Just upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 because of speed and new interface. However, Microsoft has change something in Windows 8 so that I got difficulties in configuring Windows setting. How can I do create Windows 8 user account, especially local account?
Umm, as we know, it’s the time for cloud computing. Everything now are stored in cloud that you can access anywhere, anytime, as long as you have the Internet connection. And Microsoft don’t want to be out of the race. In Windows 8, Microsoft allow user to save their user account, settings to their cloud by providing addition windows 8 user account type named Microsoft account.
Let’s clarified these two types of user account in Windows 8 before going deeply into. With Microsoft account, you can use an email address as an account to sign in to Windows. With that account, all of your files, photos, settings and more are synchronized with Microsoft cloud. And when you change to another computer with Windows 8 installed, you can use that account to log into that computer and then all your synchronized content will be in place.
Local account is tradition type of Windows user account from Windows ME. All of your settings, files, photos is store locally, not on the cloud. So that when you change to other computers, you have to do again: create account, log-in, copy your backup files, blah blah blah. For people with security in mind or don’t want to upload all of their information to the Internet, local account still be the best choice.
Because you go from Windows 7 to Windows 8, so let’s try to create Windows 8 user account by following Windows 7 style.
Open the Control Panel by follow the article “How can I access Control Panel in Windows 8“. Like Windows 7, you can see familiar screen with full of options here. Look under “User Accounts and Family Safety”, then click on “Change account types”.
In Windows 8, some options are stored only in PC settings, it really makes you confused when configuring your computer. In the Manage Accounts window, below the box showing all of your accounts, there is one option named “Add new user in PC settings”. Click on it to create your local account.
You can see that there are many options for controlling your user information in PC settings screen. Look at the bottom of the screen, find the option “Add a user” and click on it.
By default, Microsoft assume that you will use Microsoft account. So you can see an input box for you to type in your email address as account to sign in Microsoft cloud. Forget it. Look at bottom, and click on “Sign in without a Microsoft account”. Then click on “Next”.
In the next screen, click on button “Local account” to create your desired local account.
Type in your User name for your Windows 8 local account then click “Next” to follow the wizard of creating user. You can see here that I inputted the name for my new Windows 8 user account is ‘local account’.
Clicking on “Finish”. As you’d expect, there is a local account named ‘local account’ in Other users part of PC settings screen.
And here is our accomplishments
By default, your newly created local account is created without any password. It means that you can log in as that user without inputting any password. It sounds not secure, isn’t it? To set password for your Windows 8 user account, I would make another tutorial on this. Please follow me to catch it up.