Here is a quick tip on how you can add a new user account that’s not linked to any Microsoft Account online, a local account that only exists on your PC and nowhere else. While it’s great that Microsoft pushes the use of connected and synced account since Windows 8, you still have the option to create local user accounts in Windows 8.1.
Here is how you can do it step-by-step.
First, press Windows key + Q. This will launch a quick search from the right side. Type “settings”, find the “PC settings” from the result.
This will launch the new modern full screen PC settings. Click on the accounts from top left of PC settings.
Click on “Other accounts” tab, and then click on “Add an account” under Manager other accounts. You will see other accounts listed if your PC has more than one user accounts.
This will open a new overlay Windows, since we want to create a new local accounts. We are not going to enter an email address. Instead, click on the bottom of the window where it says, “Sign in without a Microsoft Account (not recommended)”
This will bring you to the next step where it tells you the difference between a Microsoft account and Local account. Read carefully if you still not sure what you want to do, if you have decided you want to go with a local account be sure to click “Local Account” from the bottom buttons.
The last step is to create local account user name and password, you can also give a password hint for easier access.
That’s it, once you created a new local account. You can log out your current account and login with your new local account.
Last words, since having a Microsoft Account works much better, we still recommend setting up a Microsoft Account that has your roaming profile on the cloud over a local account setup.
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Last updated: 10/28/2014