Windows 10 is a “multi-user” system – that means it can support multiple user accounts on the same computer. That means more than one user can have an account on the computer. Additionally, some of the user accounts can be “Standard Users” – that means they don’t have the right to install programs or modify major system settings. The benefits of this are obvious. If you have a guest, for instance, you can created a limited user account and let him use your computer without fear of him accessing your files or installing programs on your computer. Also, if you have children, this is an excellent way to let your children use your Windows 10 computer without the risk of them inflicting damage or installing viruses. As of this writing, the author has worked in IT for over fifteen years, and a common problem is when parents let their children use their computer with the parent’s own account – virus infections quickly accumulate in short order. Better by far to give the children their own limited account.
Here’s how to create a limited user account in Windows 10.
-First launch the Settings app. There are three ways to launch the Settings app. The first is to open the Start Menu by either clicking the Start button on the left-hand side of the Taskbar or by tapping the WINDOWS key on your keyboard. Once the Start Menu appears, type the word “Settings.” The Settings app will be the top hit, and you can launch it by clicking on its icon.
The second way to launch the Settings app is through the Action Center, Windows 10’s notification area. You can open the Action Center by clicking on the Action Center icon in the Notification area in the right-hand side of the Taskbar, by swiping from the right edge of the screen on a Windows 10 tablet, or hitting the WINDOWS+A keys simultaneously. Once the Action Center opens on the right-hand side of the screen, you can launch the Settings app by clicking on the All Settings icon.
Finally, you can open the Settings app at any time by hitting the WINDOWS+I keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
-When the Settings screen app, click on the Accounts button.
-After the PC Settings app opens, click on the Accounts item in the left-hand pane.
-When Accounts opens, click on the Other Users link in the left-hand pane.
-Click on the button with the plus sign marked Add Someone Else To This PC.
-When the “How Will This Person Sign In?” dialog box appears, click on the “The Persona I Want To Add Doesn’t Have An Email Address” link?
-Next, click on the “Add A User Without A Microsoft Account” link.
-When the “Create An Account For This PC” dialog box appears, enter the user name for your new account, along with the password. You’ll need to enter the password twice to confirm it. Then hit the Next button.
-Finally, hit the Finish button, and the user account will be created.
By default, the new account will be a Standard user account, and will not be able to install new programs.