Accounts Add Microsoft Account in Windows 11


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Having different accounts on a shared PC lets multiple people use the same device, all while giving everyone their own sign-in info, plus access to their own files, browser favorites, and desktop settings.

You can add a local user account (an offline account) or Microsoft account for a user to sign in to the PC with.

Signing in to PCs with a Microsoft account lets you:
  • Download apps from the Microsoft Store.
  • Get your online content in Microsoft apps automatically.
  • Sync settings online to make PCs look and feel the same - like your browser history, account picture, and color.
Signing in with a local account means:
  • You have to create a user name and account for each PC you use.
  • While not recommended, you can remove the account password if you like.
  • You'll need to sign in to the Microsoft Store with a Microsoft account to download apps from the Microsoft Store.
  • Your settings won't be synced across the PCs that you use.
When you create a new account, it will be a standard user by default. You can change the account type to be an administrator if wanted.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to add a Microsoft account as a user on the PC in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add an account.

The profile folder (ex: "C:\Users\<username>") will only be created for an added account the first time you sign in to it.

The profile folder name for a Microsoft account will be named using the first 5 characters of the Microsoft account's email address by default.



Contents





Option One

Add a Microsoft Account in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Family & other users or Other Users on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Family & other users settings

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3 Click/tap on the Add account button for Add other user on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type the email address of the Microsoft account you want to add, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.

7 The new Microsoft account will have to click/tap on Sign in when they sign in to Windows 11 for the first time while connected to the Internet. (see screenshot below)

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8 The Microsoft account will need to enter their password, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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9 If you have two-step verification turned on for your Microsoft account, you will need to click/tap on how (ex: text) you would like to get a security code, enter any required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshots below)

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10 Enter the code you received from Microsoft, and click/tap on Verify. (see screenshot below)

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11 The new Microsoft account will now need to choose their privacy settings before going to their desktop. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Add a Microsoft Account in netplwiz


1 Open netplwiz.exe.

2 In the Users tab, check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box if available. (see screenshot below step 3)

If you turned on For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device, then the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer setting will not be available.


3 Click/tap on the Add button. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type the email address of the Microsoft account you want to add, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7 The new Microsoft account will have to click/tap on Sign in when they sign in to Windows 11 for the first time while connected to the Internet. (see screenshot below)

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8 The Microsoft account will need to enter their password, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

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9 If you have two-step verification turned on for your Microsoft account, you will need to click/tap on how (ex: text) you would like to get a security code, enter any required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshots below)

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10 Enter the code you received from Microsoft, and click/tap on Verify. (see screenshot below)

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11 The new Microsoft account will now need to choose their privacy settings before going to their desktop. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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