. Just a local user that lives entirely on this PC. This was actually somewhat difficult to do in Windows 8. Microsoft really tried to force us to use Microsoft accounts. And for the most part there's nothing wrong with Microsoft accounts. But if you have an usual situation like a computer that's not connected to the Internet it can be very inconvenient to use those.
So it's nice to have the option to use a local account. Off the Start menu I'll go to Settings, and Accounts. In the left hand side I'll click on Other users. In the bottom half of the interface I'll click on the plus sign next to add someone to this PC. This first page of the interface ask me to give the email address or phone number of a Microsoft account. But if I got to the bottom I can click on I don't have this person's sign-in information.
That will take me to an interface where they want me to create a Microsoft account. So if you don't have a Microsoft account and would like to create one you can do that here, but that's not the goal of what we were trying to accomplish. You were trying to add a user without a Microsoft account which is in fact the option on the very last line. So I'll click on that and then it asks me for some very simple information. A user name, password and a password hint. So I'll go ahead and type all that in now.
And then I'll click next. And we see we have a new user called TestUser and that is a local account. It can be authenticated on a PC that is not connected to the Internet nor connected to a domain. If you have a domain that's probably the preferred way to go. If you don't have a domain and are connected to the Internet then a Microsoft account is probably the preferred way. But if neither one of those is an option local accounts will work perfectly fine.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10