During Windows 10 setup, or even when creating an account, admins are prompted to use Microsoft account or link existing account to it. While using a Microsoft account has its advantages, many a time you need a local administrator account. Here is how you can create a local administrator account in Windows 10. Microsoft has it, just that it’s not straight forward.
How to Create Local Administrator Account in Windows 10
- Open Add user account screen
- Choose to add Someone else to this PC
- Add without email, phone number and Microsoft account
- Create a local account and convert to an admin account
1] Type “Add User” in your Start Search bar. It will show the option “Add, Create users.” Click it.
2] This will open the Family & others Settings. Windows 10 lets you add family to your PC using the email id, but let’s skip that.
3] Right at the end of that page, you have the option Add Someone Else to this PC under Other Users.
4] Click and it will open another window and will still ask you for email id or a phone number.
5] In the same screen, you will have a link which says, “The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address.” Click it.
6] Next, it will yet again ask you for email id. Look below, and look for an option which says, “Add a user without Microsoft Account.” Click on it.
7] This is precisely where we wanted to reach. Next window is straightforward. Choose a name, password, and your local account is ready. The next step is to make it an admin account.
It will create a standard user who is not linked with any Microsoft account. In the next steps, we will change this standard account to the Administrator account.
Change Standard account to Admin account
- Go back to Family & other Settings as above.
- Select the account you want to change.
- Click on change account type.
- It will open a prompt where you change from Standard to Administrator.
I would have loved if Microsoft had a straight forward option to create a local administrator account in Windows 10. However, its not there, and till then, this is your best option.