How to create a Local account in Windows 11

Windows 11, the latest Operating system by Microsoft is scheduled to release later this year. When you set up a device for the first time, the user is strongly recommended to use Microsoft Account as it offers a lot of advantages compared to a Local account. For Home editions, there is no option to create a local account during the first run. Afterwards you have set your primary account as Microsoft Account, you can create a Local account if you need. This article shows how to Create a new Local account in Windows 11.

Microsoft Account vs Local account

A Local account is a kind of Offline account, where the detail is limited to only one PC. No data is synced over to other computers, and for apps that require sign in, need to be signed in separately using a Microsoft Account.

A Microsoft Account is an online account, which uses your email and password to sign in to the computer. It offers more security, provides more recovery options in case you forget your PIN or Password, Sync your themes, apps and settings to the other devices with the same Microsoft account, reduces activation hassle etc etc. One of my personal favorites is OneNote app - If I note something on a notebook, I can quickly access them on another computer as long as I am using the same Microsoft Account. In Windows 11, the start menu has a separate section for the files you recently accessed, provided they are on another computer.

How to Create a Local account in Windows 11

I list 3 methods to Create Local account in Windows 11 apart from the Settings app which is known to all, starting from the UI to the command line.

1. Create a Local account using netplwiz

  • Press Win+R Keys to open Run dialog box.

  • Type netplwiz and press enter.

  • Click Add button.

  • Click Sign in without a Microsoft Account. For Windows 10 Home, if you do not see that option, disconnect from the Internet.

  • Click Local account if prompted.

  • Type the username you want, and the password. You must also specify a hint. Click Next.

  • Click Finish.

  • Log off and log in to the new account.

Add a Local account using command Prompt.

Microsoft also offers an option to create a Local account using Command line. To create a Local account using Command Prompt(You can also use Terminal or Windows Powershell), see the steps below:

  • Type cmd in the search, right-click it and press enter. Alternatively, press Win+R, type cmd in Run and Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

  • Execute the command in the following format:

net user "<Username>" "<Password>" /add

  • Replace <Username> with the desired username, and <Password> with the desired password.

These steps can show you how to add a new local user account to Windows 11. If you want, you can promote the account from a standard account(by default), to an administrator that can make system wide changes, using the steps below:

  • Go to: Settings>Accounts>Family and other users.

  • Under Other users, click "Change Account type".

  • Change it to Administrator.

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Last updated September 19, 2021 Views 126 Applies to: