How to manage personal accounts on Windows 10 (PC)

Just like on Windows 8, besides local accounts, Microsoft also introduced the ability for users to use Microsoft account to access on Windows 10. So what is a Microsoft account, useful? And how do you manage your Microsoft account and local account on Windows 10? Today we will answer these questions for you.

Local account, Microsoft account.

Local Account is an account that you are familiar with for use on earlier versions of Windows, and does not require the email.

Microsoft accounts are Outlook, Hotmail, Live, or MSN accounts. Unlike local accounts, Microsoft accounts will help you synchronize settings across desktops, laptops, and phones. Includes wallpaper, web browser settings, passwords, languages and general settings.

If you use a local account, you can:

  • Access your Windows 10 computer.
  • Install traditional computer applications.
  • Installation only saved on a single computer.

If you use a Microsoft account, you can:

  • Access your Windows 10 computer.
  • Install traditional computer applications.
  • Install applications on the Windows Store.
  • Setup Sync, OneDrive between devices (Asynchronous Start Menu and Windows Store app).

So how to manage your account. The following will be basic installation instructions for your Microsoft account as well as your local account.

1. Account settings:

Now that you know the fundamentals are different between a Microsoft account and a local account. If you find that you can not use a certain application, or can not access the Windows Store, as well as download the new build for Windows Insider users, the first thing you should check is that you have logged in. Microsoft has not. To do that, go to Setting> Accounts> Your account.

If you see the text under the username, then you use a local account, in case you want to switch to Microsoft account, select Sign in with a Microsoft account. In the “Make it yours” dialog, enter your account information and press Sign in. You will also be prompted to re-enter the password, and then simply click Next.

You also get a prompt to create a PIN, which Microsoft says is safer than the password, but you can also ignore it if you do not want to.

The options available to set up your account are: Ability to replace a photo by selecting an available photo from the camera or taking a live webcam. You can also add other accounts that you use in this section.

2. Customize login:

As with Windows 8, you can also customize ways to authenticate your account and log in to your Windows 10 computer. From the Sign-in options page, you can change your current password, set your PIN, and Windows Hello, also you can set password picture.

To change the current password, select the Change button under Password. A dialog will open, this is where you will enter the old and new password to change.

To set a PIN, select Add under PIN, a dialog box opens. You will need to re-enter your current account password, and then enter your PIN twice, then click OK.

Keep in mind that PIN use also works with local accounts. You can not remotely access and use your PIN to sign in. This is one reason why PINs are more secure than passwords because if someone has stolen your PIN, they will only be able to access it if they “stolen” your computer.

In Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new security feature, called Windows Hello. The feature will use either face recognition or fingerprints to sign in to your account without a password. However, the main function of this feature is face recognition. For Windows Hello to recognize your face and get instant access to Windows 10, your device must be equipped with Intel RealSense 3D camera technology. At the present time, only a few machines come with this technology. However, if you do not want to upgrade your computer this year, then you can also buy a separate RealSense camera for $ 99 from Intel.

Finally, you can also create an image password. You will need to set up where you will create gestures to use as passwords.

To set an image password, select Add under Picture Password, enter your account password, and a dialog box will appear. To the left of the box, select Choose picture to select the image that you want to use as the password. After selecting the image, click Use this picture, then draw the 3 gestures that you want to set as passwords on the image, draw a line, circle, or simply touch a point. Then you will have to re-enter the gesture again and then click Finish to complete.

From the Sign-in options, below the Require sign-in, you can change it to turn off and enable the log-in request after Sleep.

3. Work access:

Work access is for business or educational purposes, allowing your Windows 10 computer to be able to access resources such as networks, applications, and email from your work or school. In general, your network administrator will provide the necessary information for you to connect to.

4. User management:

Family & other users is a place for you to add, delete and manage new accounts on your computer.

Under Your family, you can allow others you trust to use your computer with their accounts, settings, and apps.

You can add two account disorders: “Adult” and “Child.”

Adult: This account is the type of account you use if your family does not have children. Adult accounts come in two flavors: “Administrator” or “Standard user”, as in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

When you create a new account, by default the account created is Standard user. This setup will give the user the freedom to use almost anything on the same computer as the Administator account. However, the biggest difference is that you can not change security settings, install software without permission, or do anything that affects other users. (This is the type of account that is recommended for others on your computer.)

