When booting up your PC for the very first time, Microsoft allows you to create only a single user at the time. However, not everyone’s needs and preferences align the same way and there are a plethora of circumstances where you might wish to create another user on your PC.
You might need it because it is either a work PC and various employees use it, or the computer is at home and you wish to have separate users for every member, or something completely different altogether.
Whatever be your reason, adding a user on your Windows 11 PC is a cakewalk. Moreover, there are multiple methods to do so, suiting everyone’s preference.
Method 1: Add Another User from the Settings App
This is the most convenient way of adding additional users on your Windows 11 PC if you prefer to use the GUI way instead of command-line tools. It is fast, simple, and easy to follow.
To add an additional user this way, first, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it.
After that, from the left sidebar, click on the ‘Accounts’ tab to proceed.
Then, on the right section of the window, locate and click on the ‘Other users’ tile to proceed.
After that, on the ‘Other users’ screen, click on the ‘Add account’ button to continue. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Windows operating system allows you to have local as well as users with Microsoft accounts. Though it is not necessary that every user should have a linked Microsoft account, that being said, a local user misses out on some key functionalities of the operating system along with the convenience as well.
Now, to add a Microsoft account user, from the separately opened window, enter the email address that this user would use in order to sign in to the PC and click on the ‘Next’. In case you wish to add a Local account, skip to the next part of this section.
If the email address you entered is already linked to a Microsoft Account, the process is now complete, click on the ‘Finish’ button to close the window. The next time you boot up the PC, you will have both the user’s profiles ready to sign in.
Note: An active internet connection will be required the first time the newly added user will sign in.
To add a local account/ user on your Windows PC, from the ‘Add account’ window, click on the ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information’ to proceed.
Then, on the next screen, click on the ‘Add a user without a Microsoft Account’ option to continue.
On the next screen, enter the name of the user in the text box present right underneath the ‘Who’s going to use this PC?’ option. Then, enter your password and confirm it by typing into the respective fields.
After that, scroll down a bit on the page, and select security questions by clicking on the drop-down menu present under the ‘In case you forget your password’ section. After selecting a security question, also type the answer for it in the ‘Your answer’ field. Do remember these questions will be needed to gain back access to your PC if you ever forget your password.
Once you have selected the security questions as per your preference, click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed.
Windows might take a moment to create a user account on your PC. Once it’s done you will be able to see the account listed on the ‘Other users’ page.
Method 2: Add Additional User from the User Accounts Wizard
If you like to do things the old school way, this method might suit you the best. You can summon the User Accounts wizard using the Run command utility to add an additional user to your Windows 11 PC. Functional, simple, and yet as effective.
To do so, press the Windows+R keys together on your keyboard to bring up the Run command utility. Then, type netplwiz in the text box and hit Enter on your keyboard to open the Control Panel on your system. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Now, from the separately opened window, make sure you have selected the ‘User’ tab. Then, click on the ‘Add’ button to add a user. This will open a separate overlay window on your screen.
Now, from the separately opened window, if you wish to use create a user with a Microsoft account, enter the email address of the user and click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed.
In case you wish to create a local user, click on the ‘Sign in without a Microsoft Account’ option to proceed.
If you had entered a Microsoft account email address, Windows will take a minute to configure it and on the next page display the new user. Now, click on the ‘Finish’ button to add the user and close the window. The newly added user will be able to sign in to your PC, however, they will need to be connected to the internet for the first time they log in on the computer with their user account.
In case you had selected to create a local account, on the next screen, click on the ‘Local account’ button to proceed further.
Then, on the next screen, enter the user’s name, the password for the user, and also the password hint. Once you have entered all the details, hit the ‘Next’ button present at the bottom right corner of the screen.
The new user will now be added to your Windows 11 PC and is ready to use. Click on the ‘Finish’ button to apply the changes and close the window.
Method 3: Add a New Local User using the Computer Management
Another way to add a user to your Windows 11 PC is by using the Computer Management tool that lets you quickly add another user. However, do note, this will only let you add a local user.
To add a new local user, first, press the Windows+X keys together on your keyboard. This will bring up an overlay menu from the taskbar present on your screen. After that, from the overlay menu, click on the ‘Computer Management’ option to continue. This will open a separate window on your screen.
After that, on the ‘Computer Management’ window, from the right section, click on the ‘Local Users and Groups’ tab to continue.
Then, on the right section, right-click on the ‘Users’ folder to reveal the context menu, and click on the ‘New users’ option to proceed. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Now, from the separately opened window, enter the name of the user in the text box following the ‘Username’ field. Then, enter the complete name of the user in the field following the ‘Full name’ option. After that, enter the password for the user account in the textbox following the ‘Password’ field and confirm it by entering again in the ‘Confirm password’ field.
Moreover, if you wish the user should be able to choose their own password, click on the checkbox preceding the ‘User must change password at next logon’ to allow them to be able to change the password on their first sign in.
Alternatively, in case you do not wish to allow the user to change the password, click on the checkbox preceding the ‘User cannot change password’ option. Along with that, you can also set the password to never expire, by clicking on the checkbox preceding the ‘Password never expires’ field.
After that, once you have entered all the details for the new user, click on the ‘Create’ button to add the user to your Windows 11 PC.
The new user will be available at the logon screen on the next restart of your PC.
Method 4: Add a User Using a Command Line Tool
In case your routine revolves around a command-line tool and you prefer it much more than the GUI route to add an additional user to your PC, this method will suit you best. Moreover, you only need to execute a single command to add a user.
To add a user using a command-line tool, first, head to the Start Menu and type Terminal to perform a search. Then, from the search results, right-click on the ‘Terminal’ tile to reveal the context menu and click to select the ‘Run as administrator’ option.
Now, a UAC (User Account Control) window will appear on your screen. If you are not logged in with an administrator account, enter the credentials for one. Otherwise, click on the ‘Yes’ button to proceed.
After that, on the ‘Terminal’ window type the below-mentioned code and hit Enter on your keyboard to execute the code.
Note: Replace the <username> and <password> placeholder by the actual username and password for the user that you wish to create. Also, the below-mentioned code can be executed on Command Prompt as well as the PowerShell.
net user <username> <password> /add
Once a user is added, you will receive a message right on the Terminal screen.
And that’s it, that’s all you need to do to add a user using a command-line tool. The new user will be available for login at the next startup of your PC.
There you go folks, hopefully, this guide will help you add an additional user to your Windows 11 PC.