I explained to you earlier in the week about the differences between using a local Windows account and a Microsoft account with your PC. (You can click here to read that article.)

Now, I’ll show you how to set up a local account on your Windows 10 PC.  If you’re using Windows 10 with a Microsoft account and would like to switch to a local account, here’s how to do it.  First, shut down any apps you’re using and save your work.

Then click the Settings icon in your Start menu.


Then choose Accounts.


To switch to a local account, click on Sign in with a local account instead.


You’ll need to enter a username and passwords for this account. You’ll also add a password hint in case you forget it.


You’ll also be able to add security questions in case you forget your password. When that’s complete, click Sign out and finish. To access some apps, you may need to log into your Microsoft account.


You also have the option of adding additional local accounts for other users. They won’t be able to access the Windows Store or any other of your Microsoft services. Here’s how to do it. Under Accounts, click on Add someone else to this PC.


Microsoft is going to do their darndest to make you give that person a Microsoft account. But don’t worry, you don’t have to. Click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.


Instead of creating a Microsoft account, click on Add a user without a Microsoft account, which is hidden in teeny, weeny letters at the bottom.

You’ll get this screen.


Add a username and then enter the passwords and click next. You’ll also have the option of adding security questions in case the password is forgotten.  You’ll then be able to add security questions in case the user forgets their password. After that, just click Next.


That new account will not be an option when you sign in to your PC.