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    How to create a new Local User Account in Windows 8 / 8.1

    We all know that you need a user account to use Windows, and if you share a single PC with other people, each person should have their own account for safely and privacy reason. There are many benefits of having separate user account in Windows. Each person can customize their account with their own settings and preferences, like a desktop background or screen saver. User accounts also help control which files and apps each person can use and what changes they can make to the PC. But if you own the PC you can always make you the only Admin of your Windows who can only do any system related critical task.

    User Account concept is a very old item in computer world but in Windows 8 Microsoft adds some change in it. When you create a user account in Windows 8 or 8.1, you can choose between two types of accounts: a local account for that PC or a Microsoft account, which works on all the Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs you use. Though Microsoft recommends using a Microsoft account but my vote goes to local account because I don’t often use Live or Hotmail service. But if you are using those regularly then you can go for Microsoft account.

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    How to create a local user account Windows 8/8.1
    A local account is an account that lets you sign in to only one PC. If you create a local account, you’ll need a separate account for each PC you use. None of your settings will be synced between the Windows 8.1 PCs you use, and you won’t get the benefits of connecting your PC to your files, settings, apps, and services online in the cloud and accessible from anywhere. But keep in mind that you also won't be able to download apps from the Windows Store without a Microsoft account.

    Here’s the procedure or creating a local account-

    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.
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    2. Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Other accounts.
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    3. Tap or click Add an account. and then tap or click Sign in without a Microsoft account.
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    4. Then tap or click Sign in without a Microsoft account.
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    5. Tap or click Local account.
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    6. Enter a user name for the new account. If you want this person to sign in with a password, enter and verify the password, add a password hint, and then tap or click Next. I usually don't use any password in my home PC. But it totally depends on your surroundings.
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    7. Tap or click Finish.

    This is the tips for creating local account under new Windows 8 metro UI. You can always use the traditional ways by going to Control Panel>User Accounts to create a local account which is known to all of us.
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    Credit: Microsoft Official Support

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