How To Add and Manage New Users in Windows 8

If the PC running Windows 8 in your house needs to have another user account, you need to set up a new user. You already know how to add a user in Windows 7 and here’s how to do it in Windows 8.

You’ll need to have Administrator rights to add a new user. Each new user you add will have a Standard User account type.

Add User via Metro UI

In the metro (modern) interface, hover your mouse in the lower right corner of the screen and click Settings in the Charms bar. Or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + C to display it.

Settings Charms Bar

Then click Change PC Settings.
Change PC Settings

The new Windows 8 Control Panel will appear. Select Users under PC Settings on the left and click Add a User under Other Users on the left.

Add a User

Enter the new user’s Microsoft Account email address. Or, if you want to make them a local user, click Sign In Without a Microsoft Account. Click Next.

Add a User Email

The new user’s Windows Account email is displayed, if you’re setting it up for one of your kids, you might want to enable the Family Safety feature.

parental controls option

Back under User Accounts in the Metro UI, the new user will be displayed under Other Users.

Other User Added

The next time the new user logs in, they need to click the arrow to Switch User.

Switch User

Then they just need to click on their account icon to log in.

Two Users

Manage User Accounts from the Desktop

You can access User Accounts from the Desktop too. Bring up the Windows 8 Power User Menu and select Control Panel.

Windows 8 Power User Menu

After the Control panel opens, change the view to Large Icons, scroll down and select User Accounts.

Classic CP User Accounts

On the next screen, click Manage Another Account.

Manage Another Account

Now select the user account you want to make changes to. Or, click Add a New User in PC Settings.

Manage Accounts

Clicking Add a User in PC Settings will bring you back to the Metro interface where you can follow the previous steps.

Add User Metro

If you click on an account to make changes, you’ll still be on the Desktop where you can adjust some user settings.

Make Changes to Account

After you’ve created the user, they might want to change their Windows 8 profile picture.

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