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 aÂ local user accountÂ (an offline account) orÂ Microsoft accountÂ 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 local account, it will be aÂ standard userÂ by default. You can change the account type to be anÂ administratorÂ if wanted.
This tutorial will show you how to add a local account as a user on the PC in Windows 11.