Administator account will allow you to manage everything on your computer completely.

Child: This is an account that helps keep your child’s information secure when using a computer. When you create a new account for your kids, you can customize your PC, use the app, and access the Internet. In addition, you can also set up usage reports, web access, application restrictions, games, and time usage.

And of course, the Child account can not change security settings or install software without permission.

Besides, you can also manage your multiple accounts on Windows using the online Microsoft account dashboard.

Sign in to, and you’ll be able to view and manage all of your accounts through your computer, tablet, and phone. Besides adding or deleting Adult accounts through the control panel, you can manage more features with your Child account.

For example, you can set up activity reports, including online search history, recently visited sites, apps and games, and the amount of time a computer user .

Web browsing filters are a great feature to keep your children safe on the go. In your control panel, you can block inappropriate websites, and even create a list of allowed and blocked sites. This setup is extremely useful for those who want more control over which websites they want to visit. However, the best feature is that this filter not only works with Microsoft Edge and IE, but also works with all other applications including Chrome and Firefox. Therefore, web content filtering will be installed at the system level, not just at the browser level. This is a great way to protect your children when they are on the Internet.

If a child tries to access an unauthorized website, an option will be displayed, informing them of unauthorized access, as well as the “Ask for permission” button to ask for access. Site from an Adult account.

App & games also offers the ability to block apps and games that are not suitable for kids, and this setting will apply to both Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and even Windows Phone 8.x. In addition, you can limit the apps and games that your child can access through the Windows Store by setting an age limit.

Screen time will allow you to set the maximum time that children can use the computer. You can set the usage schedule for each day of the week, and you can control when it is allowed and used for how long. If your kids do not do homework, you can block access for a whole day or even a week.

Remember that all accounts have their own control panel. While a child account can only see other members of the family who have access to the computer, the Adult account can manage the child account and other Adult accounts.

5. Add accounts in Windows 10:

Although many families will choose for each user a computer, but there are still many people sharing computers with each other. So, if you need to add accounts in Windows 10, we will help you:

  • Go to Setting> Accounts> Family & other users.
  • Select Add a family member, then a dialog box will appear, choose the account type you want, enter their email address and select Next, Confirm and finally Close.

Note: If you want to add an account without email, you can select “The person I want to add”. However, you will not receive a “family” invitation, so it’s best to create a Microsoft account to use.

  • Now the new account has been added to your computer, but before new users can log in, they must check their inbox to accept the invitation. Once the invitation is accepted, the word “Pending” will disappear from the account, and the user will be able to access it.

At any time, you can also select a user, and select Change account type to change the account type or Block to block users from using your computer.

If you want to manage more or delete accounts, you can select Manage family settings online under the account under Settings to access your Microsoft account dashboard.

It is interesting that if your account is deleted from your computer, you will receive an email saying “You’ve been removed from your family.”

For those who are still using a local account, you can not add an account to use on your computer.

Different members will have different types of accounts, which means they are not part of the family and they are using a temporary computer. Basically, creating a new user account via “Other users” will create a Standard user account. This account will not be added to your Microsoft online account dashboard. In addition, the user does not need to confirm the invitation email, and to delete that account, just select it and click Remove.

There is also the Set up assigned access option that will restrict an account to only open one Windows Store app. This feature will be very useful to lock your system that only opens a single application. For example, if you have a party with lots of people, you can create a temporary account to open the Groove Music app. And anyone at the party can use this app to pick music, but it does not affect your app, your documents, or simply let them not post a status to your Facebook page. be allowed.

6. Synchronization settings:

Finally, if you use a Microsoft account, you can mount the installation across devices. From Sync your setting, you can turn sync on or off, or select synced apps. Settings that can be synced include: wallpaper, browser settings, password, language, and a number of other settings.


Managing users on Windows 10 is still very similar to what we see on Windows 8, but Microsoft has streamlined and simplified the work with multiple accounts on Windows 10. In addition the company has added many improvements Microsoft account panel, a feature that many people do not know. This could change the future, helping Windows 10 become more dependent on cloud computing.

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