How to create and remove user accounts on Windows 8?

Windows 8 provides a facility to administer several user accounts on a single computer. One of the main reasons for providing this functionality is security. Owning one user account with administrator rights and maintaining the other accounts with standard permissions makes the computer more difficult to infect with malware. Furthermore, it is more convenient, since personal files are stored separately and thus users do not have to worry about data loss. Windows 8 also allows the creation of a live Windows account. This type of account provides more options, since you can download live applications, use Mail, Calendar, and other features. This tutorial describes how to add or remove user accounts in Windows 8.

Note: after the initial creation of an account, you can always change its type from Microsoft live to local or vice versa.



Creating an account in Windows 8:

1. First, go to the Start menu and type 'user account'.

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 1

When the search appears, click 'Settings' on the right side of the screen and select the 'Give other users access to this computer' option from the search results.

2. When the PC Settings window opens, click 'Add a user'.

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 2

3. By default, Windows 8 asks you to enter the user's email address to log in as a Live Microsoft user, however, if you do not wish to create a live user, click on the last option - 'Sign in without a Microsoft account'.

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 3

4. Choose the type of an account you wish to create (Local account).

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 4

5. Enter the user info.

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 5

6. After entering the info, an option to add child protection from adult applications and inappropriate content appears. If you are creating an account for young children, check the box.

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 6

7. Your account has been created.

How to add user account in Windows 8 step 7
Deleting an account in Windows 8:

1. Go to the Start menu and type 'user account'.

How to remove user account in Windows 8 step 1
When the search appears, click 'Settings' and select 'Remove user accounts' from the search results.

2. Choose the required account.

How to remove user account in Windows 8 step 2
3. Click 'Delete the account'.

How to remove user account in Windows 8 step 3
4. Choose if you wish to keep the personal user files.

How to remove user account in Windows 8 step 4

5. Click 'Delete Account'.

How to remove user account in Windows 8 step 5
Proper management of user accounts is very important: you can protect your children from adult content and keep your computer safe from malware and viruses by not providing certain users with administrator privileges, etc.

Here is a video showing how to create and remove user accounts on Windows 8:

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