How to Manage Microsoft and Local Accounts on PC (Windows 10 or 11)

How to add/remove a Microsoft account on Windows 10 and 11? How to add/remove a local account? How to change user?

Having multiple different PC accounts allows multiple people to use the same device, each with their own login credentials, files, browser favorites, and other desktop settings. Even without having several separate people using the machine, having several accounts makes it possible to separate the workspaces, with an account for the personal, an account for work, for example. In the article below, we tell you how to manage accounts on a PC Windows 10 or Windows 11.

In Windows 10 (Home or Professional), adding a Microsoft account on the machine is very simple:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & other users.
  2. Under Other users, select Add someone else to this PC.
  3. Enter the Microsoft account information to add and follow the instructions.

The account is now created and usable. To delete it, if necessary, still in Family & other users, select the name or the e-mail address of the person then click on Delete. The operation does not delete the Microsoft account of the person in question, only their login information on your PC.

On Windows 11, the process is very similar. Direction Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & other users, then under Other users, click on Add another user and finally Add an account. There, you must enter the Microsoft account information to add and follow the instructions.

The deletion is accessible via this same window. Once the flyout menu of the account to be deleted has been selected, simply click on Delete. The account in question is simply deleted from the machine, the Microsoft account still exists.

What about local accounts?

Windows also allows, if you wish, to use local accounts rather than Microsoft accounts. In Start > Settings > Accounts > Your information, you can find out whether you are using a Microsoft account or a local account. If you see Sign in with a Microsoft account instead, you’re using a local account. If you see Sign in with a local account instead, you’re already using your Microsoft account.

Switching users is the next logical step now that you have added different accounts. To do this, nothing simpler. On Windows 10, select the Start button on the taskbar. Next, on the left side of the Start menu, select the account name icon (or image), then Switch user and another user.

On Windows 11, Select Start, right-click the account name icon (or image), then select Switch User.

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