Create a new local user account from PC Settings. Understand account types including Standard and Administrator. Create a new Microsoft account. Explore Child account options and understand what limitations exist for those account. Sign in with a local account and switch to a Microsoft account. Remove an account.
- [Instructor] There are several types of accounts you can create and use with Windows 10. The first is a Local account, which is an account that's only valid on the local machine. Any personalizations you make with this account don't follow you when you log on to another computer. There's also a Microsoft account. You can create one of these for a child or an adult. Personalizations you make here are stored in the Cloud and are applied to any computer you log onto using your Microsoft account credentials. Child accounts offer safety features as well.
The third type of account is one for work or school. You might have one of these if you sign in with an Office 365 account or other Microsoft services account and use it to access school or company resources. To access options to create these kinds of accounts, click Start, Settings, and Accounts. What you see here depends on what kind of account you're logged in with. I'm going to assume that you're connected to a local area network and that you're an administrator.
It doesn't matter right now if you're logged on with a local account or a Microsoft account, though. It does matter if you're logged on with a domain account. Domain accounts are managed by domain administrators and not local ones, so if that's the case, you won't be able to create the accounts required for a homegroup or workgroup here. Because there are so many types of accounts you can create, I won't be able to show you all of them. There's not a big reason to anyway, you simply work through the wizard and input information when you're prompted, but to give you an idea, I'll show you how to create a local account.
First, I'll click Family & other users, and then I'll click Add someone else to this PC. So this is where you have to make some decisions. I don't have the person's sign on information, I just want to create a local account, so I'll opt for this. I don't want to set up a Microsoft account, so I'm going to click Add a user without a Microsoft account. Now I'll type in the name of my new local user and create a password for her and I'll click Next. You can see the new account listed here in the Family & other users section.
If you're a network admin, though, or planning to become one, this isn't where you'll create accounts. You'll use Local Users and Groups. This is available in the computer management console. To get there, I'll right click Start and click Computer Management. I'll maximize the window and I'll pull this out a little to give us a little room. I'll click Local Users and Groups. Now I'll double click Users. You can see my new user here.
Again, I can expand this to give us a little better view. So take a look what's here. You can see my account and a guest account. There's an administrator account too. I'll double click Guest now so you can see a properties dialog box for a user. Notice the Guest account is disabled. If you have guest visit you can simply enable this account instead of creating new accounts for your visitors. Now I'll click Member Of, you can see that the Guest is a member of a guests group.
It's not in the administrators group, the home users group, or any other. This is important because it limits a guests access to computer resources. I'll click Cancel for now. You can create a new account here. This is a better way to create an account if you're the computer administrator because it gives you more options and finer control. To get started, right click an empty area of the window and click New User. Fill out the information and notice Account is disabled is not checked.
When you're ready, click Create. You can continue to create accounts in this manner or click Close. I'll click Close. And here's my new account. I'd like to show you a little more now. Let's double click the new user account. Let's click the Member Of tab. You can see this member is a member of two groups, Home Users and Users, if I want to, I can remove the user from any of these default groups. I'll click Home Users and Remove and Users and Remove.
And if I'd like, I can add her to some other group. I'll add her to Guests. I'll type Guests and click Check Names and I'll click OK. Now Allison is a member of the Guests group. I'll click OK to continue. To see a list of groups you can use, click the Groups link in the left pane. I'll expand this so we can see the descriptions. If you opt to put a user into one of these groups, they'll inherit the permissions for that group. Users in the Administrators group, have administrator access to the computer, that's full control.
If you put a user into the Guests group, that user, when logged on, only has the permissions a guest would have, which is very limited access. You can learn more about the permissions for any group by double clicking it. Here Administrators have complete and unrestricted access to the computer or the domain, and this is the same thing it says here. You can also read about Backup Operators, Guests, and so on. For the most part, you'll stick with Administrators and Users and maybe HomeUsers, but as time goes on, and you become more accustomed to the available groups, you could create accounts for Remote Desktop Users, Hyper-V Administrators, and so on.
Let's take one more look at the properties dialog box for a user. From the General tab, you can disable the account anytime you like. This is a handy feature if you ever need to make an account inactive for awhile or when a guest leaves your home. So that's an overview of Users. There are many types of users and accounts. HomeUsers often use the accounts window in Settings, but Local Admins can use the Local Users and Groups option for more granular control. Continue to explore and note that you can create new groups just like you can create new users.
Explore from the Groups tab if you're curious and if time allows.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell